This personalized commission is for one of my repeat clients, Ben. He’s commissioned me for a work illustration, and a dragon themed one for his man cave. This time he wanted to get one for his wife on Valentine’s day.
Since I know him pretty well, I knew I could really open up with the composition. The only direction he gave was that he wanted his wife to look like a Disney princess coming down her palace steps, and he wanted to be her prince. Ben even found me some great reference that worked perfectly for this drawing. It’s always great when the client has a vision and gives me some good guidance to really bring out the details. But then to have them trust me to do the best illustration I can, makes for a perfect collaboration. Ben has become a master at this!
At 11×17, I wanted to fill this composition with lots of fun characters, give it some great depth and movement and have Ben, his kids and wife really stand out. With smaller sized illustrations, you have to limit the amount of characters and background, so depending on what you envision will determine what size you might want to go with. I offer 8×10 and 20×30, so whatever your needs are can be met. In this case, the size Ben chose was perfect for what we talked about.
In doing a Disney style, it gives me focus with how far I can go with the caricatures of the clients. In the initial consultation, we go over this kind of stuff, colour themes, styles, compositions, and the all important motif-superhero, movie, tv, sports, video game or mash up of a few. I very quickly envision what you will look like and can translate what I imagine, to you in a clear language that gets you excited about the project. This is part of the art of personalized illustrations, so that you have a good idea of what it will look like.
But this is just the initial part of the process. I also have an online contract, with details of what was talked about, as well as a booking letter going over my process. Ben has been through it a few times, so he knows what to expect. It’s great when I have repeat clients who are familiar with what I do.
As Ben lives in the States, I never get a face to face to drop the personalized illustration off when it’s done. That being said, he’s so enthusiastic and encouraging in his emails, and when we talk on the phone. It’s really what makes what I do worth doing. One of the perks of a personalized illustration from me, is that I have many connections to print and deliver your art anywhere in the world at a reasonable cost. I’ve sent out illustrations as far out as the Philippines, and have many clients in the States.
The whole process for this one took a few weeks. Of course depending on the time of year, the size and detail of the composition and how much back and forth is between me and you, will determine how long it takes. But if you’re looking to get this to a loved on at a specific time, like for a birthday, anniversary, valentines or wedding, then it’s important to give yourself plenty of lead time, as my calendar is usually booked a few months in advance.
So there you have it. A bit of incite into the process of a personalized illustration. I’ll be doing a weekly blog that goes over some of the personalized illustrations I’ve done, as well as other illustrated projects I’ve got coming up. Feel free and send me questions or ideas you might have for your personalized illustration!