Safdasan | FAQ's


This page is dedicated to answering many of your questions about Illustration and how it might help you create success in your business.

We hope this page will serve as a companion to our "Hire Me" section, showing you how we can partner with you to help you achieve your design & creative goals.

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  1. What should I know in advance when working with me as an illustrator?

I find my best working environment is when a client comes to me with a clear idea of the concept of the illustration s/he wants to commission. If you have a specific idea in mind for your project, explain it as clearly as possible so that I have a clear picture of what you want. The better you can describe your concept, the easier it is for me to execute your concept on paper. This also has the added benefit of costing you less money in the long run because I will spend less time trying to guess what you ultimately want as the final product.

On the other hand, I’ve worked with some clients that have a vague idea of their desired concept and instead, allow me to incorporate my own interpretation based off of a general concept. This is perfectly fine, however, if you’re in this situation, you should have an open mind and allow me to express my vision along with yours.

  1. What do you like and dislike about being an illustrator?

I like the process of coming up with different ways to draw an image, person, or scene. What I don't like is the necessary but tedious work of running a business that allows me to make a living doing what I enjoy.

  1. What is your design process?

A popular misconception is that good creative work often comes in a flash of inspiration. What's more accurate for me is that it comes from lots of trial and error. At the early stage of preparation, what I do is take the time to consider several approaches (concepts), work them through, evaluate, and try them out. Then I revise them as needed.

I normally ask for up to two weeks, depending on the job's complexity, before submitting rough concepts for review. During this time, I do research and gather reference material that I will use for the project. I then create and pass rough sketches to the client for review. If revisions need to be made, this is when they are done. It is my experience that it is best to present the rough concepts to just one or two individuals connected to the project. This ensures that we all stay focused and are not distracted by too many differing opinions.

Once the sketch is approved, the next phase of the project begins, which is to create an accurate layout and design of the illustration. When this is completed, it is passed on again for review.

Once the layout is approved and the green light is given to proceed forward, then I complete the illustration. When completed, I deliver the project upon receiving the balance due, unless otherwise stated.

  1. What is the difference beween "Commissioned Work" and "Work for Hire?"

Commissioned work includes work created for the client with the caveat that the artist retains all rights to the work. As such, when the artist is commissioned for that work, it is important to stipulate the parameters (venue and length of use) for a given work. The cost charged for the work will be in direct proportion to the parameters agreed upon (via contract) for that work. Conversely, "Work for Hire" is defined as work done where the rights and ownership are transferred to the client at completion of the work. These agreements usually carry larger costs to compensate for the transfer of ownership rights.

  1. What mediums do you use when you work?

I use a combination of pencil, ink, acrylics, markers, and digital painting. Depending on the medium I’m working in, that will determine the size I will ultimately work on. If the illustration is done mostly in a digital paint medium, then I will work as large as, or up to, 17 x 20. When working with other mediums such as, markers, and ink, I usually will work with 13 x 19 and smaller. With pencil, I'll work as large as 17 x 20 and smaller. These are only relevant for original pieces of art. Reproductions can be made as big as the client desires and that technology allows.

  1. What challenges can arise between a client and illustrator when working together?

Challenges between the illustrator and client can arise when the client does not have a clear idea of what s/he wants during the planning phase but rejects every concept provided. In order to avoid this, it is important for both the client and illustrator to be patient and maintain active communication with each other through the development phase. It is also critical to agree upon deliverables and cost at the front end in order to manage expectations in a healthy way.

  1. Who owns the rights to the art work once it's completed and paid for?

This is a copyright issue. When a work is created, the rights automatically belong only to the person who created the work, unless s/he physically signs the copyright away to someone else. This is the artist's right of ownership in a piece of work s/he created. If the artist sells an original piece s/he created to someone, or a reproduction of the work, the purchaser cannot reproduce the work in any way without written permission from the artist.

If a client desires full rights to my work, there will be a written agreement in place detailing the extent of those rights and the cost associated with obtaining full rights to my work.

  1. What are my rights as purchaser of a completed illustration?

It depends on the usage rights that were sold and transferred to you during the negotiation. If you paid for an original piece or a copy of an original, you have the right to display the work. If you later decide that you want to make copies of the artwork, then you must obtain print rights. Any rights not specifically transferred in writing are retained by the artist.

  1. Have you ever turned down a job?

Yes. In cases where I'm not the right person for the job and know that I wouldn't do it justice. In cases where a client has no idea or understanding of what it is they are looking for or need. I have also turned down job when the compensation being offered is not compatible to the time and effort required to do the work.