FAQs

Did you really not start painting or drawing until you were 32 years old?

Yep.

Why don’t you have comments on your blog?

There are a few reasons I don’t have comments on my blog. You can read about them here.

Where can I buy your work, products and books or sign up for classes?

Many of the places I sell my work (or places you can find my work for sale) are featured on the right hand sidebar of my blog, along with classes I am currently teaching. If you are looking for something and can’t find it, feel free to send me an email of inquiry and I’ll do my best to get back to you!

Where can I review your portfolio & client list?

You can view my online portfolio & client list here.

Are you hiring an intern or assistant?

I currently employ an assistant who works for me on an as-needed basis, so I am not hiring at this time.

I would like to write you an email. Can I expect to hear back from you?

If you are a potential client, I will always email you back within 24 hours M-F. I try to write personal responses to the personal emails I get from readers and people who enjoy my work, but I can’t always respond to every email, mostly because I’m just really busy. My inbox becomes so full from time to time that emails fall through the cracks and occasionally I never respond. I do read all of the emails I get, and I am so grateful for all of the love and support I receive!

Can you give me advice on how to become an illustrator or how to promote myself as an illustrator?

Here are a few resources: First, check out this blog post I wrote about making illustration your full time job. I also wrote this post about transitioning to full time artist. Next, pre-order my upcoming book Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, which comes out in August of 2014. Lastly, I occasionally teach classes on professional illustration through Makeshift Society in San Francisco and Brooklyn. Check my blog regularly for class updates and other learning opportunities.

Will you have coffee with me so I can pick your brain, get feedback on my work or ask you for some career advice?

As much as I love the invitations to have coffee or tea and as much as I love meeting new people and talking about the world of art and illustration, my life is very full, and I rarely have time to take coffee dates, especially with people with whom I’m not already acquainted. I also don’t do paid career consulting sessions, since I want to focus most of my energy on making art.

What materials do you use?

I use so many different materials! You can read about some of my favorites here.

Do you accept advertising on your blog?

Sometimes! Email me if you are interested.

How do you like living in Oakland?

I love living in Oakland! You can read more about my experience here.

I’m coming to San Francisco! Can you tell me where to go to see cool things?

I don’t have time to respond to every request I get for great San Francisco spots. I highly recommend downloading the Bohemian Modern San Francisco App written by my friend Victoria Smith.

Will you donate art to my fundraiser?

I try to donate to as many fundraisers as I am able, but I get a lot of requests and can’t always participate in all of them. I am most apt to donate to causes that are near or dear to my heart or sponsored by people I know. Please email me with your request and I will do my best to get back to you!

Can I visit your studio?

I take studio visits from gallery owners, curators, and people interested in purchasing my original work. If you fit into one of those categories, feel free to email me about setting up a visit.

I would like to interview you for a school paper I am writing/my blog/a print publication. Do you do interviews?

Yes. I feel honored that people are interested in featuring my work, and I try to do as many interviews as I am able for as many different purposes as possible. Your best bet is to give me a lot of lead time and make the process as simple for me as possible. That said, even in the best of circumstances, I do not always have time to do interviews, so sometimes I have to say no.

Do you take commissions?

Yes. If I’ve got time and you’ve got money, I’ll make you a painting, hand lettered quote or drawing, as long as your request falls within my comfort level and style. I do require a down payment and some art direction (you give me as much specific information as you can about what you’d like me to create for you) and a lot of lead time. For the record, I no longer take commissions for human or pet portraits.

Do you design logos or blog headers?

No, I do not design logos or blog headers. Blogs and logos are personal. Blog headers and logos need to show who you are, and I’m never sure my artwork can show who someone else is. Also, I’m not a graphic designer, so layout and incorporating text are not my skill sets. I think it’s best to hire a graphic designer or illustrator who specializes in this kind of work to design your blog header or logo.

Will you design a tattoo for me?

No. I love tattoos. I have a whole bunch of them on my own body. Tattoos are so personal and, well… permanent. I tend to get really anxious when I design tattoos, and I realized it’s because I feel enormous pressure to get them just right, which is practically impossible.