Did you really not start painting or drawing until you were 32 years old?
Where can I buy your work, products and books or sign up for classes?
You can find links to my current classes here. You can find links to a variety of products (and different ways to purchase them) here or go directly to my Etsy shop. If you are looking for something and can’t find it, feel free to send us an email of inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to get back to you!
Will you promote my Facebook Fan Page on your Facebook Fan Page? Will you promote my Instagram on your Instagram?
Not unless we are best friends. To keep my Facebook & Instagram content focused on my own work and inspirations, I do not directly promote other Facebook Fan Pages or Instagram accounts. The best way to grow your own social media platforms is to create interesting or inspiring content, post that content every day and engage with the people who like and comment.
Where can I review your portfolio & client list?
Are you hiring an intern or assistant?
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, my studio manager or 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 sometimes I don’t have the time to respond right away and so sometimes my studio manager will write you back in my place. I do read all of the emails I receive, and I am so grateful for all of the love and support!
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, order my book Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist! You can take my Skillshare class called Professional Practice in Illustration. You can also purchase my online class Become a Working Artist and watch it at your own pace. I also have a class called So You Want to Be an Illustrator, which launches in early March 2017.
Will you have coffee with me or talk to me on the phone 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. As a matter of policy, I don’t give personal career advice. That said, I do offer many resources for aspiring artists. See the question above for some of them!
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?
I do not advertise on my blog.
Will you donate art to my fundraiser/promote my Kickstarter?
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 my studio with your request and we’ll let you know if we are able to help.
Can I visit your studio?
I take studio visits from gallery owners, curators, and people interested in purchasing my original work (if I have any available). 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?
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 often I have to say no.
Do you take fine art commissions? Will you make a painting for me or someone I know?
I am not taking fine art commissions at this time due to my schedule.
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.
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.