Welcome to my studio!
desk photo.jpg
Collaboration in Mind? Let's get started!

Overview

Initial Concept Development


​A variety of initial ideas and options are presented for the client's selection. The selected concept is then developed further in the next step. Used for the client to verify: 1. Theme - core message of the illustration 2. Subject matter 3. Style




Draft


Based on the selected concept, the illustrator provides a draft that ​can consist of lineart, simple colour tests, storyboards, prototypes etc. Used for the client to verify: 1. Objects/Characters/Actions/Location shown 2. Placement of elements 3. Layout on end product




Artwork Deliverables


All illustrations are provided to the client as high-resolution files meeting industry standards for reproduction. Traditional hand-drawn illustrations are scanned and enhanced digitally to optimize the image for web and/or print. If additional production layout for the manufacturer is required, I can also provide graphic design services to ensure illustrations are formated accordingly for the end product.




Typical Work Flow


Here is a typical work flow that provides 2 standard rounds of revisions. However, depending on the scope of the project, further rounds may be needed and I always work closely with the client to accomodate their needs and determine the best solution.





Creation Process

Initial Concept Development


​A variety of initial ideas and options are presented for the client's selection. The selected concept is then developed further in the next step. Used for the client to verify: 1. Theme - core message of the illustration 2. Subject matter 3. Style




Draft


Based on the selected concept, the illustrator provides a draft that ​can consist of lineart, simple colour tests, storyboards, prototypes etc. Used for the client to verify: 1. Objects/Characters/Actions/Location shown 2. Placement of elements 3. Layout on end product




Artwork Deliverables


All illustrations are provided to the client as high-resolution files meeting industry standards for reproduction. Traditional hand-drawn illustrations are scanned and enhanced digitally to optimize the image for web and/or print. If additional production layout for the manufacturer is required, I can also provide graphic design services to ensure illustrations are formated accordingly for the end product.




Typical Work Flow


Here is a typical work flow that provides 2 standard rounds of revisions. However, depending on the scope of the project, further rounds may be needed and I always work closely with the client to accomodate their needs and determine the best solution.





More Information

Do you work traditionally or digitally?


Both! Majority of my illustrations are created traditionally by hand (pen and watercolour on paper). The original paintings are then scanned as a high-resolution raster image and further enhanced digitally to be optimized for web or print reproduction. I usually draw larger than the finished size to ensure a crisp image output and to account for bleed. From time to time, I also work digitally when the art style and increased control of digital illustration is more suitable to a project. This is particularly the case for large scale reproductions to maintain a high-resolution reproduction.




How can I learn more about working with illustrators and the illustration industry?


I publish blog articles reflecting on the industry, my current practice and sharing resources. Commissioning and Licensing: The AOI (Association of Illustrators) is a trade association representing illustrators, campaigns for their rights as well as providing advisory services to its members all around the world. They have published resources for commissioning and understanding licensing. General Pricing: The Handbook of Pricing & Ethical Guidelines published by Graphic Artist's Guild offers insights on standard fees and terms. Fees are a reflection of the artist's time and the nature of usage. Children's Books: SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators) is an international professional organization for children's publishing. They have published a resource for hiring an illustrator for your self-published book. From the Illustrator's Perspective: Society of Visual Storytelling produces podcasts from the artist's perspective on professional practice.




Where are you based?


I am a Canadian illustrator currently based in Toronto but spent previous years abroad in Hong Kong. I am actively working on projects around the world and welcome international collaboration!





Recent Blog Posts for a behind the scenes look:
back to portfolio copy.jpg