Cuties- a figure in the style I use for my comic GQutie [$15 sketch/ $30 full digital]
Bust- a figure from the chest/shoulders up [$15 sketch/ $30 full digital]
Full figure- a figure from head to toe! [$20 sketch/ $40 full digital]
Simple illustration- an illustration involving a figure and other elements with stronger decisions about composition, color (for full digital pieces), and typography [$30 sketch/ $60 full digital]
Complex illustration- a illustration involving multiple figures and other elements with involved decisions about composition, color (for full digital pieces), and typography [$40-50 sketch/ $80-100 full digital]
Comic- a single page of panels telling a story with involved decisions about composition, color (for full digital pieces), and typography. [$50-$60 sketch/ $100-120 full digital]
I can draw a great deal of things, but my specialties are the human figure and poster-style illustrations (light on environment, heavy on type). I do pinups, but no explicit material right now, sorry. Payments are through Paypal only. I have the right to refuse any commission for any reason.
Contact me at ritchierr[at]sbcglobal[dot]net. If you have any questions, please ask!
Q: Why aren’t you offering line work commissions?
A: My process doesn’t work that way. I usually go straight from the sketch into developing the shapes, colors, and lines all together. There’s no middle step with just the line work.
Q: Does the line-heavy/largely grey style you use in GQutie count as full digital?
A: Yep! It looks simple, but the decisions I make in terms of what kinds of screen tones to use, where to put them, and where to use the spot color require the same amount of thinking as a full color piece.
Q: Are the sketches going to be as messy as in your examples?
A: No! The example sketches I used were sketches I made in which the final was going to be digital, so I focused more on getting the gesture down than being super neat. For pieces where the sketch is the final, I will do the gestural stuff in blue pencil and a slightly tighter sketch in graphite.
Q: Why the prices?
A: I base the prices of my work on a $20 an hour scale for skilled labor (for example, roughly how much a certified welder will earn) to an average of the amount of time I spend on each kind of piece. If you are still concerned, feel free to take a peek at the Design Guild’s Pricing and Ethical Guidelines book for a look at the industry standards.
Q: What’s the process for doing business with you?
A: Contact me with what you are thinking about, including any questions and extra ideas you might have. I will respond with a quote for the price of the piece and any concerns I might have, and we can negotiate until we come to agreement on what to do. For the cuties, busts, and full figures, I’ll ask for full payment and then give you the piece. For illustrations and comics, I will ask for half upfront, and half before I give you your final piece. I’ll give you the sketches to look over and approve before heading to the final. I may ask extra if you want a piece done quickly or if you want last-minute changes or more than three changes during the sketch phase.
Q: Can I have a print of my commission?
A: I’m not going to have access to a high quality printer this summer, so no, sorry!