How it works

Off-the-shelf (stock) illustrations

Search for an illustration

Use the IMAGE SEARCH tool (on the right hand margin of every page).

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Click for a licence to use a picture

Click on an image, then on 'Buy' in the top right, to see options and prices.

One option is to buy a print that will be delivered to you. Another option is to buy a licence for a specific use - this will allow you to download a digital file (jpg).

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Prices depend on how you'll use the illustration: as you can imagine, a picture for a one-off use by a student on a Powerpoint slide costs far less than one for a big company in a newspaper advert. If you have any trouble using the price calculator on this website, or if your situation isn't covered, do get in touch for a quote.

Click to buy a print

Click on 'Buy' in the top right, then select 'Buy a Print'. You will see prices for different sizes of prints, from postcard size to huge. The prints are shipped anywhere in the world.

Another way for you to get prints is to buy a licence to do your own printing.

Printing a pack of Christmas cards (folded cards with envelopes)

Get in touch and I'll organise for these to be printed and delivered to you by Vistaprint. Minimum 40 of any design.

Ballpark figure: 40 folded cards would start around £90 (UK pounds), counting my fee and Vistaprint's, depending on delivery time.

Copyright

When you buy a licence, it's to use a picture in a specific way. If you want to make additional uses or renew a licence after it's expired, please make the purchase on this site, or get in touch for a quote. When you buy a print, you do not have the right to copy and reproduce the picture.

Copyright also means you may not make changes to a picture - please check with me. 

If you'd like to pin an image on Pinterest, I'm giving you the right to do so as long as you ensure the link to this website and the watermark remain.

More on copyright law here. Nowadays it's easy to discover who is using one's images illegally.

Watermark (those concentric circles!)

The pictures you get, you'll be glad to know, will be top quality and will NOT have the copyright watermark that you see on this website.

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If you'd like changes made to a stock illustration

You might like a colour picture re-done as a black and white line drawing. Or a black and white cartoon to be coloured. Or text added. Or you might like details changed to reflect your own needs. Just ask for a quote. Some changes might look complicated to you but be simple for me and therefore inexpensive. 

Commission new illustrations

What's the procedure?

To commission an illustration / request an original assignment, contact me so that we can discuss what you need and I can give you a quote. Don't worry if you've not used an illustrator before and have not quite yet made up your mind - discussing it will help you decide. If you've only got a vague idea, I will help you with the message you're trying to put across, who your audience is and so on, and I will work out how best to illustrate that. If there is an illustration in my stock section which you'd like to use as a starting point, that's also fine. I normally send you the illustration by email.

How do I ensure the illustration turns out as I expected?

After we have agreed a brief and the terms of the licence, I will send you a rough drawing. You can then tell me any changes you would like, and I will then do the final illustration. That's the standard procedure, but if it looks like your job might require more 'roughs' stages, we will agree on that right at the start.

Here's an example of a illustrations used by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in a leaflet. Below that, you can see the roughs I first supplied. After approval of these roughs and some discussions on colours, I re-drew, painted, scanned and emailed them to the designer, who laid them out onto a coloured background and added the text.

 

I can imagine that commissioning an illustration feels a bit risky - will you like what you get? Well, first of all, do you like my style? Look at some of my pictures here and tell me what you like, and what you don't like.That gives you quite a lot of security.

I help you work out what you need right from the start and put a lot of care in discussing the rough with you. The rough is your chance to check how I'm interpreting the brief - and at that stage I'll ask you about your preferences about some of the details. The only surprise you'll get at the end is a pleasant one - your illustration looks even better than what you had pictured in your own mind. I want you to be absolutely delighted with it.

Fees

To save you wasting your time if all you need is a card for your grandma's birthday, let me say this work takes me time. Commissioning an illustration is a lot more expensive than a cup of coffee - more like mobile phone-kind of price.

I will quote you a fee based on the intended use of the illustration. Stock illustrations are cheaper than illustrations specially commissioned by you. Price depends on how widely this illustration will be distributed (number of copies), how long you want the right to use it (a single use? one year?), and what kind of publication want it for. So these are the kind of details I'll ask you for, or that you should tell me if you email me for a quote.

So for example a stock illustration for a small company's internal newsletter is much cheaper than one for a big billboard advert displayed all over the country!

Feel free to phone - it' s often easier to discuss exactly what you're looking for.

I normally ask non-UK customers to pay with a credit card using Paypal. I can set this up for you. It's easy, secure and there's no charge at your end. It's the cheapest option for both of us because conversion charges at my end are small.

Illustrations for a self-published book

You may have a plan to self-publish your own book, and you're wondering about getting it illustrated. Personally I love self-publishing and I'm glad it exists. But then, I can do my own illustrations...

At present I am not taking on requests from self-publishers to illustrate children's picture books. I may take on a book project if you only need a few inside pictures or a book cover illustration. I would charge similar to what a mainstream publisher would pay because that pays for my time. This often costs too much for an individual, first-time writer.

As I get quite a few queries on this subject of children's picture books, here are a few pointers.

For a typical children's picture book (12 double-page spreads, pictures all over the place, pictures covering the whole page), illustrations require several months of work. You would normally pay the illustrator a royalty (use the ballpark figure of 10% of recommended retail price for calculations, though it varies). The bad news for you is even before you've sold any books, you need to pay an 'advance' on those royalties. This advance provides the illustrator with income during the several months it takes to do the illustrations, so you should count several thousand pounds or dollars (I know that's vague, but it does vary).

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