Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are you rates for animation/illustration?

In order for me to give you a quote, I first need to know more about your project because the rate depends on the scope and complexity of the work (for example, a 10-second animation is way different from a 3-minute one!).

Some things you can tell me are:

  • a description of the project
  • a bit about you/the company, and what you’re looking to achieve with this project
  • your budget and deadline
  • your story/concept
  • how many minutes of animation you need/how many illustrations you need
  • how many characters will be animated/drawn
  • the scope of the work (for example, will I also be designing the characters and backgrounds, doing the storyboards, and sourcing music? or will you be providing those things and the only thing I need to do is the animation/illustration?)
  • the art/animation style you want for your project (kindly send pegs)
  • and any other info you’d like for me to know

 

How does the process work?

After we agree on a scope of work, sign a contract, and settle a nonrefundable downpayment, here is what to expect:

For animation projects:

  • If I were to be in charge of the entire project, I’d first send you some written ideas of the concept/story for you to choose from.
  • After you choose a concept/story, I’ll send you a storyboard of it.
  • Once that’s approved, I create a rough animatic of the storyboard. This is where we can get a visual idea of how the animation will play out with the audio (please note that I can only help source Creative Commons music and sound effects, and I do not compose/record these).
  • Once the animatic is approved, I design the characters, backgrounds, and style frames, and do the first pass of the animation (which is usually a line animation that is more tied down than the animatic).
  • After the line animation is approved, I proceed with coloring the animation, and add in any necessary sound effects.
  • Lastly, all you need to do is settle the remaining balance before I send you a high-res video file of your animation!

For illustration projects:

  • I begin with making some preliminary sketches for you to choose from.
  • After you choose a sketch, I create a cleaner version of the line art.
  • Once the line art is approved, I proceed with coloring the illustration.
  • Lastly, all you need to do is settle the remaining balance before I send you a high-res image file of your illustration!

As you can probably tell by now, whatever your project is, please expect a lot of communication as I always make sure to get your approval before moving forward with each stage of the process.

I also have a ton of videos on my YouTube channel where I explain my process behind my animation/illustration. Feel free to watch the following so you can get a better idea of how I work:

 

How long will it take?

Again, this depends on the scope of work. GENERALLY SPEAKING, an illustration could take three days up to a week, while one minute of animation could take one month. But again, these are GENERAL estimates because it really depends on a lot of factors such as how complex the project is and my availability.

As stated previously, I make sure to get your approval at each stage of the creation process. In order to minimize delays, kindly provide your feedback and approval as soon as possible.

 

What software/s do you use?

I use the latest Adobe CC software: Photoshop, Flash/Animate, After Effects, Premiere, and Illustrator.

 

Will you do my project for free/ for exposure?

Sorry no. My work is my livelihood and how I help support my family and pay the bills (as I’m sure you understand 😉).

 

Can you also provide music and sound effects, and record voice talents?

I can source for Creative Commons music and sound effects for your project, but I do not compose nor record original music/sound effects, nor do I cast and record voice talents. Please provide them if they are part of your project.

 

Can we use this copyrighted music/ image/ character in my project?

Working with copyrighted material is a tricky business! So I can only do this if this project is for personal, non-commercial purposes— meaning you will not make money off it (such as an illustration for a birthday gift, an animation for a family reunion, etc). Otherwise I’ll have to ask for proof that you’ve obtained permission from the copyright owner/s that we can use their material in your project.