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.