F.A.Q- Questions Answered!
Have questions? Well, I have answers! Here is the section with the most commonly asked questions I get.
Have a question that you don’t see on here? Feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer your question(s)!
Why did you make a new site?
Well! My previous site was rather long, and people kept misspelling it. I figured this was shorter and easier to remember!
Are you open for projects?
Yes! I usually am! Please send me an email or check out my contact page for more info.
Do projects need to be local?
No, not at all! I do work with a lot of small businesses, but I have also done work for people all over the globe. It’s pretty neat to be able to work in such an industry.
What is the "Drawing of the Day/ Drawing a day" you mention in your blog?
I have made it a goal to try and do a drawing a day; to keep my creativity flowing and my mind sharp. I will often post my DoD on here, Tumblr or even Instagram. They are fun doodles and I enjoy doing them, and yet surprisingly- people seem to enjoy them as well!
What makes you different than other Graphic Designers?
There are a lot of talented designers and artists out there, that’s for sure! However, I think every designer has their own style- and their own way of working. Everybody is different- it’s just finding the right one who understands you- and your vision.
Past clients have told me I have a “fun and whimsical flair”- so I’d like to take that with pride and say that is my approach to things.
What tools do you use?
I use my MacBook Pro for all of my editing (Adobe Creative Suite- Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator and Premiere. Clip Studio for some illustration as well). I also use Final Cut Pro for film and clip editing.
In addition, I also have my Wacom Cintiq and my iPad Pro (with Apple Pencil). I primarily use Procreate with the iPad and then bring my drawings into Adobe to finish them up.
Why do you need contracts?
Contracts help protect and outline the terms and services between a designer and his/or her client. It’s best to get all terms ironed out up front- so there are no surprises!
Can I commission you for a plush?
Unfortunately, plush commissions and craft commissions are not currently open! Maybe once I get all my website stuff situated, I will have some time to focus on crafting again 🙂
What is the difference between a Source file and a Final file you mention? Why do you not, by standard, release these?
Source files are the files that I use to build the final file. These are the nitty gritty layered files that have all my elements on it, layer by layer. Fonts might also be included; and if those fonts are licensed to me, I legally cannot give you a file containing such a font (although, I’d be happy to point you where you can purchase!). I don’t mind releasing source files for a fee; however I’d like to polish out the intent of a project early on- so I know what to expect (and so there are no surprises with my clients! I’d just build that fee in and let them know how to use it if needed).
Designer’s don’t often release their source files for a number of reasons. For one, source files are often generated in special programs that not many people may have access to or knowledge of how to use. Two, Designers do not know what is being done with their work if they release the source files. For example- I might design an AD for a client about a new Organic snack line. The client then edits/ has someone edit that ad for something else which ends up creating a lot of controversies. Unfortunately, this is now tied to my name- the modified design and the problems associated with the client.
Designers often have an image they try to uphold, as so all businesses and even freelancers. I understand that in some situations- I might be hired knowing a client is looking for source files right off the bat (ie- a magazine layout, template, etc). I’d just want to lay the rules down up front- so all parties know what to expect.
What is your problem with Fanart? Why will you not draw and/or work with anything Fanart related?
Ah Fanart. I used to go on tangents about that back in college. Non-legally speaking- I don’t have an issue with it. People are free to draw and like what they like. However, when it comes to paid work, I find selling and/or commissioning someone of somebody else characters is morally and legally wrong- and I WILL reject these type of projects, sorry to say. That also includes creating/ modifying stickers and tags of knock-off products to make it seem legit (again, also illegal).
Technically, by law, profiting off characters you did not create is illegal here in the USA. Do people do it? Yes- all the time. Do they get caught? Some do and some don’t. It’s an area I want to stay away from.
How do you know all this Law stuff?
I am, BY NO MEANS, a legal expert; nor am I involved in any legal industry. I want to make that perfectly clear! I took various law classes back in college and I really enjoyed them. At my job, I am constantly in contact with testing companies and customers who hand us a rule book, government issued, which I then need to search for info to apply to our products.
With all that being said, it really has taught me a lot about research and how it affects the given industry. I can take what I know from this, and what I have learned to make my work compliant with industry standards.