OnDrawnWings

 

Hi Peeky,

 

Thanks for getting back to me.

 

(I have been on holiday a bit)

 

I will get my thoughts together by late tonight or tomorrow, and get back to you.

 

Kind regards,

~Ryan

 

OnDrawnWings

 

Hello Peeky,

 

'Hope you had a good extended weekend. Thanks for your interest in my work. I am a career illustrator, and derive my sole income from illustrating mostly books. I would be happy working with you on some of these. My current schedule is rolling along with 3 clients, but I will be closing out two contracts soon, and could start as soon as early June, if you are interested.

 

Note: I had to split my response in two parts, as there appears to be a character limit per message.

 

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The caveats you've listed [my responses are in brackets] :

 

"I will own unconditionally all drafts and final scenes outright, free and clear, once you are paid."

 

[I actually almost always sell rights this way, because my work takes a lot of time, and my payrate might be higher than some (especially compared to a Ukrainian artist, I'd imagine). Even without your Kickstarter, I'd be willing to work with you on prints and extended uses for you to recoup the cost, as I have with other independent authors. I work with independent authors and large company names alike.]

 

"Each final scene will need to be provided in the following formats, jpeg, tif, and pdf and with a preferred density of 300 dpi or with sufficient pixels (where applicable) to print a pristine image of 24 x 30 inches"

 

[not a problem]

 

"Be warned - I am picky and it often takes a couple of revisions before a scene is finalized. Furthermore, I require that you print each scene revision, number it, enter its creation date, and initial/sign it. In addition to your fee for creating the final scene, I will pay postage and $XXX total, whether there are two or ten, revisions. Again, you will be paid in full for creating the final scene, this is just an extra and it need not be printed on archival paper."

 

[Printing revisions is different than I'm used to, but I would be OK with most of this. I would prefer to collect them together and mail them right before my final fee per image is paid, because I try to minimize errands and interruptions when I'm deep into illustrating scenes. As for the revisions, I am OK with them as long as it doesn't mean starting over, however, my contract does usually discuss contingencies when revisions go over 3-6. It might be worth talking about. The concern (for all artists) is that when the time revisions take far outreaches the time expected (pay is all about time, afterall)]

 

"You will get credit for your art on my website WizardWasOdd.com or Oziian.com (Wizard Was Odd Squad) and if Kickstarter is successful, in the digital and printed books."

 

[Sounds good. I require credit for all work that I do, upon publication.]

 

"In that the second book deviates significantly from the first in that it has a dark side, I reserve the right to use more than one artist to create different characters and scenes. Dark art is a talent and not all artists are good at it."

 

[I can do dark art, and actually enjoy the darker themes. I have worked on horror and would like more dark assignments. Attached are some dark pieces, but I could go much darker than that.]

 

"In that some of the characters have been created, it will be necessary to emulate those characters in the scenes that you create. I will also consider revisions to some of the characters that have been created."

 

[Should't be a problem. I understand the continuity issues and can make sure they are recognizable. That being said, my work comes out in my style, and would be my take on it, unavoidably so.]

 

[I would like to forward my standard contract, for your perusal, if you want to see how I typically work.

 

My typical rate is $XXX to $XXX per double-spread, depending on the scope and many other stipulations. What I would like to do is write you an estimate for a couple of specific scenes that you want done first. Are we in the same ballpark with that rate?]

 

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OnDrawnWings

 

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As for the prints...I think that is a cool idea to boost your Kickstarter that way. By the way, I

ran a successful Kickstarter around 2012, if you reference "Birds of Lore." Birds of Lore is quite

possibly one of my favorite samples to this day because I really got to stretch my wings (no pun

intended). I read and reread your current artist's print quote, but I am uncertain about a few things (forgive me if this should be obvious).

 

He said:

 

"My proposal on prints with my signature on paper A3 + Matte Canvas (12.9 "x 19") using a border is

$XXX for 100-200 prints and $XXX for each print after the 200. Giclee or digital fine art printing

with Claria Photographic 6 color ink on A-3 Epson Matte Heavyweight Premium Presentation Paper (167

g/m2) or Lomond Matt paper, A-3, 230 g/m2 . The artist will oversee the production and printing,

sign, and number each print. "

 

Now, I think he is saying that he will furnish you with up to 200 prints for $XXX each, and then $XXX per print after 200. Is that correct?

 

I can follow that exactly, but my print connection (one that I trust and use often) is limited to 12 x 18, with the following specs: Digitally printed, archival 6-color on 12x18-inch, thick cover-weight paper, matte finish. The printable area is 11.75 x 17.75, so there will be a slight white border around the print. I sometimes work with the white to incorporate it into a border, etc. or fade it, or I can also trim it off.

 

I think the quality of these prints are nice and color reproduction is worthwhile. These are from a

local print shop. I often don't like the rough papers used in Giclee because the tooth of the paper

messes with my art, and they are needlessly costly in the US (I assume but wonder if he was getting them from the Ukraine?).

 

Anyways, I can match the price if I have things correct, but I would want shipping

to be covered when I ship them to you, is the only difference. *Also, I take great pride in signing and numbering my work, so I would want to do that in gold or silver ink, and possibly would stamp the back. I get fancy!

 

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Thanks for your interest!

Please let me know either way,

Kind regards,

Ryan Durney

 

 

Below is my standard bio repeated:

 

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I am an award-winning, full-time, freelance illustrator focusing on children's books, textbook illustration, and educational readers as well as prehistoric subjects, for a range of young audiences. I have had paid projects for almost two decades and also been paid to write and design for picture books, fantasy and educational books.

 

I use inks, paints and digital techniques to create a unique look. My favorite review described my work as "pearlescent." My images are always straddling the fence between something classic and something that feels altogether new. My most recent series, Birds of Lore mixes medieval and Victorian influences with modern illustrative thinking. http://www.amazon.com/Birds-Lore-Book-Silver-Paperback/dp/098409007X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385058411&sr=1-4&keywords=Birds+of+Lore+Book

 

I've  won several awards for my work, including many international competitions such as Best of Fantasy, and Society of Illustrators West #45, as well as a Mom's Choice Award in 2012 and 2011. All-in-all, though, I count being voted in by the kids for a Children's Choice Award as my all-time favorite recognition.

 

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Peeky

 

Greetings Ryan, See my answers next to your question. I missed this email until now; pardon the delay.

 

OnDrawnWings 

 

Hi Peeky,

Below is a message from OnDrawnWings for Project ID: 1359120, "Graphic Art-Fantasy Scenes 4 trilogy".

 

 

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As for the prints...I think that is a cool idea to boost your Kickstarter that way. By the way, I

ran a successful Kickstarter around 2012, if you reference "Birds of Lore." Birds of Lore is quite

possibly one of my favorite samples to this day because I really got to stretch my wings (no pun

intended). I read and reread your current artist's print quote, but I am uncertain about a few things (forgive me if this should be obvious).

 

He said:

 

"My proposal on prints with my signature on paper A3 + Matte Canvas (12.9 "x 19") using a border is

$XXX for 100-200 prints and $XXX for each print after the 200. Giclee or digital fine art printing

with Claria Photographic 6 color ink on A-3 Epson Matte Heavyweight Premium Presentation Paper (167

g/m2) or Lomond Matt paper, A-3, 230 g/m2 . The artist will oversee the production and printing,

sign, and number each print. "

 

Now, I think he is saying that he will furnish you with up to 200 prints for $XXX each, and then $XXX per print after 200. Is that correct?  Yes per print

 

I can follow that exactly, but my print connection (one that I trust and use often) is limited to 12 x 18, with the following specs: Digitally printed, archival 6-color on 12x18-inch, thick cover-weight paper, matte finish. The printable area is 11.75 x 17.75, so there will be a slight white border around the print. I sometimes work with the white to incorporate it into a border, etc. or fade it, or I can also trim it off. OK, I can live with the size difference.

 

I think the quality of these prints are nice and color reproduction is worthwhile. These are from a

local print shop. I often don't like the rough papers used in Giclee because the tooth of the paper

messes with my art, and they are needlessly costly in the US (I assume but wonder if he was getting them from the Ukraine?).   I am marketing these in Kickstarter as "archival quality paper and ink" "The art is expected to span generations"  So this part is really important. And of course I will pay for shipping.  But please look around and see what you can come up with to find a printer using archival material. It need not be canvas, but it needs to be archival. Also, there are a number of web printers and we should be able to do a lot or we will not be doing hardly any. So you will get a volume price if you have to go that way.

 

Anyways, I can match the price if I have things correct, but I would want shipping

to be covered when I ship them to you, is the only difference. *Also, I take great pride in signing and numbering my work, so I would want to do that in gold or silver ink, and possibly would stamp the back. I get fancy! Great!

 

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May, 30 Peeky

 

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