Ben Krefta for hire...
I often receive requests to work on a wide variety of commercial projects. I'm capable of adapting my drawing style to suit different needs and always produce top end quality results for my clients. Having worked as a Web Designer, Graphic Artist and Illustrator, I'm able to offer a wider range of creative design services.
Click the type of work you are interested in for more information:
How shall we do this?..
The best thing to do is e-mail me a detailed proposal or brief. If you have an idea of what you're looking to pay or a set budget, let me know. If possible I'd REALLY appreciate it if you could include the following:
What happens next?..
I will specify my availability and we will work out a price for the requested work.
Once I have agreed to take on your request and understand fully what you'd like, we shall typically sign a written agreement to confirm what we have discussed, after which work can begin. Some smaller private commissions will not require a contract.
I usually deliver work in stages. If I was working on a character design for example, I'll supply a sketch to show the client how I am interpreting the brief. Providing the sketch is approved, I'll then supply a final line art version. I'll then supply a finished coloured version. If need be, I'll deliver the final in a high resolution format via disc.
What you get for your money, Pricing and Costs...
Pricing can vary massively depending on the type of project, complexity and my availability. A piece of character art could take between 6 and 60 hours to complete depending on the level of finish, amount of initial sketches and detail. I usually produce detailed, crisp, smooth, digital artwork suitable for large-scale print which can take far longer than a sketchy, rough or simplified drawing. The considerations and small touches I add in order to turn a good piece of work into a great piece of work can be what takes the most time, but is always well worth it. A website design might take 5-25 hours just to produce a static visual and then making that visual 'web-worthy' by coding it in HTML could take a further 10-20 hours.
As well as the time factor, certain works may require licensing. This allows the work to be used in a commercial way under certain conditions. Many professional illustrators often charge more for the licensing than the time they invest in creating the artwork itself. I encourage any illustrator capable of producing a quality product to consider their licensing conditions and fee. For example, I will often charge for the right to use my work and stipulate the rights to my work cannot be sold on to other companies without my permission and that the artwork ownership rights revert back to me after a term. Rights are not a consideration when it comes to designing a website or a flyer for example, but it's something I consider if my art is used for something like merchandise.
Good communication between designer and client is seriously underrated. Especially in the internet era whereby even children from non-English speaking countries are pitching themselves as professional artists and designers. I have nothing against that at all, but I like people who deal with me to know they can expect concise and well articulated communication when corresponding. It is really important that I provide a client with all the details they need without confusing them and equally, I appreciate it in return so that both parties have a clear understanding. I'm a very conscientious person, so always willing to do that bit extra to make sure we're both happy with the final product.
I like having proposals and communication in writing in case I need to refer back, but let me know if you'd rather call me, meet me or arrange for me to work in-house.
The following costs give you an idea of what I might charge, although this can vary massively depending on the project, my amount of interests and work load. Prices are also subject to change:
Changes and Amendments...
Throughout the design process, alterations may be required. If I supply an initial sketch and the client requests amendments such as "make hair longer" or "make eyes smaller" this is considered part and parcel of the job. However if extensive changes or entirely re-worked designs are needed, which go beyond the original agreed upon scope of the project, additional fees will be charged.
I'm sure my clients appreciate all art and design tasks can take a great deal of time and effort. Therefore it's important to make sure I will be compensated in the event a project takes longer than initially expected due to changes or new requirements made after the work has began. Hopefully you would have checked out some of my previous illustrations and designs and will have an idea of how I tackle a brief. Also I like to get a good understanding of what's required before even picking up a pencil to help prevent any problems after work has commenced.