Frequently Asked Questions
Chances are good that you’re not the first person to ask me something about myself and my work! Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Contact me here.
What tools do you use?
You can find extensive lists of all of my favorite books, notebooks, paper, pens, and other art supplies in my Amazon Store. The tools don’t make the artist, but sometimes it’s nice to know what the pros are using and loving, am I right?
- Teachable – This is the platform where I host my courses for SketchnoteAcademy.com. Check it out if you’re interested in teaching an online course.
- ConvertKit – A powerful email system that meets all of my needs- much more than MailChimp could ever do!
- Siteground – The best web hosting I’ve ever used! Great customer service.
- Stickermule – <– Get a $10 credit with this link!
- Beaver Builder – A drag and drop website design system on WordPress.
Note: Some links are affiliate or referral links. Everyone wins! You get great tools and recommendations, I get a small bonus for referring you to buy. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and Influencers Program, which are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
I'm nervous or unsure about hiring a designer/illustrator.
What are your goals? If you don’t have a reason for the project to exist, does it even matter if it happens?
Who is your audience? What kind of people do you hope will see, use, or interact with your project?
Are you working under a deadline or have a timeline in mind? Planning ahead will only serve you. Tight-turnaround projects will incur additional rush fees.
Where/how will the project be used? Is it in a book? Will it be on a website? ill you be printing it multiple times?
Are there specs/sizes? Think about the end result. What size is it? Will it be greyscale or color?
Define the roles: Who does what
Set expectations: What needs to happen and when
Explain the process: Every project is different! This is customized for you.
Set deadlines: Timelines for drafts and final product delivery
Explain terms: Rights and agreements explained
What is the process once I hire you?
Every project is different and you’ll get a detailed project process breakdown and timeline in the contract you sign. Here’s a general idea of what happens:
- Discovery call/meeting
- Contract sent and signed
- 50% project deposit payment
- Project Start
- Draft 1: Layout
- Draft 2: Style
- Draft 3: Details
- Draft 4: Final
- Additional assets
- File Prep
- Final 50% invoice payment
- File hand-off
I have questions about licenses, rights, ownership, etc.
The legal side of art can be really confusing, especially if you’ve never hired an artist before. I’ve typed up a helpful guide on all things licensing, full-rights buyouts, copyrights, and derivative works on this page.
I want to know more about you, Emily.
I’ve shared a lot about myself and my work on podcasts, videos, and other interviews. You can check those out here.
I have pursued drawing and art since childhood. I took every art class I could and participated in art shows. I read The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. I drew a lot as a kid. I’d write and illustrate my own stories, I drew on napkins at restaurants, I had 3 original cartoon strips that I made for myself and also drew cartoons for the school papers in both high school and college.
I took art classes in and outside of school. When it was time to pick a major in college, the recession was in full-swing. I felt torn between wanting to pursue ilustration because it was what I enjoyed, but I also wanted to be able to earn a living– I wasn’t sure I could do both. A friend of mine suggested the graphic design program to me, and after learning about it I dove in head-first! I earned my bachelor’s degree in Graphic design, which blends together my passions of drawing, business, and marketing. As an adult, I still enjoy taking classes and workshops, and reading instructional books.
If you want to know my work history you can find me on LinkedIn. I focus primarily on illustration projects these days, but graphic design is still around! I wrote a book called The Art of Visual Notetaking (published by Quarto), and I teach people how to take sketchnotes and communicate visually over at SketchnoteAcademy.com.
How did you get started illustrating?
You can read all the legal stuff here.