General / Art Usage / Commissions
Where did you go to school?
I received my BFA in illustration from the Savannah
College of Art and Design.
How do you work?
Most often, I will scan a sketch and paint digitally, using
Photoshop CS 4 and Painter IX. I use a lot of the hard round brush
in PS and marker brush in Painter for blocking in, and then various
texture brushes in PS with the round camelhair and blender in Painter
for final touches. I have a walkthrough posted, for those who are interested.
Can I see more of your work?
Certainly. Head over to my DeviantArt
gallery - that has a lot of the stuff I haven't posted here, or
that's too old and has been deleted.
Do you have a sketchbook online?
I have one at CGHub, and the scraps at DeviantArt have similar content.
Can I chat with you/have your phone number?
Sorry, but I give out my screenname quite rarely, and am
not typically signed on in any case - too much painting to do! Similarly,
it's a lot more efficient for clients and fans to email me than call,
as it leads to better recordkeeping for me and usually a faster response
time, as well. So, please email instead.
Can I repost your work on my website?
So long as you give me credit for it, it's a non-profit/non-commercial
site, and the image you're seeking to use is not copyright to one of the
companies I've worked for (check the credits beneath to see), and you do not wish to alter the image, I'm probably fine with it. Gallery-type sites are, in fact, encouraged to repost work with credit/a link. If you're not sure if your site falls into the non-commercial category, or is potentially competing with paid uses of my work, email me to check and see. For all images, please do not hotlink
to my site - instead, host the images yourself.
Can I make stationary/web graphics out of your work?
No stationary, PSP tubes, or similar graphical modifications, please. However,
if you want to use a detail of a piece as an LJ icon or somesuch, feel free.
Just give me credit in the keywords.
Can I use existing work as unpaid game graphics?
Sorry, but that's getting too close to my bread and butter. I will be delighted to do custom graphics for games willing to commission them, or discuss licensing fees, however.
Can I get your work tattooed on me?
Sure! Just send me pictures once it's done - I'm always
curious to see how it turns out.
Will you paint me something for free?
No. This does include working on spec
and/or royalties as well.
Will you do an art test for my company?
If it's paid, certainly. If not, then I will consider it if it is for a salary position.
Can I license your existing work?
As long as a piece belongs solely to me, (check the description
underneath the individual piece to see) I am certainly open to licensing.
Please send me an email denoting your desired usage, and I'll be happy
to discuss prices.
Can I pay you to do work for me?
Of course! I am always available, whether for private work
or for a business. In case of any questions about commissioning my
work, please email nicolec @ artofnicolecardiff.com.
Can you tell me your payscale?
Current price listing:
Photoshop, Web sized (1000
x 1000 px or smaller), minimal background - $75
Photoshop minimal background,
single character, 8.5 x 11, 300 dpi - $100
Interior/card work - $250-300
PS with background,
one character, 8.5 x 11, 300 dpi - $500
More than one character, or very high detail -
$600 and up
Please note that these prices assume a private client, and no rush deadline.
More complex/larger images, publication, or quick deadlines (four days or
less) may up the prices here.
How does the process of commissioning you work?
Generally speaking, I do up to three versions of a line
sketch until the content is approved, then send a color rough to make sure
my client and I are on the same page about color and lighting, then finish
up the piece. That way there's a lot of communication to make sure my clients
are getting what they want before going to final.
For clients who need more than three sketch revisions or
three revisions to the painting, extra fees will apply; however, it is
rare that this is necessary.
Please note that for new clients, I typically request
a deposit before sketching begins. For established clients,
this can wait until approval of the line sketch.
examples of all three stages from a wraparound cover project.
Depending on client response time and my current schedule, illustrations
typically take between 7-14 days to go to completion.
Will you do something not on the payscale?
Of course! Email me.
Who have you worked with in the past?
I've done concept work for FunCom, RedMist
Castle, and Isotx, among others,
and in-game illustration work for Playfirst.
I've also done cover illustrations for Dragonmoon
Press, Troll Lord Games, Intergalactic
Medicine Show, Leading
Edge Magazine, Dark City Games,
interiors for Wizards of the Coast, EdenCo/Hachette, White Wolf, Vajra
Pinnacle Entertainment, and CCG illustrations for Sony Online, White
Wolf, AEG, Fantasy
Flight Games, and Tenacious
I've also done textbook illustration for National Geographic/Harcourt
and promotional illustrations for GenCon UK and Fantasybookspot.com.
I've also been honored by ImagineFX
Magazine as a Rising Star, or featured artist under 25, in issue
7 and was recently published again there in March 2008. Art Scene
International also honored me in Issue 76.