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About SB Designs
Hi, my name is Sean Boley. I am a freelance artist who does just about anything -- from illustrations to logo designs and a little bit of everything in between.
So far, the majority of my clients are within the Washington DC metro area but I'm always willing to do business anywhere.
The unique thing about me is that all my work is done the old school, freehand way. No computers except for scanning and sending my work via email.
I always make it a point to be easy to negotiate with as far as my fees go and I'm all about doing the best that I can in catering to a client's needs.
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Questions and answers
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
I would just say that graphic services normally aren't cheap as a rule, but I myself always do what I can to be easy to negotiate with when it comes to money being spent for quality work.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
That even though I'm among much competition--especially in today's technology with computer graphics programs like PhotoShop and Illustrator--that my "old school" talents are still worth checking out at least.
- How did you get started?
I've been drawing literally since birth. I first got into the comic strip scene when I was 17 years old, and when that didn't go as well as I had planned, I began searching for other ways that I could apply my artistic skills.
And I'm a self-taught artist as well--never had any special classes or training other than some art classes when I was in school.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
Honestly, I'm proud of all the projects/jobs that I've done in the past year, so I really can't pinpoint any specific one that was most outstanding. But I will say that my favorite projects and jobs were the ones where I got the drawing or design completely perfect on the first try--which is a rare thing since I'm so used to changes needing to be made.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I mainly specialize in cartoons (both in comic strip and single panel form), illustration, logo design, tattoo design and caricatures.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
Once the work is completed, I take care of all the image scanning and sending via email. If the customer requests it, I send multiple images at various stages to show my progress. And if there are any changes that need to be made, I take care of that accordingly as well.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
It literally all depends on customer demand. I search Craigslist on a daily basis for any possible projects to get into, and then of course, there's also word of mouth. Around holiday time is when I seem to be the busiest.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
Right now it's been mainly logo design work, but every so often, someone will ask me to draw caricatures of their relatives or just some cartoon illustration of some kind.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
The top two questions are: "What are your rates?" and "Can you draw realistic people/objects?"
For the rates question, I say that I normally make anywhere from $75 to over $500 per project (depending on the work), and I usually have the potential customer to make me an offer, based on their current budget.
For the realistic people/objects question, I say that the best I can do is draw caricatures of people and for objects; they still have a cartoon-ish look about them no matter how realistic I try to make it look.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
Do you have any samples of your work?
Do you have any recent references?
Do you do your work by hand or by using a computer?
What are your rates?
What is your turnaround time?
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
All of my work is done at home in my room, on a small metal drafting table that is cluttered with lots of paper and pens. When I say I keep things simple, I mean it.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
To know what exactly you're looking for or at least have a general idea. Be prepared to make me an offer for a price, since I don't know what each individual's money budget is like.
- What brands or products do you work with?
My "trade secret" is that I use Sanford Expresso black medium-point pens for the drawing (they can only be purchased online) and Sharpie markers for the coloring. For paper, I normally use multi-use paper that I can easily get from any office supply store.