Need a cartoon but not sure where to start?

If you've never hired an Illustrator before, you may have some questions as to how the process works. As a bespoke service, every project is obviously different but broadly follows the same structure.
I won’t be surprised if you already have a good idea of what you want, nor will I be phased should you come to me with a blank canvas. Don't be afraid to sound silly with your requests either; I'm a cartoonist so you'll be in good company! Anything is possible in the world of cartoons!

I aim to make it all very straightforward, make you look good for hiring me AND add marketability to your project!!

From the moment you get in touch, I will aim to make sure all your requirements are met to the highest standard.

To achieve this, it will be to your benefit to talk openly about what you are thinking - and why. This exchange of ideas can be as simple as a conversation on the phone, by e-mail or in person, but the more information you can give me, the better the result you’re likely to get. It might help to take a look at my Request a Quote page where you will find a series of questions for you to think about.
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1. Once we've worked out how I can help you, I'll send over an estimate and we can confirm timescales and deadlines. If a contract is necessary, you'll receive this at this point too. I aim to be as open and upfront about everything from the get-go. A mutually agreed contract is put into place to benefit us both. Plan for the worst; hope for the best and all that.
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2. When you're happy with all the details, I'll then require a cleared 50% deposit to cover my time spent working on your concepts and to also secure your dates against any enquiries made in the meantime. This can be transferred by Bacs or PayPal.
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3. After a little market research, the magic begins. The music goes on (probably something cheesy!), copious cups of good ol' British tea are consumed and i'll scribble until something begins to emerge. It's unlikely any of the roughest sketches will be presented to you, but i'll refine my strongest concepts for us to discuss. I upload previews of artwork to a private web page which I will send you links to review as we go along.
Case Study: I was hired me to develop a new range of characters and illustrations for children's activity packs and branding. A good starting point is always to do a little market research as to what already works, and what doesn't. In this case, the client also referred to 'Dora the Explorer' as something they liked but their target audience was a little older. This is the whole point of the concept stage; having fun and exploring ideas.
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4. Once you've chosen your favourite comp, I'll refine and polish that one some more by digitally re-creating it on the computer and send previews at each stage. This might need a few rounds as we experiment with colour and fine detail work, but we should be pretty much there at this point.
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5. Shading and polish. This final stage is my favourite as it really lifts the final design and makes your cartoon 'pop'. If your cartoon requires vector artwork, i'll also be checking each individual line at 6400% zoom to make sure it is 100% perfect if printed at any physical size!
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Case Study: Once the client received the initial concepts, they actually decided to mix-and-match by choosing two different kinds of alien, rather than a set. After digitally creating the vector characters, we then explored colour concepts before the final polish was applied and more poses were created, as well as a logo, background and sticker set.
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6. Final payment & sending of the files. I'll send you a final invoice and as soon as the remaining payment has cleared, I'll send you a link to instantly download your final, high-resolution/vector digital files. As an added bonus, I give lifetime support with my files so I'll always be on hand should you need any more help, long after you receive your cartoon illustration.
Ready to work together? Simply give me a call, send me an email or request a quote today. I can even accommodate most large and small print jobs too, just ask.
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+44 (0) 7734706948


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I want to say that I'm impressed with your breadth of knowledge and level of professionalism.
Darrin Bentley,
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I saw your work on the site you suggested and thought the little characters were very sweet, it reminded me of Preston Blair’s work for Disney.
Ron Roker. Songwriter and Producer.
The illustrations are beautiful. I am very happy with the result! Many thanks for your patience and for delivering within a short time such lovely illustrations, which by far exceed my expectations. I am a very happy client and would gladly recommend you.
Patrick Schmutz. Relaxation Studio, Zurich
Thank you so much – I have downloaded the files now – they look great. I look forward to catching up with you in the New Year and working together on future projects.
Ali Atkinson - Watermark Products, Sydney
Thanks so much for all your wonderful work and help Emma. Please do get in touch when you are taking commissions again as I would love to also get some cartoons of my boys done!
Caroline John - Director PUP soft play cafe.
Whenever there is a need to make someone smile, a cartoon can speak a thousand words. People will always react positively as they are very good at remembering pictures.
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Emma Knowles (The artist formally known as Anderton)
Freelance Cartoon Illustrator and artist • Bolton, UK
+44 (0)7734706948
(Please e-mail me for mailing address or to schedule a Skype or FaceTime call)