Do you actually work with Toons?
Does my wife count? I do have a lot of colorful characters in my life (including all of my kids and grandchildren), and my studio is decorated with my cartoons and artwork, but I imagine if I had to live with Toons all day I would go batty. So ... NO, I won't let them in, even when they promise me cookies.
How much does your artwork cost?
Cost varies depending on the size of the artwork, the number of panes involved, and the complexity of the panes. A client will always receive a firm estimate after our brief, before work is started, and before any payment is made. Please review the Definitions section for more explanation.
How do I pay you?
Preferably, clients make payments through PayPal which offers instant risk-free payment and shopping. CQ will accept checks by mail but this will slow down the process because sketch work cannot begin until your checks have cleared and the funds are in CQ's account.
How do you create the concepts?
We start with an email or telephone "brief" to determine who you are and the message you want to convey. No payment is needed for the brief to take place. Once we have a basic understanding of your needs and receive startup payment, we begin the process of submitting cartoon sketches and outlines. Please review the Definitions section for more explanation.
How are sketches exchanged?
By email only. No snail mail and no exceptions. Please review the Definitions section for more explanation.
Who pays for the phone calls?
CQ has an unlimited telephone plan within the continental United States. If you request it, we can always call you back from our telephones. If a client is outside the continental United States, this would not be included in our calling plan and we recommend using email.
How many revisions will you do?
There is usually no limit to the number of sketch revisions we will submit. Please review the Definitions section for more explanation.
Do you offer money back guarantees?
No, we can't 'unring' a bell. In other words, there is no way for us to completely retrieve a creative process. If, however, any client is unable to continue beyond the concept stage, then only the deposit paid for the sketch work is kept by CQ. There is no further obligation. Please review the Definitions section for more explanation.
How long does artwork take?
There is no good answer. CQ's prior commitments, a new client's cartoon complexity, and the number of concept revisions requested by the client are all a part of the schedule. Our best advice is to allow reasonable time for completion and expect at least one day of turn-around time for each revision requested.
Do I have to leave the artist's signature on the cartoons I purchase from you?
No. Once paid for, you own the cartoon images and you're the boss. We will leave the signatures off if you ask, or you can remove them later. Either way, it's okay with us. Enjoy your cartoon in your own way.
When is the cartoon considered finished?
A project is considered finished when it is published by the client, when the client says it is finished, or when there have been no revision requests from the client for 14 days following the delivery of an image.
What is your warranty?
CQ guarantees in writing that all work is 100% original and that a client's images will never be reused elsewhere. CQ will also provide free color alterations for up to 30 days in order to help clients fix unanticipated color clashes with other images and backgrounds. CQ also keeps client image files stored on disks and, as long as our own files exist, we will resubmit a duplicate to the client for no charge in order to replace a lost or corrupted file. We accept no other obligations.
Who owns the finished cartoon?
You do! The client always receives full copyrights to the cartoon, caricature, cartoon advertisement or cartoon logo, along with a certificate of ownership. CQ also mails the complete project to the client in compact disk.
What software and formats do you use?
Every available software has pros and cons. Depending on the job I'm doing, I use Autodesk, Corel, Arcsoft, Paint, or Logo Design Pro. I can provide images in BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PNG, PSD, PSF, WDP, TGA, and TIF, as well as scalable vector drawings.
What image backgrounds are available?
We provide either a transparent background (using the necessary file format to achieve it) or a single color background for no charge. Creating a detailed background requires an extra pane, therefore requiring additional artwork, time and cost. Please review the Definitions section for more explanation
A unique drawing, often with a humorous purpose.
A unique drawing resembling a person or celebrity.
A cartoon used as a business or personal identifier.
A logo having a caricature included within it.
An advertisement comprised of one or more cartoons.
The same as cartoon advertising.
A cartoon ad containing a unique human likeness.
The same as caricature advertising.
A brief is the initial exchange of ideas to determine what a client wants and how CQ is going to present it. A brief can be done in email or on the telephone. It involves the cartoon goals of course, but other topics include (but are not limited to) correspondence info such as phone numbers and email addresses, what size to make the images, file format for storing images, how many panes are involved, whether it will be in black and white or color, image background requirements, any captions and font that are required, tentative time schedule, and (of course) the all important price quote and payment information.
To make artwork manageable, it is all created and priced as 'panes'. A pane is a unique single image which might be used by itself or ultimately merged with other panes into a larger or more complex image. Panes are typically one of these four types:
1. A single caricature or cartoon head drawn to look like you, your friends, family members or pets, and with no other elements included.
2. A complete body with props to supplement a caricature head, or a complete body with props having it's own non-caricature head.
3. A larger image such as a motor vehicle, boat, or building.
4. Any detailed background created for other object panes. A solid color background is not a pane.
Price is currently $50.00 per pane when the pane is expected to take two hours or less to complete. If a pane is expected to take more than two hours, the price is calculated and quoted at $25.00 per hour. In any case, a firm quote will be made prior to beginning work. 50% of quoted price must be paid prior to beginning sketches. Balance of payment is due prior to issuing finished work. Client may cancel at any time within the project but there are no refunds and no exceptions.
Props are incidental inanimate items that you might want to include in the picture. Any item normally and easily carried in your hands could qualify as a prop. Examples would be sunglasses, baseballs and caps. Incidental props will be included as part of any pane for no additional cost.
Sketches are the first stage of a project when decisions are being made about what elements to include in an image, where those elements will be located in the image, and how each is sized and posed. Sketches are very rough and should not be expected to reflect all detail. Caricatures or cartoon heads, for example, might not look like the intended person in sketch form. There is usually no limit imposed on the number of sketch revisions we will make for you. All images are transmitted electronically. No snail mail and no exceptions.
An outline is created and submitted to you after sketches are finished, and it is basically a barren version of the finished project with neither color nor shading. Images, caricatures and cartoon faces will be in a finished black and white format. As with sketches, we usually do not impose a limit on the number of revisions we will make to an outline except that no changes of pose will be accepted after the sketch phase. This pose restriction does not apply to props or small details, only to the position and shape of primary elements in the image.
There is really no "ink" involved anymore because of computer image generation, but I still call the finished product an "ink". Once the outline is approved, we will send a full color finished image using either our choice of color or yours. Again, we do not usually limit the number of revisions we will make except that revisions in the ink stage are restricted to color, props, and other small details. No changes in position or shape of the primary elements will be accepted after the sketch phase.
A watermark is an image, text, or other ownership mark superimposed over CQ's work in order to protect the artist's ownership rights during approval stages. The watermark is removed when final approvals and payment are made.
The above general definitions and processes are provided to assist our communication in the various project stages, but no definition can be all-inclusive. For example, if a client requested a cartoon of himself or herself buried up to their neck in hundreds of baseballs, then that quantity of baseballs could no longer qualify as free props. As another example, it is unacceptable to make unnecessary and frivolous revision requests for reasons other than completing the project in good faith. In all cases, CQ reserves the exclusive right to define panes, pricing and limitations as deemed necessary and needed, and without regard to any other statements made on this website or made verbally by us.