I have a great idea for a book. Will you illustrate it? 

Congratulations on the great idea! And - what is your budget? 

I ask because producing work to tempt a publisher takes time and expertise, all of which has to be paid for. So as general rule of thumb the only speculative work I do is my own book project work. But there are lots of resources out there that can help - first and foremost is the Writers and Artists’ Yearbook, which I’d highly recommend.

Are you available for commissions?

I’m very happy to discuss professional commissions, from publishers, designers, companies, institutions and the like. I usually don’t do one-off personal commissions. Please note that my lead time for large jobs is currently 12 to 18 months.

How much do you charge for your illustrations? 

It’s hard to give a precise answer to without knowing the details of what you have in mind. Books can take between 3 and 6 months of my time, full-time. Smaller illustration jobs can take several days or even weeks to complete. This guide to daily rates for artists by A-N (The Artists Information Company) may be a helpful starting point for you to bear in mind when thinking about what you would be prepared to pay.

Where can I buy your books/illustrations?

At the moment I licence my work to commissioners rather than selling direct to the public, but I hope to have a sales outlet open soon.

I can’t pay you, but it’ll be great for exposure.

I look forward to the day when I can pay my bills with exposure.

Will you take a look at my manuscript/ illustrations?

I’d love to, and I do what I can when I am teaching classes, but I am afraid I don’t have time to review other people’s work and get my own work done as well. There are good manuscript reviewing services out there, so I would recommend that you consult with them for a professional opinion. Again, the Writers and Artists’ Yearbook is the place to start. 

Do you do workshops?

I run occasional workshops at a number of venues. Please see my twitter feed @1badlamb for updates. 

I’m doing a project about art/illustrators for my studies/dissertation. Will you answer my questions?

Probably - but please remember to drop me a line to say thanks afterwards. It’s a small thing, I know, but it feels important in this crazy world. 

Goodness, this is all very negative.

I know! Even I am shocked, having thought of myself for so long as someone who scorned business in favour of Great Art. Just so you know, I’m not all about margins and profits and stocks and shares. I have at least three witnesses who will testify to my kind heart and at times inordinate fondness for drypoint etching, clouds, and grammar books.

I’ve got another question to ask that isn’t covered here.

Fire away! You can contact me at helloATcaroladlam.co.uk, or by using this contact form. Good luck with your own projects, and a heartfelt thank you for your interest in my work.