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    As a visual artist I feel that one's work should speak for itself, but often I myself like to read about a fellow artist's background, training, and possibly the way they conduct business. Likewise, its interesting to find out where a person was born and raised, if they have a family, how old they are and what their long term creative objectives are. Given this interest in the background of other creative people, I thought I should mention a bit about myself.

I was born long ago, in another century, on a cold December night in the industrial town of William's Lake, British  Columbia, Canada, but we soon moved to Vancouver and then Kamloops. My parents were both accountants so I grew up in a household of business minded people, and my bothers and sister and I all had offices of our own - on Saturday and Sundays anyhow- at my late Father's accounting practice in Kamloops, British Columbia. Both at home and in 'my' office, I drew constantly, no, not financial illustration as I do now, but Star Wars ships and robots, warriors and dragons, and mutants. I have always loved to both write and draw my own stories, and actually set out to be a writer instead of an illustrator in my early 20's but found plenty of success with my art, and pursued it as a career, allowing my writing to assume the secondary role as a much loved hobby. My wife, Brooke, and I have four children.

Artistic Background
While I had been selling art and illustrations for many years, I decided to add the graphic design skill set to my portfolio and was accepted into the Graphic Design and Illustration program at
Capilano College in Vancouver British Columbia, which I highly recommended to anyone wanting to make a living as an illustrator or designer. I graduated in 1998 and set out as a freelance illustrator immediately from college.

How I work
In recent years I have gradually switched over to digital illustration, at least for the color and grayscale work, while my inking remains hand rendered. I work in a large basement studio
with a computer station, library, light table, painting easel, and two drawing tables. While much of my work is now digital, I still do plenty of acrylics on board, ink and pencil drawings.

How do I get paid?
If a new, potential client calls me up or emails me and wants a quote, I usually ask what sort of price range they had in mind. Who keeps the original if there is a physical image, what size they want the final art to be used at (which affects how large I do the original illustration). I am not concerned with how wide the usage is, how big or how small the client is or whether I get my credits in the publication or not. I am concerned with the detail and complexity of the job, the possibility of changes after the sketches have been approved, and if I am going to get paid within thirty days after acceptance or not. All new clients are required to pay 50% up front on a job before I commence work, but this amount can be paid after the client has approved sketches if desired, but I don't begin final work until the deposit arrives. The remainder of the funds are preferably paid on acceptance of the work via check or paypal ( account wm@mcauslandstudios.com ).

My Production Timeline
I usually have between 3 and 6 jobs on the go at any one time, many of them are in the sketch phase, some waiting for approval from a designer's own client, while other assignments are lined up to be drawn or painted. Usually it takes three weeks to receive an assignment, do the sketches, get the deposit, do the painting, possibly get it photographed and then sent to the client for approval. If you have a rush job, and I am going to have to sneak it into the line, it usually means I have to give up my weekend and evenings to get the job done, and I will do it as long as the deposit is paid and a slight 10-20% increase in the normal fee is tacked on to the agreed upon price.

In Conclusion
I think that about covers it. I know that every client has his or her own company protocols and payment terms, and many larger advertising agencies pay up to 90 days after acceptance, and I don't mind that as long as the deposit is paid and the payment terms have been specified in advance. I don't work on spec and I don't produce anything on a paid on publication basis (having lost my shirt on this sort of project in earlier days).

I welcome any feed back you may be able to offer on my work here, and let me know if there are any other designers I should send an email too to inform them about my service. If you have a project in mind but don't see an example of the style or subject matter shown on this site, just drop me a line and I can send you a link to another site or fellow artist who might be able to help you out.

 I invite you to discuss a potential job or just say hello.

Best Regards,

   Will McAusland    

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