Sunday Mailbag

July 16th, 2006 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Can you do a caricature of (me, my mom, my friends, etc.) for their (birthday, wedding, anniversary, etc.) and how much would you charge?

A: I really hate my answer to this frequent question, but realistically I have no other answer to give. No, I am very sorry to all who inquire,??ᬨ‚Ćbut I had to stop doing personal commissions a long time ago. Due to a plain old lack of physical time I have to often turn down very high paying freelance publication or advertising jobs. If I accepted personal commissions, I would have to turn down even more of the freelance work. For a while I tried charging the kind of prices I would get for a publication illustration in order to justify the studio time taken for commissions, but I just couldn’t bring myself to charge that kind of money for personal work. That’s the bad news. The good news is if you happen to catch me drawing in one of my theme park operations (this doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen) you can get one done in color for between $13.00 and $16.00. Just to warn you, though, if I don’t like the way it turns out I sign it “Steckley”.

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