Stages of illustration commissioning made easy

5 Stages of illustration commissioning

I’m frequently asked about my commission process. That’s why, I decided to explain how I handle the illustration commissioning from the moment of an inquiry to the final illustration.

1. Commission inquiry

Sending the illustration inquiry

Many of my clients decide to use the commission form I’ve created. It helps them describe their idea, as well as provide technical information about the image they need (e.g. resolution). Thanks to the form the illustration commissioning became easy! Moreover, I have all the information I need from the moment I receive the notification about the new commission inquiry.

I usually reply within 24 hours. However bugs in the system happen from time to time, so don’t hesitate to send me an email if you won’t receive my reply within a few days.

Filling the commission form is an easy way to order an illustration.
Commission pricing

After analysing your inquiry I will contact you with the estimated price of the image. The given price always includes the PayPal fee. From my experience, clients who used the form for illustration commissioning end up spending less time discussing the details of the order, than clients who simply e-mail me.

2. Payment

To make the payment you can use PayPal (a link or my email address or bank transfer.

The payments for orders over 100 EUR can be split into two instalments, where 50% is paid right away to secure your spot in my schedule and the remaining balance must be paid once I start painting. For the orders below 100 EUR, I require 100% of the commission price to be be paid up front.

Waiting time

I ALWAYS inform my clients how long they will need to wait BEFORE the payment is made. However it’s safe to assume that my schedule is filled for a month ahead. Once we agree on the deadline and the payment is processed I’ll add you to my schedule. For regular orders it usually takes about 2-3 weeks before I’ll be ready to start drawing for you. However, orders with a very short deadline (I like to call them “emergency commissions”) are put on the top of my schedule and I spun into painting right away.

3. Painting process

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Painting process updates, from a sketch, through rough painting to finished the illustration.
Sketching Stage

Once the waiting is over, I will send you a rough sketch for approval. All major changes and revisions of the image’s general idea and must be made during this stage of the painting process. I cannot stress this enough how important it is to make major corrections as early as possible. Once agreed upon, I will move on to proper painting.

Painting Stage

During the painting stage, I will send you e-mail updates for your approval. Usually there are two updates of noteworthy progress for simple portraits and four for illustrations. The more advanced the painting stage is, the smaller changes may be requested. I can easily make colour changes or add small points of interest like jewellery.

Once agreed upon, I will move on to polishing the image. Please keep in mind, that if you decide that at this point you want me to substantially remade a section of the illustration, I’ll need to charge you extra for the additional job.

Polishing Stage

At this point the commission is mostly completed. However, as an artist, I always make some polishing and add some special visual effects such as air particles, noise or additional light glow.

4. Revisions

The commission price quoted does NOT include an unlimited number of revisions. Only two rounds of adjustments are included in the price:

• sketch stage – I accept even major changes

• painting stage – I accept only small changes after the first update of progress

When the illustration is complex, I accept small adjustments once after the painting stage is over. This way I’m able to provide the best pricing possible and ensure that commissioned illustrations are delivered within a timely manner.

5. Delivery

The final illustration is a digital file with the properties specified in the commission form or e-mail. I’ll deliver it to your e-mail as an attachment to a direct download or as a link to access a file on the server.

Total time frame


I always keep my Clients updated not only on the painting progress, but also on any circumstances that may cause delays.

The commercial commissions with the shortest deadline have the top priority in my schedule. I understand that you may have other obligations to the publishers and print shops. This way I can ensure that commercial commissions, which are paid extra, will always be finished before the given deadline.


Later, I’m completing private commissions as they are listed in my schedule, so in order of completed payments. From my experience, since the moment I start painting, it usually takes about 1-2 weeks to finish a simple portrait to up to 2 months for complex illustrations with many characters. Please keep in mind that the completion time depends primarily on the speed of our communication and the changes you want to make to the illustration.

To summarize, the total time frame can be calculated by adding my waiting time (the time it takes for my schedule to reach you) and the estimated time needed to finish the artwork.

Stunning Portrait of The Redhead Thief

I absolutely love painting portraits and illustrations for book and novel writers. So when Blanca Mármol contacted me about remaking the cover for her book, and painting a lovely redhead thief, I just couldn’t refuse!

It all started in 2020, when Blanca commissioned me to paint Arlie’s portrait. Few months later, while painting the cover for the book, I had to make sure that her face looked recognizable on the cover as well. Especially that she was shown in a totally different situation and outfit!

Pssst. On the cover Arlie is about to steal the necklace she wears on the portrait below! What a nice teaser!

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Arlie. Main character portrait.

After a few weeks of painting, consultations and making adjustments the process of creating a book cover illustration was over. Blanca and I were happy with Arlie’s look and facial expression!

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Painting process updates.

I can’t count how many colour versions I’ve created. It’s so fun to play with colours and check which one reflects the mood described in the brief by the book’s author. In my opinion the fiery colours of evening sun perfectly highlighted Arlie’s red hair! At the end I’ve decided to add some blue tones to the background to make Arlie’s silhouette really stand out.

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Book cover illustration close-up. The redhead thief.

The cover illustration featuring the lovely redhead thief was ready. Next I needed to choose fonts and design the full cover (front, spine and back), and make sure that the book is ready for release, both digital (e-book) and in paper.

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Finally the cover for “Tú eras la Elegida” by Blanca Mármol was ready!

So If you speak Spanish then go and get the book on Amazon.

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Are you a writer?

If you’re a writer and would like to commission me to design a book cover, then visit the page for writers. There, you’ll find all the information you need about my process, commercial license and estimated prices for various services.

Feel free to contact me or fill my commission form.

Acts of Confession, Creating a Book Cover Illustration

Painting monochrome illustrations is one of my favourite things to do. It reminds me of the times when I started learning drawing, and my primary tools were pencil and eraser. That’s why, when NT Anderson contacted me to commission a book cover illustrations for her book series, I was all in! “Acts of Confession” is a second book in the steamy romance series (author’s words, not mine!)

The cover illustration pictures a table set for romantic dinner for two and a rich, beautiful bouquet of red roses.

Step by step process of creating Acts of Confession illustration cover
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Final book cover illustration for “Acts of Confession” (Book 2)

The first book in the series is called the “Acts on Closure”. The concept for it’s cover illustration changed several times, before we were able to pinpoint the essence of what Nikki really wanted to see her cover. Finally we settled for the illustration below: an ajar red door, which leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

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Book cover illustration close-up “Acts on Closure” (Book 1)

If you’re a fan of romantic novels, then you should totally get the “Acts of Confession” on Amazon!

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Are you a Writer?

Don’t let your amazing book have a stock photo on the cover! Help your book shine on a book store shelves, by giving it a unique custom cover painted especially for your story!

Ordering a unique hand-painted cover illustration can be really easy!

Just fill my commission form and I’ll contact you back.

Acts Of Closure, Creative Process Of The Book Cover

When NT Anderson contacted me to commission a series of monochrome illustrations for her books l couldn’t wait to start painting! The cover illustration for the first book is called “Acts of Closure”.

The concept for this cover changed quite dramatically several times during the process. I believe it must be hard for a writer to decide what the cover should be picturing. That’s why, apart of creating a cover illustration for a book, I’m ready to offer suggestions and ideas on how to transfer loose ideas to the specific features of a book cover or how to improve the impact of the cover image.

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The book cover illustration idea evolution.

Finally we settled for the illustration below: an ajar red door, which leaves a lot of questions unanswered. In my opinion it’s a perfect teaser for a book about romance!

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“Acts of Closure” book cover illustration

Edit: The second book in the series is available! It’s called “Acts of Confession”. You can get both books on Amazon.

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Book cover illustration close-up
“Acts of Confession” (Book 2)

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Are you a Writer?

Don’t let your amazing book have a stock photo on the cover! Help your book shine on a book store shelves, by giving it a unique custom cover painted especially for your story!

Ordering a unique hand-painted cover illustration can be really easy!

Just fill my commission form and I’ll contact you back.

Cute Seraphine wallpaper, League of Legends, download for free

League of Legends is a game I used to play A LOT. Right now I rarely have time to really dig into the game, yet mastering a champion. However, I follow their news and they recently released a new champion Seraphine, the Starry-Eyed Songstress and I had to check her out! She is so cute and fun to play with! If you haven’t picked her yet, you should totally give her a try!

What’s more, Seraphine has pink hair! Like me!

Love the champion you play?

Order an illustration which will make your secret wild dreams come true!

Check out my portfolio or wallpaper tag for more inspirations.

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Seraphine wallpaper (desktop)

So, of course, I’ve decided to paint a Seraphine wallpaper! I’ve decided that she will look awesome while she is chilling out in her room surrounded by pictures from her journeys and concerts!

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Seraphine wallpaper, desktop 1920×1080

Seraphine wallpaper (mobile)

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Seraphine wallpaper, mobile 640×960

Edit 2022: It’s great to see that so many people stopped by to download this Seraphine wallpaper, so I decided to give her a remake! Thank you and have fun playing!

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Draw this again: Seraphine wallpaper old (2020) and remake (2022) comparison.