How to Commission Cartoons

You have found so you must already know that cartoons get the message across quickly and simply. Cartoons draw the eye and get to the core of the matter.
On this site you will find reliable professional cartoonists to deliver what you want, when you want it, and within a realistic budget.

So what happens next?

1. Choose a cartoonist

Browse the portfolios for the style of cartoon you are looking for. Or, if you are looking for a particular cartoonist, go to our A to Z section.

2. The brief

When you decide to commission a cartoonist, you will need to agree a brief from which the cartoonists can work. The cartoonist will not be surprised if you already have a strong idea about what you want. But it will be to your benefit to talk openly about what you are thinking, and why. Cartoonists are creative people and it is often at this earliest stage that their input is most useful.

This exchange of ideas can be as simple as a conversation, but it is usually best to write down the key points and to swap notes with the cartoonist, so you can refer back to them if you need to while the work is being done.

3. Get a quote

This early stage is also a good time to sort out the fee for the work. Typically, the cartoonist will be interested in knowing where the work is going to appear, its usage and its physical dimensions, in order to give you an accurate quote at the start.

The cartoonist will start to think about the particular demands of your job. This will lead to a “rough” drawing or set of ideas that you will be able to review before any final images are created.

Getting agreement on a final image is usually painless, although it sometimes takes a little bit of further negotiation. The finished artwork will be produced for your final approval and supplied in whatever format, traditional or digital, suits you best.

A brief word on copyright

If you are not familiar with the process, here are a few basics that will help to avoid any misunderstandings in the commissioning stage.

  1. When you commission a cartoonist to produce artwork the artist retains the copyright, unless agreed otherwise.
  2. The agreement between the client and artist is for the usage of the artwork and not ownership.
  3. Even if the buyer purchases the artwork (the original hard copy or a signed print) the cartoonist still owns the copyright, unless agreed otherwise.

You can find more detailed information here.