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What does Richard do as an artist, illustrator and animator?

Richard is commissioned to draw and paint everything and anything. He works for many clients needing a celebratory drawing or caricature of their beloved family member – their ever faithful pooch or moggy and their treasured little kiddies are always popular. He also works with corporate clients in all forms of illustration commissions from logos to corporate branding to visual illustration and animation. He helps them to visualise and develop ideas to promote their companies concepts and designs through art and illustration. This covers creative consulting, (sketching out ideas for ad campaigns and consultation), painting someone’s portrait (straight or caricature), creating conceptual art to bring a visual to someone’s written ideas, painting original art, posters, publicity material and billboards – and everything in between. He has even been approached to design tattoos, customising motor bike helmets and painting digital murals for wallpaper!

Working with clients?

Richard’s clients approach him with their ideas and aims of the project; This is the feasibility stage discussing concepts and scope of work – he basically carries out research and client consulting when illustrating.

For this stage he loosely sketches several ideas to get a general concept and agreed composition, makes a refined draft line sketch of the best idea and then seek clients approvals before moving on. This saves time and money for everyone and manages expectations. He refines and revises the draft drawings every step of the way as needed until the client is happy.

How long does it take to finish a commission?

Richard is constantly working on one project or another, so his availability is on a project-by-project basis. He works independently at home and often, collaboratively with clients’ own teams and their clients. While most projects fall into the 1-3 weeks range, he’s provided urgent turnarounds for his illustration work as and when required. It’s so important to discuss and address the details of the project early on in the project.

Creative Brief

With digital paintings, cartoons and fine art commissions, Richard agrees the time to deliver the painting and final cost with clients before starting the artwork. With regard to corporate illustrations, VR illustrations and animations, once his clients are happy with the feasibility concept and before he actually commences, he firstly provides a Creative Brief and quotation which includes the agreed scope of works and his costs.

It generally outlines project overview and background information, sets out objectives and expectations, agrees the target audience and key message, scheduled programme, and finally his terms and conditions when commissioning Chumleys Art.

Rates & Quotations

Rates in any creative profession are highly variable on the type of the project, the final size, and delivery time. No two projects are the same so Richard has to work out his time at the board and provide quotes on that. You can refer to the pricing brochure for an idea of costings but if you need to discuss the project in detail go to the Contact Us page. 

Payment Transactions

Many commissions are paid by cash with a small deposit being made before he starts the work – normally around 10% of the estimate cost. With corporate illustrations, an official works purchase order is normally raised, and he invoices accordingly once he has finished the commission and the client happy with the final work. He also accepts BACS and PayPal payments.


Richard sells to galleries locally and has signed and limited editions prints for sale of his artwork within the Fine Art & Traditional Media, Illustration & Digital Paintings and Pen & Ink pages of the web site.

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