Read BEFORE Hiring Me: An Important Note on Commissions

artistAlthough I’ve met some wonderful people, made terrific connections, and gained an exponential amount of skills and experience, the time has come to reform and restructure my freelance model. 

Throughout the years I have been more than lenient in regards to my artistic services—today I will hold my clients to a higher standard. Without ranting on about my clients from hell, I’ll Read More …

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As some may know, I have been an independent artist since 2002. This involves graphic design, illustration, photography, etc. Although some think my work is merely “making things pretty,” it involves a great deal of my time, travel, money, assistant fees, research, editing, experience, and resources. Yes, every single one of those. 

As a perfectionist, the amount of time, energy, sweat and tears spent on some projects didn’t mirror the professionalism I had expected from my clients.

When you hire me, you are hiring someone who values high standards. 

Many pieces of my artwork are displayed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum; my animated stickers have been featured on the front page of Apple’s App Store; I have won dozens of awards at art exhibits, fiestas, fairs, colleges, university clubs, and businesses; have designed for singers, models, actors, and top business professionals in America; I authored, designed, and published a book in 2012, which was chosen and edited by Steven King’s editor; I’m writing my second book; worked over ten years at the leading book manufacturing company in the world as a printer’s assistant, book binder, and pre-press production specialist; professionally photographed and illustrated for five of the world’s largest stock art companies; graduated with a bachelor’s in graphic design; interned for the Scranton Times Tribune Newspaper in Scranton, PA; am a contributing blogger on Ripley’s BION Museum website, among others; won three student Addy Awards; and was the ’11 AT&T winner for best new mobile application.

With that said, I am someone who has the experience, knowledge, and passion to create a project with the attention to quality that surpasses what is expected; I create as if I were presenting your project to one of my own loved ones—the people I admire most.

My work ethic functions well with clients who are honest, fair, and descent human beings. It is unfortunate, however, there are some who wish me to crank out a project as fast as I can for as little money as possible—many times wanting freebees, extras, and unlimited revisions, along the way. 

Firstly, I will no longer be giving a “friends and family” discount. As much as I want to be nice, I’ve come to a point in my life where cheap clients are holding back from creating greater things for myself and my valued, established clients.

Secondly, I will only accept work sixty days in advance as I have a complex schedule. For many years I have done on-demand work but have found this to attract demanding personality types. Exceptional work takes time. Also, prior to work, a signed contract and initial Fifty percent (50%) deposit is due to reserve date and time of event and is due 60 days prior to event. This deposit is non-refundable and is payable by check or credit card. Any outstanding balance will be charged to the credit card on file or pre-arranged transaction on the last day of the event/project.

If you haven’t returned your signed contract and I receive a message demanding projects finished “ASAP” or something equally unreasonable and pompous, I will not respond. 

If any of this seems unfair, please contact someone else. Spending time with my loved ones is much more valuable to me than gaining another client from hell.

A link to my photography pricing can be found HERE.

Although most projects don’t fit an easy pricing template, I may create specific pages for quotes on my illustration, graphic design, and other artistic services. Meanwhile, send me an email at cbaloga@me.com for a quote.

Now I will focus on greater things. Special thanks to the clients who appreciate all that goes into creating your projects. You’re the best.

*These rules don’t apply to specific nonprofit organizations. I will always make time for those in need.

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Meet the Leprechaun Pumpkin I designed at the Radisson Hotel

I was commissioned by the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton to design a Halloween pumpkin. The theme requested was a leprechaun. The only rule was it cannot be carved and the deadline was pretty much—yesterday.

Why a leprechaun?

Irish traditions permeate the very fabric of Lackawanna County. You may have heard of the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade, or “Parade Day,” as all of northeastern Pennsylvania calls it.

I had a few days to design it but, things have been hectic. I had no choice but to create it the day before, on Sunday—in one day. Given the time I had, I’m happy with the way it turned out.

I hope this jolly leprechaun brings a smile to your face.
Find my pumpkin, along with others, now on display to the right of the main lobby in the hallway in front of the elevators.

Special thanks to Brian Kenny and Mary for providing some of the materials.

 

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31 days, 31 drawings: #Inktober2017

I promised myself I’d participate in this years Inktober—despite the incessant discord of life’s current sequence of notes.

According to Inktober.com, for those who don’t know, “Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.”

Inktober provides a prompt for artist but, I’ve instead been creating art with positive messages, most centering on the message of loving peace. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to see them all.

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