How does it work? Usually the client has a size and a design direction in mind. Often clients will e-mail a photo, drawing or rough idea to me.
In the first stage I present a quote based on size and a thumbnail design. This is a starting point and we may go through several changes or not before we get to the finished piece. I do all my own design work. I do not use a computer program or copy book designs. While I will refer to other artwork in the same space I do not duplicate except in historical restoration work. Here is a example of a rough sketch.
Once the sketch has been approved we move to a full scale cartoon and glass choices. Some clients like to be very involved in this others choose to let me make the choices. Either way is fine and acceptable.