Commission an illustration

Since 2015, I have drawn hundreds of custom illustrations for people, including childhood homes, family portraits, beloved pets, and more.

This information is for personal commissions. If you're looking to discuss an editorial, product, or other illustration project please email me at jake@jaketobin.ca to discuss.

NOTE ON AVAILABILITY: I am away Feb 7 - Mar 6. I am still accepting commissions during this time but any work done during this period will be ready for pick-up or mailing starting Mar 7. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

How it works

  • Timing: Please allow 2 - 3 weeks, but I can sometimes accomodate tighter turnarounds (a rush fee may apply). November and December book up quickly!
  • Subjects: I can draw from photos, google streetview, or we can create a scene together. You don't need the exact photo.
  • Medium: Illustrations are black ink on paper. Colour highlights are extra and are done in watercolour.
  • Sizing: I offer three standard sizes: 5x7, 8x10, or 11x14.
  • Revisions: You get a review sketch first to make sure things are looking right. Multiple requested revisions may incur an additional fee.
  • Framing: I offer framing options for pick-up only. Pricing below.
  • Payment: Payment is upon completion. I may require a 50% deposit for larger projects.
  • Shipping/pick-up: Pick-up is from Sherbourne/Carlton in Toronto or unframed illustrations can be mailed. Regular mail is included, but tracking is $10 extra.

Pricing

Pricing is flexible depending on the subject matter and amount of detail. If you have any questions, please email to discuss!

  • 5x7: Starting at $75 - $90 (single building or up to two people)
  • 8x10: Starting at $125 - $150 (single building or up to two people)
  • 11x14: Starting at $225 - $250 (single building or up to three people)

Additional costs

Additional costs will be clearly discussed with you and are often in the range of $20 to $75. These may include adding people, pets, or other elements; colour highlights; complex buildings or scenes with lots of detail; and scenes that includes both buildings and people together.

Reduced pricing

To keep my art accessible, I take one commission per month at 30% off my normal rate. This is a no questions asked scenario, so if this is you, don't hestiate to email me.

Prints

Want to get an original ink drawing for yourself, but give copies to friends and family? I can make prints of any illustration for an additional fee--just ask!

Framing

  • 8x10 frame w/ 5x7 matte: $30
  • 11x14 frame w/ 8x10 matte: $40
  • Black, white and blonde wood (subject to availability)
  • Framed illustrations are pick-up only. However, if you have mobility concerns, please let me know.

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