Frequently Asked Questions
Before sending any inquiries, please review these frequently asked questions!
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Do you take commissions/ Do you do artwork for others?
Unfortunately, no I do not. Thank you for your interest in working with me! I truly appreciate your support. I am working full time on books and my own work so I will not be taking on any additional work.
What is a commission?
In the simplest non-legal terms, it is you hiring me to make you some kind of art piece. Here are some examples of requests I often receive:
Can you draw me/my kids?
Can you make me a logo?
Can you design my wedding invites?
As mentioned above, unfortunately I cannot, but I am very flattered by your requests.
What are your Prices?
Unfortunately I am not available for commissions so I don't have a price list to share.
I wrote a book, can you illustrate it?
I only take illustration projects that come through my agent.
Unfortunately I don't do any self published books.
If you are being published by a publisher/ not self-publishing please ask your art director or editor to reach out to my agent Carrie Hannigan at HG Literary
How do you get a book published?
Everything I learned about making kids books I learned through joining SCBWI - the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. I met my agent at one of their conferences and got my first illustration contract through their network.
Can you recommend any other illustrators?
I suggest reaching out to artists that say they are "open for commissions" on their websites or social media profiles.
I recommend this site if you are looking for somewhere to start: https://www.womenwhodraw.com/
Can you animate something for me?
Sadly I cannot! I'm not an animator! Whole different skillset from illustration
Do you do or allow Read-Alouds?
If you have questions about permissions for reading my books aloud you can find info from my publisher here: https://www.lbyr.com/little-brown-young-readers/lbyr-blog/lbyr-book-sharing-permission-statement/
Do you do Virtual School Visits?
Unfortunately due to the volume of requests, I have put a pause on scheduling further school visits. Please consider checking out these previously recorded events:
A read-aloud event with PBS Books: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOe4Q0O6Aew
Drawing with Vashti Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/c/VashtiHarrisonIllustration
Where can I buy your books?
Any bookstore! I don't sell my books personally, and it doesn't affect me where you buy from, but I'd love it if you support your local bookstore. If they don't currently have it in stock you ask them to order a copy for you. If you'd like to purchase online all links are available on this page
Wholesale? How can I stock your books in my store?
I don't sell or distribute the books myself, they are published in the US and Canada through my publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group (and in the UK: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Random House.) As a vendor you should be able to purchase through normal bookseller distribution platforms! Im just the creator, sadly I have no idea how that part of the system works!
How do you do your illustrations?
Typically I work digitally in Photoshop with a Cintiq. I use a mixture of brushes that are meant to replicate Gouache and Watercolor. Sometimes I work on my iPad with my Apple Pencil, in that case it is usually just for fun or practice. Other times I play around with actual gouache, watercolor, India ink and crayons!
Do you have any tutorials?
Yes! I partnered with Skillshare to create a digital Illustration tutorial. You can use this link to receive a free 2-Month Skillshare trial http://skl.sh/vashti
Can I share your artwork?
Yes, as long as you follow a few guidelines I'd love for you to share my work!
1.Always give credit and tag me as the artist of the work by tagging me @vashtiharrison in the description and the image.
2. Please NEVER change my artwork: do not change the color by using a filter or editing tools or crop the image. By doing so you are changing the artwork without my permission.
Can I use your work on my website/blog?
If you would like to share my work, that is no problem, just as long as you credit me!
Using my work to promote your website or blog requires a license and unfortunately I do not license any of my illustrations for that kind of use.
Can I print your art/ put your work on t-shirts or bags?
My work may not be used for commercial use, or be changed, adjusted or built upon.
Printing out artwork you find online is illegal under US Copyright Law. You may not create and sell products with my art on it without direct permission from me.
Where can I buy your artwork?
Select prints and products are available in my Society6 Shop. It is a print-on-demand site that prints ships and produces everything. I just upload my artwork and they do the rest. As of now I do not have the bandwidth to run my own shop. I don't have any control over which products they make or how they make them. Any product concerns or questions can be directed to Society6 customer service.
Not all of my pieces are available for sale.
Unfortunately, as of now, no original pieces are for sale.
Do you have any books of your work?
Not yet, hopefully soon.
Thanks so much for reading!
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