Is Josephine your real name?
Nope. My real name is Brenda Ponnay. Read the real story here.
How much do you charge?
I charge $100 hour, usually. Sometimes I charge a flat rate if I know the project is going to be simple and not involve a lot of back and forth changes. Sometimes I work for free because the project inspires me and/or it will look good in my portfolio. I detail my rates a little more here.
What programs do you use to create your illustrations?
I primarily use Adobe Illustrator CS3. (I heart Illustrator!) I also use Adobe Photoshop and Indesign. Sometimes I paint and draw by hand and scan them into Photoshop.
Are you an illustrator or a graphic designer?
I like to call myself a graphic illustrator. I do both.
I want to write a children’s book, will you illustrate it for me?
Probably not. Mostly because illustrating doesn’t come as easy to me as you might think. Every illo is painful and a book is too big of a commitment for me. Plus, I already have about a zillion kid’s books in my own head I want to write and illustrate.
Will you link me?
If you have to ask, probably not. Unfortunately, I just don’t get around to a lot of blogs like I used to. So many links! So little time to read.
Can you make me a web banner?
Yes. Hire me!
Do you design websites or blog templates?
Technically no. I don’t code them anyway. But I have programmers who help me do that. So yes, I can design you a website or a blog template but it will involve a team of people to make it happen. Hire me!
What kind of camera do you use?
I use a water-proof and unbreakable Canon PowerShot D10 because I am a mom and I like to throw my camera in my purse. For more professional shots, I use a Canon T2i. Both are great cameras!
How do you get inspired? What’s your secret to being creative?
I drink a LOT of coffee and I’m not a perfectionist (obviously). I think perfectionism hangs up a lot of talented people.
I wrote you an email a long time ago and you never responded. Are you a snob or just busy?
Sigh. I have issues with email. I used to be the queen of emailing and would answer right away with long thoughtful notes. Then I had a kid and now my email inbox averages about 100 emails that I need to respond to on any given day. I try to keep up but I’m always hopelessly behind. Also, a lot of times I do respond to your emails but they get caught in your spam folder. If I haven’t responded to you in a week, check your spam folder, my email might be in there. I don’t mind duplicate emails checking on me. I really do want to answer everybody’s email. When all else fails, try my gmail account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What’s Bug’s real name and why do you call her Bug?
No, her real name is not Bug. It’s actually a really pretty name but I can’t type it here. I don’t ever put her real name in type because I just want to keep her out of google searches until she’s old enough to create her own identity for herself on the web. We do call her Bug as a nickname though and surprisingly she answers to it! Really though, she’d rather be called Flower.
My question isn’t on here. Can I ask you a question?
Of course! Email me!