Frequently Asked QuestionsHow do you work?
- I use background research you provide, supplemented by my own research, to create a rough sketch of what you describe. We then work together to make sure all of the components are there, and that emphasis is placed on the right elements.
Can I use an image for X?
How much does it cost?
contact me if you'd like to use an image and I will be able to tell you
if it's available for re-use and if there is a fee. Some were created
for the National Science Foundation and are therefore in the public
domain, however many are not.
Do you take credit card?
- Prices vary according to final use/size, complexity, and how much research I will have to do. I will give you an estimate based on the information I give you. Sayo-Art is always wiling to come up with a solution that works within your budget.
I like your work, but don't have any ideas to start out with...
- Yes, Sayo-art takes credit card through pay-pal, however processing fees may apply. Please contact with further questions.
How long does it take?
- One of my strengths is helping make suggestions on how to refine what you want to portray, and how to visualize it. So if you think your work can be helped with exciting visuals, by all means contact me. I often start with a research or journal article, and give possible illustration ideas.
Can you mimic someone else?
- An ideal time-frame to allow for back-and-forth of drafts and ideas, is 2-3 weeks. However, I've completed complex illustrations from start to finish in as little as a day and a half. Please be aware that if you contact me with less than business days rush fees may be assessed. Time and time again, editors, art directors and colleagues have told me how fast I am, so it never hurts to ask if something is possible.
What does Sayo mean?
- I can take inspiration from pieces of other work, but I will not duplicate another artist's style or work. Ethically, it's unfair (illegal) to all involved, and economically you're best going directly to that artist if that's what you're looking for.
- Sayo, pronounced "sigh-oh," is actually my middle name. It is a combination of my great-grandmother's name, Nayo, and my great-grandfather's, Sahichi. I chose to use Sayo as my company name partly to honor them, and as a way to thank my family for their long-continuing support.