I see that your poster is sold out, is there any way that you can send me a digital file if I swear it's for my own personal use?
My band/company/quadriplegic dog walking service wants art, can we commission you?
Yes, definitely. I have been a freelance illustrator since 2005, and I regularly take commissioned work from various clients and the occasional South American dictator (*cough* Robo-Noriega *cough*). At times my schedule can get quite busy, so I can't take on everyone's projects. If you are interested in commissioning me for work, please use the contact sidebar button to send me as much information about your project as possible with details like description, deadline, quantity, budget, etc.
I wanted to purchase a print from your online store but it's sold out, how can I get it?
You can't. All my prints are limited editions (hence the signing and numbering) and I never do reprints/second editions. Once an item sells out in my online store, I don't have additional prints to sell. You can promise as many fatted calfs, acres of land and/or indentured servants as you like, but if I'm sold out I can't produce something out of nothing.
I'm an aspiring illustrator/designer/printer/stunt double for strippers, can I please get some pointers?
I really think it's great that you have such high hopes and ambitious dreams! I share a lot of what I know on my blog and process videos, so be sure to check those out. If you still haven't found what you were looking for, please feel free to send me some quick questions and I'll be more than happy to help you. As you are submitting your question(s) please keep them limited and make sure they are specific. Just know that I'm more than willing to help you along, but if a google search of your question reveals the answer on the first few pages, the best response you can hope for is just a link to the search results on google. Unfortunately I can't coach your entire illustration/design career.
Can you give me contact information for bands?
The bands really really want me to give out their personal information, but I don't because of numerous character flaws I exhibit such as avarice and pettiness.
How do you get your clients?
I set out traps and use my website as the bait.
How is your work printed?
My posters and prints are all screen printed. I used to screen print by myself, however lately I've been hiring out in order to keep up with my busy workload. I truly enjoy screen printing, both as a process and as an end result, so I stay closely involved with the printers I work with.
I like the art on your latest poster but I don't like the band/movie, can I get an art print of that?
Occasionally (but not always) I do make art prints. If an art print is available it would be announced right away during the initial sale. I don't re-release prints in any form and an art print is not something I would make upon request.
I like a certain poster, can you offer it in different sizes i.e. wallet-sizes?
With screen printed and limited edition work, it's not feasible to offer in different sizes due to the nature of the printing process and the limited run. When the prints first drop on my site, any available sizes (if any) would be announced from the beginning. I tend to use standard frame sizes like 18x24 and 24x36 for most of my work.
Is your work official?
Yes. I work directly with bands and clients to create work that is officially commissioned/licensed.
Do you work digitally or traditionally?
When it comes to the creative process, it's helpful to understand that it's never one way or the other. When asking yes or no, boxers or briefs, Picard or Kirk type questions about the creative process, the answer is usually both because creative professionals will usually do what it takes to get the job done. That being said, I use both techniques and enjoy the challenge of blending them together as seamlessly as possible.
Do you ever sell/display your posters at live events?
Yes! Every year I do as many live events as I can such as Flatstock, Renegade Craft Fair, and Unique LA. I'm at the booth to meet and greet and I usually bring most of, if not all of the posters I have for sale, including ones that are not available online.
I want to watch you while you sleep, how can I contact you directly?
Sounds great, but since I rarely sleep, watching that would be a teaser at best. The contact form is located on the contact button on the left side of my website. I respond to all emails personally and I try to get back to everyone as soon as possible, with the exception of Nigerian princes. My inbox is always full so if you have questions, please read the FAQs before emailing.
Oh and by the way Kevin, in addition to the whole watching you sleep thing, how can I stay updated with the freshest Kevin Tong Illustration news?
The icons at the lower left of my website are links to my social networks. All of them I update frequently, especially facebook and twitter. In addition to those, be sure to check out my blog (sidebar on the left).