I thought it was time to update the logo for Bad Cat Chris. I have some experience with design but not with illustration. I wish I was an illustrator. Years ago I found enjoyment in drawing funny cartoons. I thought the content was great but the art was terrible. I tried to learn to draw to no avail so I just let the idea of becoming a cartoonist fall away.
This time I wanted to find someone with talent to help me out. I heard about Fiverr several years ago but since I make no money on my blog I didn’t really have a need for professional services. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to spend a little money to improve the look of the site a bit. I also wanted the image of Chris to more resemble the real Chris.
My biggest obstacle was that I didn’t really know what I wanted. I decided to look at the artwork from several artists and see if someone struck a chord with me. I settled on alicialucdesign because the first picture that came up was a cute illustration of a dog that I thought was the right style and she also had beautiful cat illustration so I knew she could draw cats.
There are three levels of illustrations you can get from Fiver; basic, standard and premium.
- The basic, which is $10, includes “1 Figure, No Colour, High Resolution, Unlimited Revision, 2 Days delivery.”
- The standard is $20 and includes “1 Figure, Full Colour, High Resolution, Unlimited Revision, 2 Days delivery.
- The premium is $25 and includes “1 Figure, Full Colour, High Resolution, Background/Scene, Unlimited Revision, 2 Day delivery
I don’t know if these specifications are specific to the designer or to Fiverr, probably the designer. My first thought was to go with the premium but I had no idea what I wanted in the background. I was not even sure what I wanted in the foreground.
The order process was pretty easy except I hit a bit of a stumbling block. There was no way to type instructions for the job on the web page. Instead, there was a button for uploading the job specs. Since I had no specs, only basic instructions, I had to write them down in a text file and then upload that file. If I was designing the Fiverr website, would have put a text box for instructions and an upload button for additional materials.
Anyway, I gave her a link to the blog and another link to Chris’s tenth birthday post because there are many photos of Chris in that post. I asked her to create an illustration that resembles Chris. After that, Fiverr asked for money. The total was $22 which included a $2 service fee that I assume is Fiverr’s portion of the transaction.
A day or two later I received an email saying the order was complete. I downloaded it and was very impressed.
It was almost what I was looking for but not quite. The description says there is an unlimited number of revisions allowed, which, I think, is just asking for problems. I worked in a print shop so I know how much of a pain some customers can be. I didn’t want to be a pain. I’m sure one revision would not have been a big deal but I wasn’t really sure what it needed.
I accepted the image as is and gave a $10 tip. Fiverr added another $2 service fee to my tip which seemed wrong but I suppose they have credit card expenses they have to pay. I also left a five star review but used speech-to-text from my phone which never works right. After I left the review I noticed there were several errors making it difficult to read. I tried to change it but there is no way to edit your review. I’m a bit embarrassed but at least my last name is not displayed.
I considered the image for a while and then made some very minor changes myself. I increased his smile ever so slightly and added whiskers, horns, and a halo. I then added a background and put a mouse next to Chris with it’s tail under his foot.
All in all, I think $34 was a bargain for such quality work. What do you think about Fiverr? What about the art? Do you have any suggestions on improving the final image?
Not familiar with any of those design services but I think it’s an adorable illustration she came up with AND your additions were super well done! I like it a lot………………
I fortunately can ask Mar… but this logo is absolutely beautiful… and it is christ from halo to toe ;O)
Thanks. Glad you like it.
I love it!
I think it came out great. I’ve heard mixed things about Fiverr, so I was reluctant to use it. But it looks like you found someone pretty good and it went well. $34 was a bargain. I had a logo made by someone and it was way more than that.
I agree. I may have her do Frankie and Flokie too. I’ll have to think about how I can best use the images first.
I think your logo came out fabulous! Just fabulous! The only thing…there is a blogger, Ann from Zoolatry who I think does logos too (I think she charges less but I am not 100% certain about that)……..regardless, your logo is darling, just darling and I don’t think any revisions are necessary. All in all I think your money was well spent, it’s an adorable logo!
Thanks Caren. I am happy with the results too.
I like it! And I think your additions made it really smashing!
Thanks. I appreciate that.
Hi it is alicialucdesign! Thankyou very much for the compliments! Btw, You are doing great with the background and the additional accesories :D!!
Thanks so much.
That is cute and also very clever and well done, bravo!
It looks great!
That came out great! I love the angel/devil addition 🙂 I have not used fiver, but if I would if a need came up.
Thanks. I was thinking that Chris is a good little devil. He might behave badly sometimes but he has a good soul.
We really like the final print of Chris with his horns and halo. Really good to capture his good and bad qualities. The mouse is a great addition. A good buy
Thanks so much.
dood….yur art peace total lee rox; tho frank lee we think dadz a dishunz iz what makes yur logo top notch sooooper kewl….tell dad ta gives frankie N floki a try on hiz own…mite bee him likez hiz own werk now……ya never noe !! 🙂 ♥♥
Dad knows his limitations. 🙂
That’s adorable—especially with your additions. Always innerested to read people’s experiences with these programs. I was under the impression that Fiverr was called that cos all designs started at $5. You found a wonderful designer.
Thanks. I think when it was created they started at $5. There are probably still some designers that will accept that. I really don’t know how it works.
That came out very nicely! I did some work with Fiverr a few years ago and got a black and white high-res illustration which came out well. I went through 99Designs for Cats Going Places’ logo, and I think some of the artists do both.
I would imagine a good artist is on a lot of different platforms unless they don’t have the time.
That turned out really well! And I like the additions you made.
Thank you. 🙂
We like it!!! Cute idea to add the halo AND horns!!
The Florida Furkids
Thank you. 🙂
We love the illustration! Your little finishing touches really did the trick! So cute.
Thanks so much.
Love the picture (with the mouse)
There is a mouse in all of them. Did you notice that?
Apparently not. 🙂 At any rate, I like the end result.
Sorry, there is not a mouse in all of them. That was another post.
Never mind my last comment. I thought you were commenting on a different post.