Explore The Past Visually with
Intelligent artwork with a purpose makes learning history fun and accessible.
THings I Illustrate
I illustrate historical places, ideas, and concepts to make learning easier, brighter, and more fun. I believe drawings, diagrams, maps, and illustrations help communicate high level information to a lay audience who might otherwise get lost in technical jargon and industry specific language. Learning history is fun, but presenting complex ideas to someone experiencing that concept for the first time can be a daunting task. My illustrations help simplify the concepts to make learning fun and accessible without dumbing down (or leaving out!) any of the information.
Overlay history on top of a geographic location to highlight the real places historical events took place. These are great for highlighting routes or journeys and also for showcasing the historical importance of a particular area.
Diagrams & Infographics
Sometimes information is best communicated in steps and drawing out the steps helps show someone how the ideas (or people!) are connected. Great for genealogies, step by step instructions, date based history timelines, or exhibit overviews at conferences, museums, and events.
Hand illustrated sketch of palaces, castles, and houses of history (both real and fictional) to celebrate a particular place, city, home, or building.
Centuries of HIstory Onto a single page
Artwork helps you communicate big ideas in small spaces while capturing attention and making in depth information fun to explore.
Here are some examples
These are images of work I’ve done for fellow historians to use on their history tours, commemorative merchandise, souviniers, artwork for their blog posts or magazine articles, and maps or diagrams that enhance their latest book or publication.
You know learning about history is fun. Historical Illustration lets you share that enthusiasm with your audience.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you only do Shakespeare projects?
- What does a project cost?
- What are the stages of the project?
- How do I get started?
I specialize in 16-17th century England & Scotland for my research background. That’s the area I know best, and therefore it’s the one I can research for you included in the project cost (I also have a library of vector graphics for this time period that makes designing for this time frame easier as well). I will draw for projects outside that timeframe (quite happily as I love to explore) but I will need more input with the research from you if it’s not Shakespeare’s time frame, and if you need me to do extensive independent research for you outside my expertise, I will have to charge a small research fee to do that.
The cost depends on what kind of map you are looking to have made, and how much detail you need, so the cost varies, but I know it is important to know what ballpark you are working in when you go to start a project, so here are some examples:
All Digital/Basic Map: An all digital map typically costs $350, takes 7-10 business days to deliver. (Includes up to 10 locations on your map).
Hand Illustrated Physical Map: Hand illustrated artwork that is highly detailed and done as a mix of canvas and digtial work will cost $300 for my time plus $75 per building you want included on the map. This takes 2-4 weeks to deliver.
Individual Building Portrait: Digital- $150/building, printed on 8.5 x 11 in paper (can be formatted for A4 if you’re in the UK), and delivered as a png/jpg. If you want a phyical building portrait done all in watercolor and ink, that is $275, plus shipping. 7-10 business days to deliver.
Diagrams/Infographics – I can create detailed history graphics, diagrams, or infographics for you and I charge $275 per illustration. I can deliver this in 14 business days.
All of my artwork done for clients come with an official transfer of distribution rights so that you can publish the artwork in your book or article, use the finished artwork to sell additional prints of the map on your own, or turn the map into merchandise for your company. As all artists do, I retain rights to all of the individual buildings and embellisments I draw. Every project includes unlimited revisions to make sure you are happy with the final product.
I hope that helps give you an overview of what to expect in terms of pricing.
If you are looking to add illustrated history to your world, I am happy to offer a free 15 minute consultation to talk over your project before we begin.
1. Initial Zoom Meeting – we will meet and discuss what you need, what you’re looking for, and confirm the price of the project fits within your budget.
2. Project Begins– we sign a contract that outlines the scope of the project, details permissions of who owns the images, transfers rights to you for the final project to use anywhere in the world, and you pay your 50% deposit to get started. I begin drawing your design!
3. Overall layout– I will sketch the layout of the map and confirm the layout with you. (If you are an author or researcher that already has an outline prepared, I will start with your outline.)
3. Stops– each of the locations on your map will be hand illustrated one at a time. Once completed, I will send you a preview of the stops to confirm accuracy.
4. Background– to make a digital map, everything is done in layers. Once I have the layout and the stops, I will add the background and confirm you like the general look of the map. This is the First Draft of your map and this is the stage where if you want to make any major changes, you should do them here.
5. Tweaking the Details – I will go in to remove any stray pencil marks, sharpen up the edges, and make the map into a finished and polished map for you. There’s no turning back now, this is your map. Only minor changes can be made from here forward.
6. Revisions: At this stage, we will go back and forth with design and delivery until you are happy with the final map. Maps are a collaborative process and I will make tweaks and changes as much as you need to be fully satisfied and thrilled with your final map.
7. Final Draft: Once you are satisfied with your artwork, a final invoice will be sent for the remainder of your project cost along with the high resolution file in either png or jpg, to your preference.
Email me directly using cassidy at cassidycash dot com (replace those words with symbols, you know how email works ::wink::) All projects begin with a conversation. We’ll set a time to meet over Zoom (for free), to discuss your project. I’ll let you know some options for what I can do, how much it will cost, and how long it will take. You can decide from there if you want to work with me. I charge 50% up front and 50% at final delivery. Payments are made via Stripe, Venmo, or PayPal, and we communicate via email at several stages along the way to make sure you are kept up to date on progress and able to submit change requests as we go.
Kind words from happy clients
Thanks so much for turning this around so quickly. I now have it installed as a free resource in my resource library for my subscribers. It’s been great to work with you and I hope to again in the future.
Cassidy this is amazing – thank you! I’m grateful to you for the illustration. This time around we are going to print your illustration in the tour book which we produce for each tour.
Get a free quote on your next map or diagram
Email me directly using cassidy at cassidycash dot com and I will set up a time to talk with you over Zoom about your project. Once I have the details down, I can give you a free quote on what it will cost and how long it will take to deliver the project. I look forward to talking with you!