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1.)  What kind of experience do you have?

I’ve always drawn and designed; in 1990, I began doing it to eat. My work has since appeared in hundreds of magazines, hundreds of books, eight years of St. Paul Pioneer Press political cartoons and illustrations, another two years of a Minneapolis Star Tribune serialized graphic novel, and four years of developing the graphic design arm of a long-term marketing campaign for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s sustainability program. My work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek International, and The Onion. It's been on the covers of books and magazines, in full-page ads and on phone apps. I deal directly with printers and any other third party questionable members of society you’d rather not associate with.         [back]


2.) How long will it take?

Graphic design, illustration, cartoons: usually you can have the completed work within a week of contacting me, sometimes much less, depending on availability. Animation: a very rough ballpark is one month for one minute of completed animation.          [back]


3.) What will it look like?
You can view relevant samples that might be similar to your own project on the
Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design and Cartoons pages.         [back]


4.) What's the process like?

You tell me everything you can about your project. I come up with some ideas and send some rough sketches. You say, “You’re on the right path, but I’m looking for something more like this.” I send some revised sketches. You say, “You’ve almost got it; can you combine the top from sketch 2 with the bottom from sketch 4?” I send a couple more versions. You say, “That’s it! Good God, man, it’s like you took a photograph inside my mind!” I get to work on the final. You see the final and say, “Looks great, but can you take the freckles off the girl?” I take the freckles off the girl. “Perfect!” We’re done. A toast!         [back]

5.) What's the cost?
Every project’s different. Please tell me as much as you can about your project, your time frame, your company, your goals and expectations for the project. If you have a budget in mind, mention that and I’ll tell you what I can deliver within that budget.

I know you want a quick, simple, dollar estimate, but unfortunately, I need to know as much as I can about your project first!


6.) Why should I hire you and not that guy?
I listen. I collaborate. I’m easy to work with. Your project isn't done until you say it is. I’m a creative visual thinker and problem solver. I’m reliable and have the experience. But really, it comes down to personal taste, whether or not you like my work, my look, my style. If you like the samples on this website, let’s dive in and get started!         [back]



Everyone knows a picture’s worth 1,000 words, but Kirk’s are worth 1,230. That extra 23% can translate into more cheese logs at your next office party!
You have a story to tell, a narrative, a message. You know how to tell your story in words; you may not be as fluent in pictures. The right visuals will get your message read, reinforced and retained.

 Message and image 
 text and context 
to speak a
 left brain/right brain 
language to both
 the head and the heart. 

Think of message and image as speaker and setting. Imagine giving the best business presentation you’ve ever given. In a parking lot. In the rain. Now, imagine giving the same business presentation, but at the Grand Canyon. That’s how visuals impact your message.  

I’d like to create your Grand Canyon.


3.) What will it look like?
4.) What's the process like?
5.) What's the cost?
6.) Why should I hire you
1.) What kind of experience
2.) How long will it take?
Your story

Organizations using Kirk's work




CBS Evening News
Los Angeles Times

Minneapolis Star Tribune
New York Times
Newsweek International
The Onion

University of Wisconsin-Madison
USA Today
Washington Post





American Prospect

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
In These Times
Ms. Magazine

New Internationalist
Yes Magazine
Z Magazine






Human Rights Watch
National Organization for Women
Rethinking Schools
Sierra Club
Southern Poverty Law Center



"You can't know how many wonderful laughs and comments your cover has received! Thank you... I hope we work together again soon."

Cat Warren, Editor

Academe: Magazine of the AAUP

 “I love what you have done with this. As usual, better than I envisioned. Thanks for taking this feature to a new level!”

Michael Kuchta, AFSCME  

“You've nailed it my friend!  It is exactly what I wanted! I think we have a perfect video now. Thank you for working with me on this.

Davide Formica, DONEnDONE

“The team LOVES your work!… Looking forward to working with you on another project.”

Ron Herman, CEO, SionicMobile

“OMG Kirk. You had the sketch done before I even responded to your questions! Incredible.“

Matthew Hirsch, Photon


The video is hysterical! It looks so great… We are all very excited!

Leah Forgus,

Marketing and Event Coordinator
Concerts For Kids

Happy customers
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