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.
"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!
Marketing and Event Coordinator
Concerts For Kids
5.) What's the cost?
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]
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! [back]
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]
Reviews, Banana Republic
(political cartoon / graphic novel)
Over 20 years in visual communication.
Organizations using Kirk's work [back]
"balls-out bravado... well ahead of the curve"
– David Brauer, MinnPost.com, Twin cities daily
"a modern-day Jonathan Swift on crack."
– Lydia Howell, host of KFAI radio's Catalyst program
– Brian Lambert, The Rake, Twin Cities monthly
"Observing Anderson’s wit, his graphic genius, his satirical savagery, I laughed the silvery laughter of pure, unadulterated pleasure at beholding the symphonic beauty of his work, its visual distinction yoked to an intellectual assault on the issues of the day, a ramble engaging both eye and mind — cartooning at its most sublime."
— R.C. Harvey, The Comic News
"Kirk Anderson is an outrageously bold and talented cartoonist… [Banana Republic] entertained me hugely... a hilarious education in recent history."
– Howard Zinn, historian and author of A People's History of the United States
"sadly... would be funnier if it weren't so accurate." A-LIST
– City Pages
“wields humor like a machete… a bracingly funny wake-up call"
– Twin Cities Daily Planet
"groundbreaking graphic political commentary... multi-layered complexity... a scathing pictorial indictment"
– UE News
CBS Evening News
Los Angeles Times
Minneapolis Star Tribune
New York Times
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
In These Times
Human Rights Watch
National Organization for Women
Southern Poverty Law Center