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!
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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]

FAQ   KIRK ANDERSON

About

ABOUT   KIRK ANDERSON
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 
combine
 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.
 

 

OVER 20 YEARS
IN VISUAL
COMMUNICATION.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Organizations using Kirk's work

  

Mainstream

  

CBS Evening News
Glamour
Los Angeles Times

Minneapolis Star Tribune
New York Times
Newsweek International
The Onion

University of Wisconsin-Madison
USA Today
Washington Post

 

 

Progressive

  

Adbusters
American Prospect

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
In These Times
Ms. Magazine

New Internationalist
Sojourners
Tikkun
Yes Magazine
Z Magazine

 

 

Advocacy

  

ACLU

AFSCME
Greenpeace
Human Rights Watch
National Organization for Women
Oxfam
Rethinking Schools
Sierra Club
Southern Poverty Law Center
UAW

"Kirk Anderson is an outrageously bold and talented cartoonist."

– Howard Zinn, historian and author of A People's History of the United States

 

 

"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 of Academe:
Magazine of the AAUP

 


"...we're really excited about this and thanks for the incredible turn-around."

Deborah Thomas, Publisher of FAIR/Extra!

 


"Thank you so much for doing all this in such a short time. I think they look great and you should be very proud of yourself. I'll be in contact with you over the weekend for the other two ads (after you sleep for a few hours!)"

Faramarz Vakili, Director of WE CONSERVE,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

 

'[H]umorous  as well as insightful, hilarious as well as inciteful...  cartooning at its most sublime."

 

R.C. Harvey in The Comics Journal, on Kirk's Banana Republic