One-on-One Artist Consultations

Shannon McNab | photo by Jessica Safko

Being a self-employed designer can be the most rewarding career out there, but it’s not without it’s frustrations.


Color palette indecision, developing a focused portfolio, pricing confusion, social media woes, or radio silence after sending emails. Sound familiar???

Every surface designer deals with things like these at some point; it’s just one of the realities of running your own business. The good news is that most times, you’ll be able to find your own solutions to the challenges you’re facing.

However, if you feel like you need someone to offer advice or clarity
to your surface design goals or support as you start your career, I want to help you!


Why I’m Passionate About Helping Artists

Shannon McNab | photo by Jessica Safko

I started my surface design career in late 2016. In the three years since, I’ve licensed and sold over 40 designs and worked on 20+ commission projects. And last year, I more than doubled my income from 2017!

None of that success would have been possible without my years of graphic design experience and the many mentors I sought out for creative and business advice. I’ve learned so much in the industry and now I want to pay it forward as much as I can!

Topics I Can Help You With:

  • Portfolio Reviews

  • Trade Shows

  • Building Your Client List

  • Time Management & Organization

  • Goal Planning (short & long term)

  • Budgeting & Finances

  • Complex Design Work in Adobe Illustrator


Schedule Your Consultation

Each one hour session is $125. Payment is due 1 week prior to the call.

After payment is received, you’ll receive a simple questionnaire to help me provide the most effective feedback for you during our 1-hour call.

Following our session, you’ll receive a summary of our discussion, including links to any resources we discuss.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you grow your business!

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Praise from Artists

“The portfolio review Shannon provided helped take my designs to the next level and get them market ready. A natural teacher, Shannon is sincere, focused and offered constructive and concrete advice. Open to any and all questions, her supportive and empathetic nature is genuine and so appreciated. A must for anyone preparing for their first trade show. The insights gained are invaluable.”

Jill Burns

My consultation with Shannon was extremely helpful! Her extensive knowledge and experience in the industry are evident and she provided me with lots of practical advice.  I felt a little nervous going into this consultation, but Shannon made me feel totally at ease with her warm personality and supportive nature.”

Jen Koym

“I highly recommend Shannon's portfolio review. We spent an hour discussing my work and she gave genuine, actionable help. Very big help before I refine the presentation and begin to send my work out into the world!”

Nancy Cole

"Shannon had great advice the share with me about preparing for my first year at Surtex.
She is so sweet and helped me to get my head around such a daunting task. Her insights and organizational skills are priceless!"

Suzanne Blanck

"I've been going in circles, wading through the endless supply of art licensing advice
for over a year now. Talking with Shannon helped me to finally process all of this information
and find a clear path for my career! She reviewed my work, helped me figure out which markets
to target, and gave me such invaluable tips/advice that I feel more empowered and excited to
nurture my business than ever."

Holly Bender

“Shannon was focused and forthcoming in answering all my questions. She instantly put me at ease with her affable manner and provided constructive feedback on my work and valuable insights into the business of pattern design. Meeting with Shannon has definitely given me a needed boost in moving my business forward.”

Cory Deibert