The first thing I always ask every client is WHEN do you need it.
If it has a special rush involved, it can effect which style is best. Some techniques take longer, some can be done in one day.
How much will this be?
Every project is different. How complex the image is the biggest reason. It normally works out to about $30/hour
What do you need from me?
I have created images just from verbal instruction. Depending on the project, I may have some information needed from you or I may suggest something.
How do I pay?
I normally will not ask for anything upfront. Depending on the project, I have several ways of paying, including check or money transfer.