Contact Herb

Current Projects

Herb is currently working on a new mural that will be finished in August 2018

*Consultations are FREE.


Illustration, Books, Graphic Design, and murals are my FULL TIME job. Thank you for taking the time to view my work. Please feel free to contact me.

Painting the newest mural

Working on the Dragonfire /Goblin Smith Mural


Books are my favorite illustration projects. I work with publishers big and small. I can draw black and white drawings or full color illustrations realistic or cartoonish what ever you need. I work mainly in acrylics on masonite board. A children’s book with full spread illustrations can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months. Have a look through my portfolio to see some of the books I have done over the years for many publishers.

More About Herb

My roots are in the illustration and graphic design trade from back before it became computerized. I was born in Munich, Germany, but grew up in the United States. One of my earliest memories was of a series of German children’s books beautifully illustrated by Fritz Baumgarten. This, along with a childhood spent within the pages of comics, inevitably led to a career as an artist and a love of many of the classic illustrators, both traditional and contemporary, including the Pre-Raphaelites; Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Mucha, N.C. Wyeth, Brian Froud and Roger Dean.

Art is a life long lesson and I put my heart and soul in to every opportunity I get to paint.

Though I work in many mediums, I began painting more seriously and painting murals in 1991. Throughout the years, I’ve gained a lot of experience and knowledge of basic interior and exterior painting, understanding of proper prep, application and protective coatings to make sure that your mural lasts. There are few projects too big or too small. As you will see from my work on this site I work from canvases to walls to entire rooms, garage doors and businesses. I enjoy the whole process; meeting with you and getting to know  you and your needs, the challenge of creating something that works for you and then making sure that you are satisfied with the work. I currently live in Washington State.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work. Please feel free to contact me by email listed on this site.


The graphic presence of your brand and product create a lasting impression that matters. Working in all media from digital design to original illustrations with pen or pencil on paper or full color paintings, we will work with you to create a unique and consistent presence with images that instantly jump at you from the page or screen. Brand design, logos, business cards, posters, brochures, or labels we can do it.

Partial Client List

  • Pelican Publishing
  • Music Sales Publishing/Omnimbus Press
  • Raven Publishing
  • Impossible Dreams Publishing
  • Ashgate Publishing
  • Steiner Korea Publishing
  • D Magazine
  • Tori Amos
  • Saving Little Hearts
  • Adventures Underground
  • Ag Management
  • Washington State University

After talking with you about your project, I can give you an idea about cost. I prefer to communicate through the email or by phone, however, because every project is unique I may need to meet with you in person and see the project for a more a more accurate estimate. I give free consultations. I will charge for sketch time, if you decide not to go forward on the project otherwise that is included in the project.

Once the contract is signed, I require 50% of the estimate up front before initial sketches and 50% upon completion. However, I can also work with you on other payment arrangements if needed. I take all forms of payment.


Herb and Allyson Leonhard are both artists having met during art school. Over the years they have done many large works in their local area including murals, theater sets and design as well as many large street paintings. Murals and large works are one of the things they enjoy doing together.

With a team of two painters we can get that big job done for you as quickly as possible.

Herb is a local artist and illustrator well-known for his fantasy art paintings exploring movement through pattern and color. If you are thinking about something large contact us to talk about it, we are eager to work with you and have very reasonable rates!

Mural Pricing

How much?

In regards to murals,  I base my bids on an area rate taking your budget into consideration. However, if the job requires greater detail and/or preparation beforehand we will charge additional fees that are negotiable. In addition, if the job requires us to travel away from home and therefore requires lodging expenses, these will be included in the fees.

Thing you should know about us

We work very quickly.

We work around your schedule and within your budget.

50% of the agreed price is required before starting a project. The remaining balance will be due upon completion.

Have a mural commission?

No surprises. My bids include all labor and materials. I general idea of the amount I charge is $50.00 a square foot for the area, which includes paint and all supplies.

Many factors determine the price for mural work.:

  • Exterior or interior wall?
  • Wall surface?
  • Is scaffolding required?
  • Am I designing your mural or do you already have an exact image in mind?
  • Size
  • Complexity of request
  • Travel

General tips for when you get in touch with us about a commission

Here is a little information to give you a helpful idea of fees, briefing and timing.

Below are some questions that helps us quote if it is a publishing project, although many of the questions are relevant to other projects:

-Please describe what the composition might involve? people? animals? landscapes? etc…

-Can you send over a visual or detailed art specs?

-How large are the illustrations? 1/4, 1/2 or full pages, if known?

-How many illustrations do you require?

-Can you send over layouts with text in place so the artists knows the exact space they have to work with, or would you rather have us do that?

-What is the trim size of the book?

-When would you like the artwork created, what is your tentative schedule?

-Would you like to use the images solely in the book, or in other places, such as merchandising?

-If you have a ballpark budget that would be helpful to know.

Quite often with publishers, we have found that they will have their own idea of what style will work for a title, so if you plan to approach a publisher, we recommend commissioning a cover artwork and a spread initially to present to a publisher.
We look forward to hearing from you and will be delighted to help further with your project.

It’s difficult to quote mural prices over the phone. Consultations are FREE and I will meet with you personally to look at your wall space. Contact me today.

Questions about getting started? Drop us a line to find out more!

We would be happy to discuss your project with you.