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How Do I Go About Commissioning Artwork And What Are The Terms….


Commissioning any kind of artwork can sometimes be a frightening experience. And sometimes it’s no picnic for the client, either. Seriously though, commissioned art should be an enjoyable collaboration between the artist and the client. As the artist, I can’t read the client’s mind. But sometimes the client can’t quite put their ideas into words. So I always suggest gathering at least a few ideas from any source available to you….magazines, books, travel brochures and even the internet. This collection of ideas should include ideas for the concept of the commission as well as ideas for individual elements that you may want included. And most importantly, it should include colors. This is the best way to get started.

Regarding our terms for commissioning artwork….general estimates are free and are just that, an estimate. I can give you a somewhat broad price range, depending, of course, on the type of project. If you decide that I’m the artist you would like to work on your project, I request an initial retainer fee to cover my time for the rendering of sketches and any additional meetings we may have. This fee would be a minimum of $200.00 and would cover initial sketches, including revisions, as well as additional consultations. One half of this fee will be applied to the final cost of that project. The fee is not refundable.

I have a minimum fee of $1000.00 per project. I require a twenty percent deposit which would place your project next in line on the schedule. Another thirty percent would be due within a week of starting the project. The balance is due upon completion of the project. Rush projects can be accommodated rarely, and will be charged a fifty percent premium.

This is a system that works well for myself and my clients. However, every situation is different. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make suggestions. And remember…..it’s only paint.