COMMISSIONING AN ARTIST FOR CUSTOM ARTWORK
A artist is sometimes hired to paint a custom piece of artwork that is specifically unique to that particular clients’ needs. It is an original work of art, and in keeping with the artist's own particular style. The commission starts as a dialog between the artist and client, and when the details are agreed upon, those specifics are summarized in a written contract.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I select an artist?
Begin by seeing the artist's work both in person if possible, and a portfolio or website. If the artist has a wide range of skills and variations of style, the possibilities are endless. If not, you can expect the work to be similar to something they've already created.
How do I get started?
Arrange a meeting at the location you wish to hang the art so the artist can get all the information they need about the space, size, decor... I like to make a color palette on site to refer to while I paint. After discussing ideas and preferences, the artist will prepare a contract and a payment schedule along with a detailed concept for approval. Once a deposit is received, the artist can begin work.
Do all artists accept commissions?
No, many artists are not comfortable with this process, while others enjoy the challenge and reward of fulfilling a client’s ideal art wishes.
Are commissions just for the wealthy or large corporations?
It doesn’t have to be more expensive, but just like a contractor you would hire, it’s ok to get bids as every artist prices their work differently. I don’t charge more for custom pieces and can work with a budget or a payment plan can be considered in the contract. The price varies according to size and complexity. Generally, it's a 3-part payment (deposit, progress, and final payment upon completion).
INTERESTED IN A COMMISSION?
COMMISSION APPOINTMENT INFO
When I visit a client, I like to make note of the colors of your walls, adjacent furnishing and your tastes. If you are planning any palette changes in the near future, it would be good to let me know what you have in mind. Keep in mind that your art will outlast your wall color preferences and possibly be enjoyed by future generations. Your artist can make suggestions that apply to the present as well as a future family heirloom or prized corporation collection piece. Good communication between the artist and client is crucial to meeting the expectations of both and creating an extremely satisfying collaboration so I ask a lot of questions.
Here are some samples of questions I often ask:
If you prefer landscape, do you have a preference for traditional vs abstract?
Would you like to incorporate anything specific into your painting?
Is there a particular memory or place that is special to you?
Gloss finish or flat?
Paint around the edges, or do you plan to have it framed?
Is there a timeline? Estimated completion within 3 months otherwise.
Do you have a specific budget that might define the size and scope? Would you prefer a discount for cash payments? If not, check or credit cards are accepted.
Do you require a detailed preliminary drawing or is the artist description and interpretation welcome?
Is there anything else you’d like me to know? i.e. “I like ducks, or eucalyptus trees are my favorite, I despise the color …”
Which pieces of my artwork did you like and why?
Do you own any artwork, or collect certain art, and if so, tell me what attracted you to it?