Commissioned artwork makes for unique and memorable presents: whether it's for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, christening, house-warming or just a present for yourself.
However, commissioning can be daunting and confusing.
That's why I've developed a commissioning process that is simple, transparent and most importantly, fun!
Below I've written a short six-step guide to commissions that includes my current pricing. Hopefully, it will address any questions you may have, however, if there is something you would like to discuss in more depth, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (via the contact page).
Step 1: Back and Forth
The first stage of a commission is a relaxed chat. You might have a clear idea of what you want, or you might be vague and fuzzy. It doesn’t matter. Whether it’s a landscape, cityscape, portrait… whether it’s something for you or for a loved one, in this initial chat my aim is to see if I can do justice to your ideas and intentions. The chat most often takes the form of a back-and-forth on e-mail or WhatsApp.
Step 2: Options and Costs
Once we’ve had the initial chat, I go away and come back with a recommendation. I try to include options and choices in my recommendations. For example, I’ll give you the option of different sizes, having it on canvas or paper and the choice of framed or unframed. As you might expect, the bigger a commission is the more expensive it will be. (You can see my current price list below)
A painting will take a minimum of three weeks and a framed print a minimum of two weeks. I will do my best to accommodate quick turnarounds where I can. It's worth saying that I will only accept your commission if I’m confident I can create something wonderful for you and also meet my own creative standards.
Step 3: Invoice and Deposit
Once we’ve agreed the form the commission will take, I will send you an invoice for 50% of the total amount. The remaining 50% is due once I’ve delivered the final piece and you’re happy with it. I accept bank transfers or PayPal and all my quotes include the cost of shipping, so there are no hidden or unexpected extras. Once I’ve received the deposit, I get to work!
Step 4: Mock-up and Check-in
For all commissions I start by creating a digital design on the computer. This helps me get a feel for the colours and the composition of a commission. Once I’m happy with the design, I’ll e-mail it to you. At this stage you’ll have a very clear idea of how the final piece will look and yet this is also the best time for you to make any comments or suggestions. If needs be, I make adjustments. If not, I head straight to the next stage.
Step 5: Painting and Framing
If you’ve commissioned a painting, I’ll send you regular photos of my progress on WhatsApp or e-mail. If you’ve commissioned a print, I’ll send you a photo of the finished piece.
Step 6: Delivery and Final Payment
When I’ve finished, I’ll send you a final photo so you know what the final piece looks like. I then carefully wrap the painting or print and arrange a convenient time for delivery. If you live close, I prefer to deliver myself. If it’s further away, I’ll use Parcel Force or DPD. Once you’ve received the painting or print, and you’re happy, I’ll then send you the final invoice for the remaining 50%. And that’s it!