How to Commission a Painting

Have you ever wanted to commission a painting but not quite sure of how to go about it?

Its a simple process so long as you and the artist have the same understanding. 

Firstly, do a little research on the artist you like. You should be able to gather some information to understand your artist's price point, their style and preferred subject matter. 

Once you've found your artist, try and be as specific as you can about what you want.

Think about these things;

Is the medium important to you or will you leave this up to the artist?

What size would you like the finished piece? 

What is your budget?

Who or what would you like the painting of? Try and be as specific as you can. If you have a photo you'd like the artist to work from, include this in your email. If its a portrait and the sitter is close by (and if possible) I like to meet the subject and take my own reference photos.

All of these things will be needed for the artist to give you a quote.

 

Questions you might like to ask your artist;

Do you work from photographs or life?

Is there time in your schedule for my commission?

When can I expect delivery of my commission?

Is shipping included in your fee?

 

Once you've established these points make sure you have an email clarifying all the information that you can both refer back to if needed. Most artists will then require a non-refundable deposit in order to get started. Full payment will be expected when the painting is complete and you are happy with it.

An example of a recent commission. The client was in a different country so I worked from a photograph of his daughter.

 This commission was a very large 1500x1500mm portrait where the client allowed me my own creative input to capture this little boys vibrancy. 

This commission was a very large 1500x1500mm portrait where the client allowed me my own creative input to capture this little boys vibrancy. 

If you're considering commissioning a painting don't be afraid to start a conversation with an artist. We love to hear from you!