Belinda Marshall Art

Commission An Artist For Custom Artwork

Commission An Artist To Create An Art Piece Of Your Choice

Many people believe that to commission an artist is difficult and available to only the wealthy. This is not true if you are wanting to order a painting or drawing from me!

I keep my prices reasonable and price according to the size, medium and subject matter. So all you need to do is choose your requirements and let me know.

I will confirm the price of the painting commission and we are ready to work together!

The benefit of ordering a fine art commission is that you get the painting or drawing that you really would love hanging on your wall.

So don’t settle for the next best thing – GET WHAT YOU WANT.

How To Commission An Artist Online

When a client commissions art the most important item I will ask for is the reference image.

For your custom art piece, please forward, via e-mail, the reference for my perusal. Please bear in mind the reference should be as clear as possible and of a fairly large size for the accuracy of detail.

  • The subject matter should not be too small, especially if you are requiring me to do a portrait. A close-up shot is best for detail and accuracy.
  • If you are wanting a landscape, in a landscape format, please try to provide me with the correct format photo. I may not be privy to the fauna of the area and unable to extend a photo to match the measurements of the painting format requested.
  • I may change or adapt the photo in the painting to provide a better composition or focal point. This will be discussed with the client first.

When you request art commissions please remember that I have no inkling of the character of your pet, what color their eyes are, or the special markings on their faces or coats. These qualities are what make your pet so special to you. 

The only thing we can rely on to create your special memory is the quality of the photos you send us.

This goes for any reference you forward us – even if it is a wild animal which you would like a portrait of. For me to capture the essence of the animal you admire and want to be reproduced, the clarity of the image is paramount.

Commissioning Artwork: Commission a Painting from a Photograph

What Mediums Are Available If I Wish to Commission a Painting Or Drawing?

I do pet portraits and wildlife art from any continent, in a wide range of mediums

These include:

  • Graphite Pencil
  • Colour Pencil
  • Chalk Pastel
  • Oil Paint

If you would like to view examples of my artwork please visit my wildlife art gallery. There you will find examples of the above mediums I work in and past art pieces.

Art Media or Mediums

If you are interested in an art commission – below you will find a description of the various mediums I work in.

Oil Paintings

I do all my oil paintings on canvas. I can make up canvases to a client’s specific specifications if this is requested. 

All oil paintings are shipped off the frame and rolled in a tube to their destination. Your framing agent will re-stretch the painting in preparation for your choice of frame.

Chalk Pastels

Chalk pastels are done on pastel paper. There are many colors of pastel paper available, ranging from light to very dark natural tones.

I choose the paper colour in accordance with what I think will best showcase the drawing to its best advantage.

Coloured Crayons and Graphite Pencil

Coloured crayons and graphite pencil drawings are either done on colour pastel paper or white watercolour paper.

You can decide on what medium you want me to use according to your preference. In general, graphite pencil drawings are done on a white paper to show off the drawing to its fullest.

Shipping Art

Shipping will be by a courier company and once posted a tracking number will be forwarded to you. Generally, the painting or drawing will be rolled and shipped in a tube.

With oils, there is no danger of damage during transit or when opening at its destination.

With a pastel drawing, however, I recommend that you take it to a reliable framing center for opening. Chalk pastels are liable to smear/smudge easily purely because of the nature of the medium.

Paying for Commissioned Art

Payments for commissioned artwork are 50% before work commences with the remainder on completion of the project. Payment will be to a UK based account, a Paypal account or via Western Union or Moneygram.

Once the deposit funds are confirmed I will be in contact to inform you when the completion date will be, then again when work is completed. 

I will e-mail a photograph of the completed work for your inspection and confirm the shipping details. 

The shipping cost will be included in the original price quoted  – once I know the destination.

Art Commission Prices

When you find an artist to commission an artwork online – the more information you provide the easier it is for the artist to quote you accurately.

My commission price is based on:

  • Medium
  • Size
  • Subject
  • Complexity (number of subjects required)

The most expensive medium is an oil on canvas. A pastel drawing on paper is middle of the range pricing. A color pencil and graphite pencil drawing are the cheapest media to choose from.

Once you have given me the information and forwarded the images (or else you can request that I do a layout for your approval using my images), I will then quote you according to your specifications.

How Do Commissioned Artworks Work Online?

The following are guidelines on how to buy art online.

Q – Can I order custom-sized paintings?
A – Most canvases come in set sizes that are manufactured by most well-known brands. However, if you are requiring a specific size and shape a frame can be made to your specifications. This will be more expensive as it is a custom piece. 

Pastels can be specified with the maximum paper size being 55 x 75 cm, as with pencil work on paper. 

Please bear in mind when giving a size to fit into a specific space on your wall, framing widths must be calculated and deducted off your painting size.

Painting Details

Q – Can I specify what medium?
A – The medium is at your discretion with the mediums available being: Oils, Chalk Pastels, Coloured Crayons on Pastel paper or Watercolour paper as well as Graphite Pencil on Pastel paper or Watercolor paper.

Q – What are the measurements quoted in?
A – All measurements are quoted in centimeters. If possible please give your measurements when specifying a size you require, in centimeters, respectively.

Q – Does the art come ready to hang?
A – No. I do not frame any artwork as it is safer and cheaper to ship rolled in a tube. The client can then have the enjoyment of choosing their own style and color scheme of framing to suit their home.

Q – How do I pay for my custom wall art?
A – Payments for commissioned artwork are 50% before work commences with the remainder on completion of the project. Payment will be to a UK based account or may be sent via Western Union or Moneygram to Zimbabwe.

Q – How long do you take to finish a commission?
A – On average, a painting can take up to 2 or 5 weeks to complete, depending on size and subject matter. On placing your order I will inform you when I can start your commission depending on prior commitments.

Shipping Information

Q – How much is shipping?
A – Shipping will vary according to where in the world the art is being shipped to. Shipping costs will be confirmed once I know the destination and will forward that information. Please note that shipping costs are NOT included in the price of the paintings.

Q – How will the drawing or painting be shipped?
A – Generally I will ship the painting or drawing rolled in a tube via a courier company that provides a tracking number.

Q – How long do I wait for delivery?
A – Once the painting is in the hands of the air freight courier the average time frame is 4 – 14 days, depending on your country’s customs regulations and destination. If the package is arriving via land or sea, the delivery period could be 3 weeks or more.

If you have any other inquiries regarding how to commission an artist online for a painting or an original drawing, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take the plunge and commission artwork today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to commission an artist?

If you really like an artist's work you simply email or phone the artist requesting them to draw, paint, or sculpt an image of your choice. It is a good idea to give details ie size, medium, and an image of what you are looking for. If an artist is open for commissions you will find their information on their website or social media feeds.

What is commissioning art?

Commissioning art is requesting an artist of your choice to create a piece of art to your requirements. Anyone can commission art including an individual, a business, or a government organisation.

How much does it cost to commission an artist?

The cost of a commission is dependant on the popularity and stature of the artist in the art community. Other factors that may influence a commission cost is the size of the painting, the medium being used, and how complicated the subject matter is. Therefore it is nearly impossible to put a generic price to an art commission.

What is a custom commission?

A custom commission is a very specific request from a client to an artist. The client is asking the artist to create a custom piece of art that is bounded by certain requirements like size, medium, and subject matter.

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