Most people think that commissioning artwork is daunting and available to only the wealthy. This is not always true!
Art commissions ensure that you get the painting or drawing that you really would like hanging on your wall. Don’t settle for something because that is all there is available.
However, you do need to know what size, medium and subject matter you want, in order to pass the information to the artist for your commissioned piece.
What Mediums Are Available For Your Art Commission?
I do family portraits, pet portraits and wildlife art from any continent, in a wide range of mediums. These include:
- Pencil Drawings
- Color Pencil Drawings
- Chalk Pastel
- Oil Paintings
If you wish to view examples of my artwork please visit my wildlife art gallery. There you will find the mediums I work in and past work.
Commissioning Artwork: How To Do Art Commissions Online
If you are wanting custom art, 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 accuracy of detail.
- The subject matter should also not be too small or in the distance 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.
Art Media or Mediums
If you would like to commission a painting – below you will find a description of the various mediums that I work in.
For leather art, generally, the client states they want an elephant charging or a leopard and allow me to paint what I think is a suitable pose, size and position. When painting on a piece of leather the size, shape and color are all unique to each individual hide.
If you would like a specific picture or layout, please forward a high-quality image or images to me via email. I will confirm if they are use-able of if I feel any layout changes are required due to the shape and size of the leather.
These paintings are all done in oils for durability and flexibility.
Oil Paintings are done on canvas. I can make canvases to client specifications. All oil paintings are shipped off the frame in a tube to their destination. Your framing agent will re-stretch the painting in preparation for your choice of frame.
Chalk pastels are done on pastel paper. There are many colors of pastel paper available, ranging from light to very dark natural tones.
Colored Crayons and Pencil Drawings
Colored crayons and graphite pencil drawings are done on the different colors of pastel paper available or white watercolor paper.
You can view my wildlife art gallery to see the various mediums I use.
Shipping will be by 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 opening at its destination.
With a pastel drawing, however, I recommend that you take it to a reliable framing center for opening, as chalk pastels are liable to smear/smudge easily.
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 or a Zimbabwe account.
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 e-mail a photograph of the completed work for your inspection and confirm shipping details. The shipping cost will be included in the original price quoted once I know the destination.
Commissioned Art Prices
When you commission an artist to create a piece of art to your specifications – the more information you provide the easier it is for the artist to quote you accurately.
The commission price is based on:
- Complexity (number of subjects required)
The most expensive media is an oil on leather, then oil on canvas with pastel on paper being middle of the range, and a color pencil and graphite pencil drawing being 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.
Commissioning Artwork: How Do Art Commissions Work?
The following are guidelines on commissioning artwork.
Q – Can I order custom-sized paintings?
A – An oil painting on canvas board may not be to the exact size you requested as canvas do come in set sizes. If you are happy to have your painting on a stretched canvas, a frame can be made to your specifications but 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. Leather work is more difficult to specify but a few options can be supplied to you with the size and shape available for your final decision.
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.
Q – Can I specify what medium?
A – The medium is at your discretion with the mediums available being: Oils, Chalk Pastels, Colored Crayons on Pastel Paper or Watercolor Paper and 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 or in a flat-pack if on a board. 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 a Zimbabwe account.
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.
Q – How much is shipping?
A – Shipping will vary according to where in the world the art is being shipped to. I will confirm shipping cost once I know the destination and forward on 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 courier the average time frame is 4 – 14 days, depending on your country’s customs regulations and destination.
If you have any other enquiries regarding how to commission a painting or an original drawing, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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