Well I haven't uploaded any art in a while, but I haven't dropped off the planet either!
I've been working on some commissions (which I will upload when they are totally done and received and hopefully adored by their new owners).
So I figured it might be a good time to mention that, yes, I do commissions sometimes. I'm booked for the next while, but I'll probably open the queue again after Spring of 2010. Serious inquiries are welcome anytime (as long as you don't need it done before next spring).
I'll post the info from the FAQ on my website
. This is subject to change; please check that FAQ
for the latest info. "Do you take commissions?"
Do you have an idea for an original piece, and you like my style? I am sometimes available to do commissions, if my schedule and current workload permit. (I do not generally do portraiture or illustration; I specialize in small sculptures.) Please note that I will not exactly duplicate a one-of-a-kind piece. However, I may be able to create something similar to a piece you see in my gallery. If you have an idea for a piece you'd like an estimate on, please contact me
To best communicate a commission idea, please consider the following when explaining your idea:What would you like?
How would you describe the physical traits and personality (or animal-ity) of the character?
What size do you have in mind?
Are you thinking of a specific pose?
Will you want it painted in full color?What level of artistic liberty are you comfortable with?
Are you expecting, for example, a howling wolf... or a howling wolf with midnight-blue fur tipped with silver, a ragged scar across his right eye, and missing the tip of his left ear?
The less exact you are about a piece, the more fun it will be for me to design it, and more of my artistic style with come through -- but the less it may end up looking like what you had in mind.Do you have a timeline in mind?
Is this piece a gift which requires a specific date of delivery?
If there is a deadline, it needs to be clear as crystal from the beginning."What do you charge for commissions?"
Of course that depends greatly on what is involved, but I can give you a ballpark idea. Commission prices for one-of-a-kind pieces related to my current series are as follows (subject to change):
* Dragon Snails: $80 and up
* Scions of Legend (Unicorns): $325 and up
* Fairy Dragons: $375 and up
* Hlarim (Furry Fae): $425 and up
The "and up" factor depends on specifications such as pose, colors, size, time restrictions, etc. Prices for commissioned pieces unrelated to my sculpture series will vary. Please email me for details.
Before starting a commission piece, I generally require a nonrefundable deposit of half the total. The other half is due upon completion and before delivery. (I will send photos of the finished piece.)
This isn't in my official FAQ, but... the more fun your idea seems to me, and the more it excites my Muse, the more likely I am to agree to a commission! I don't say yes to everything.
I'm curious... How do you all deal with commissions? What do you like best/least about them? What helps you decide whether or not to take them? What are some of the problems or joys you've had doing commissions?