How do commissions work?
Most commissions begin with a simple description of what you’re looking for submitted to us with our Art Request form. We then chat back and forth via phone, email, or text. Depending on the project scope, we may ask you to complete a questionnaire for a more detailed description of your commission request. Once we arrive at a general direction, size, and budget, we send you a commission summary and deposit request to initiate the commission. All commissions require a 50% non-refundable deposit; some projects require a $500 sketching fee which is then deducted from the project total upon acceptance.
Can you give me some examples of past commissions?
Visit our Projects and Custom Works & Commissions pages.
Do you send sketches?
Sketches are sent depending on the scope of the project and the degree of customization. In most cases, after receipt of your deposit the first step is a sketch or Photoshop mock-up emailed for review.
Do I get to offer feedback during the process?
Absolutely. Feedback is encouraged throughout the process, but most importantly in the beginning when you receive the initial commission summary and sketches.
How is the commission process managed?
Most commissions are managed through email.
Is there a minimum budget for commissions?
The current minimum budget is $5000. However, works in our Made to Order collections are not subject to this minimum. Please submit an Art Request for more specific pricing.
When can I expect delivery of my commissioned artwork?
The commission summary will include an estimated completion date. Commission times vary widely, from several weeks to several months, depending on the scope of the project and our schedule. Our busiest times are in the spring and fall, from early March through mid-May and early September through mid-October, but work on commissions continues throughout the year. If the commission is time sensitive, such as for an upcoming birthday or anniversary, let us know. We are quite often able to rush projects if needed.
What’s your most common type of commission?
Variations on current or past works. See Custom Works & Commissions for more examples.
Can I commission an artwork similar to a past work?
Yes, this is a common commission request and something we’re happy to discuss.
Can I commission a site-specific artwork?
Yes. These sort of commissions are best facilitated by sending us photos of the location, paint colors, fabric swatches, design boards, etc. and completing our questionnaire .
Can I commission a less expensive version of an available or sold artwork?
We may be able to create a scaled-down or simplified version of the piece. Or a print version may be an option. Send us a link to the work of interest and your budget and we’re happy to discuss.
Can I customize the prints?
Most of our prints may be printed in smaller or larger sizes. Contact us with the name of the print and desired size and we’d be happy to quote pricing.