How Artwork Commissions Can Develop Your Enterprise

by Carolyn Edlund

Artwork commissions may be an vital earnings stream that provides versatility and collaboration to your artistic enterprise.


“Girl Lee” (commissioned portrait) oil, 30” x 40” by artist Susan Patton


Personal commissions is usually a main supply of earnings for an artist, or an occasional challenge. Some artists desire to not pursue commissions as a part of their enterprise mannequin. It’s all as much as you. Taking commissions isn’t for everybody; it requires a mindset the place the artist is happy concerning the collaborative effort concerned in producing a customized piece of artwork.

Some artwork companies are a pure match for fee work, resembling portraiture. Painters and sculptors who focus on portraits usually construct their careers utilizing this enterprise mannequin.

To achieve success with commissions, you should be keen to just accept enter out of your shopper relating to their wants and desires. And it is best to be capable to translate this right into a murals that bears your individual specific signature model.

Easy methods to achieve commissions

If a possible collector expresses an curiosity in a chunk of your work, however they need one thing a bit completely different, you might wish to begin the dialog with them a couple of particular fee to fulfill their wants.

If you wish to make commissions frequently, make this service a part of your advertising and marketing technique, and let folks know that you’re obtainable to work with them on a challenge. Create a system for taking commissions and producing them that places your buyer comfy. When your presentation is skilled, you’ll encourage confidence and enhance the possibilities of getting a contract.

The fee contract

Remember to get the fee settlement in writing. An internet search will flip up pattern contracts for artists that include phrases and clauses you’ll want to develop into accustomed to. The contract ought to be particular to the challenge together with supplies, dimension, and value. Specify whether or not framing or set up is included. A discover that the copyright belongs to the artist and isn’t conveyed ought to be within the contract. And there could also be a clause that enables the artist to borrow the work sooner or later for public exhibition, if that may be a concern.

Fee contracts include language that spells out the obligations of every celebration. Will the shopper present pictures and even supplies to be included? Will the artist report on progress, and in that case, how usually? A deadline for completion ought to be acknowledged. There could also be a payment incurred for termination of the settlement after the work has begun, and provisions made for work that’s refused upon completion.

It’s commonplace to require a deposit upon signing a fee contract. A 50% deposit earlier than work commences will not be uncommon. Some artists have a schedule of funds to be made at acknowledged occasions through the artistic course of.

Pricing artwork commissions

If in case you have a constant pricing system labored out forward of time, you’ll extra simply be capable to quote a value for a requested fee. Charging an extra payment for customized work is pretty widespread. In spite of everything, working with purchasers on a particular piece only for them requires extra time and threat for the artist. Calculate an upcharge for commissions and be constant. When you’ll be able to clearly clarify your costs to a potential buyer, its a lot simpler to return to an settlement.

Customer support

When engaged on a fee, you’ll want to keep up a correspondence through the artistic course of. Many purchasers wish to be concerned, and a murals in progress is all the time thrilling. A part of constructing robust relationships with collectors is speaking with them concerning the work you’re doing for them. When you’re engaged on a really private challenge, it offers you the chance to develop into buddies along with your clients and develop relationships that may repay in repeat and referral enterprise.

There are a number of web sites that join artists with potential clients who want to have commissioned work created for them (search for websites within the “Commissions” class in our listing.) On these platforms, the artist presents photos of their work that present their supplies, method and signature model. This can be an possibility for you in case you intend to make commissioned artwork a major a part of your studio apply.

Industrial purchasers

Commissions may additionally be created for enterprise clients. Artwork consultants, advisors or inside designers may fit intently with the shopper and the artist to coordinate a customized murals that’s excellent for a company setting. Schools could also be trying to find a sculptor or painter to honor a previous president or vital donor with a commissioned portrait. Architects might desire a personalized mural integrated right into a constructing challenge. The chances are infinite, and solely restricted to your creativeness.

Get began

If you wish to settle for commissions as a part of your studio apply, you’ll be able to maximize them by making selections first. What share of your work are you keen to do as commissions? Who’s your viewers for any such work, and why? Find a fee contract, learn it completely and regulate it to suit your wants. Create a web page in your web site for commissions that spells out the phrases, timeline, and many others. Present examples of earlier commissions with testimonials from comfortable clients. And make it straightforward to contact you for additional dialogue. Then you’ll be able to settle for commissions that suit your pursuits, creative model and schedule whereas creating memorable art work that your purchasers will love.


Artist credit score: Susan Patton


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