Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Baby and Mom oil portrait

I got final approval for Sandy and Domino and while I was waiting for that email, I went ahead and drew my next one which I've quickly under painted today. A new baby and his momma, 8x10 oil. This will go to Chicago.

Hillary asked me what I meant by final approval and/my process for commissions. First, here are my 6-yr old commission prices. I haven't read it in a while but I guess since I wrote it I agree with it lol!

Anyway I divide the process in 3-4 stages. First, the client "retains" me which to me means, I save a slot in my waiting list for this client for 1/4 or 1/3 of the final fee which is based on size and how complicated the piece will be. This retainer fee is unrefundable because it means their turn is guaranteed and I possibly researched and bought materials for it already. In all likelihood, I was already painting it in my head before I finished the previous piece.

Next I draw the art and get approval for the composition and maybe the likeness too. Then I block in colors and again I get approval for the colors and the look. Somewhere there the next payment is secured. Final payment is sent when the piece is about 95% or more done.

And here is the just about done version of Sandy and Domino, I just need to paint the edges of the canvas :)

I apologize for not visiting my usual rounds. I'm on the roll and sorta don't want to break the groove ;)

8 comments:

  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Ruth

    http://www.infrared-sauna-spot.info

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  2. I love the composition of your new mom and baby portrait - it's going to be beautiful. Thank you for sharing your approval and payment process - it really helps to know some good business practices!

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  3. Your dog painting came out great!! I can't wait to see the completed work of the mom and baby.
    Your commission info is helpful. I should include mine in my website, so I don't have to explain each time, but the thing is...I don't like doing commissions. :(

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  4. Hello Ruth! Thank you for gracing my blog and letting me know you're one of my readers. I am not as diligent about my business presence or contacts so I don't really keep track of my visitors when they don't make themselves known. Thanks so much for keeping me company :)

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  5. Hillary I'm lovin' the composition of the Mommy-baby too. I totally was attracted to it among the 50-some photos I saw.

    I wonder if you could return the favor and talk about YOUR commission process and pay schedule?

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  6. Akiko most artists are not fans of commissions. But I feel bad for people who aren't able to commission you because you're excellent!

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  7. thanks for the info, schweetie! Now, hurry up and finish these commies so we can play in the paint again!

    luvs ya
    red

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Thank you for taking the time to comment ~Erika