Commission Work

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Custom Books Hand Illustrated and Written by Maggie

About a year ago, as a Christmas gift,  I illustrated and wrote a book for my first grandchild. Of course, I then had to write one for each of the others – I still have one to do!   The Adventures of Hadley & Mim “Looking for Blue” was the first. (I am “Mim” to my… read more

My Commission Work is Not Limited to Painting on Canvas:Painting a Mural on an Outside Wall

My commission work is not limited to painting on canvas.  When I first moved back to Indiana from Southampton, New York, I was commissioned to do a mural on an outside wall. This wall would be highly visible as it was on the side of a building on the route to entering Newburgh, Indiana from… read more

The Window Well Commission Project: Part 2

I had a unique mural job this year.    Recap from Part 1:  My clients had finished their basement. The placement of the well meant that, when you came down the stairs and turned the corner, the first thing you saw was a window that looked straight into a concrete wall – the window well.… read more

Creating a Commission Painting – Step 3:Making Preliminary Drawings

 I have four basic steps to creating a commission painting. Look for former posts for Steps 1 and 2. STEP 3  I make three preliminary drawings, usually charcoal with a bit of pastel to show a little color.  I try to include various images and various perspectives.  I try to get these to the client within… read more

Creating a Commission Painting – Step 2:What determines the price of a commission painting?

 I have four basic steps to doing commission work. Find the first step in Creating a Commission Painting – Step 1 STEP 2  There are two main determinations for the price of a commission painting: size and complexity of the image. Once we have decided on these two things, I come up with a price range… read more

Creating a Commission Painting – Step 4:Painting the image

I have four basic steps to doing commission work. Look at former posts for Steps 1, 2 and 3.  STEP 4 Paint.   From here on it is just a matter of painting a first layer, showing the client, then refining and adding layers.   The Indianapolis client chose his favorite drawing/perspective, e-mailed notes and sent… read more

Creating a Commission Painting – Step 1:Communicate with the client in person or by email images

I have four basic steps to creating a commission painting.   STEP 1 I begin by discussing, via phone or email, what image(s) is in the client’s mind and what the general size of the piece needs to be.   I usually ask if there is a particular budget we are working within.   Clients who… read more

The Window Well Mural Commission Project: Part 1

Commission work is one of my favorite parts of the art business.  People have amazing ideas and visions of what they want and they just need someone to make it visible.  Usually it’s the image of a home, pet or person – maybe a vacation photo – and they want it drawn or painted onto… read more

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