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Commissioning Art: 5 easy steps

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

Owning original artwork is more than just decoration; it inspires us to look at the world in a different way. Something handmade, unlike reproductions and mass-produced work, intrinsically feels and touches us differently. When I was selling my home, I could see the people coming and going through my camera... it was very special to see them stopping and reflecting often touching the work... I can promise you posters don't evoke that sort of emotions.


1. Choose an artist WISELY – Check their refund policy, learn how the process works, look for clearly listed prices and a safe checkout process.

2. Deposit- Most likely you will have to leave 50% or close to it for the artist to purchase supplies and get down to business. No one wants to work for free.

2. Find an artist to commission that matches your needs – Choose an artist whose style is similar to what you had in mind for your original artwork. Selecting an artist out of their style or media zone may not give you the results you're looking for.

3. Get a a draft and openly give feedback – Don't shy away from getting what you want but at the same time, allow the artist to follow their instincts and you'll get amazing results.

5. Pick-up / Delivery- However you make arrangements with your artist I would get a final picture and double check it and make sure it's up to your standards. I usually send a photo via text before delivery to be sure. Send the rest of the payment, hang it, and spread the word about your new art and the experience!


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