Commission: Michael (detail)
Medium: Staedtler Lumograph and Prismacolor Pencils on Acid-Free Paper.
Process: "Michael's" portrait was drawn from photographs taken by the artist. Once the photograph that captured Michael's persona best was chosen, both Michael and his mother were interviewed to collect information that was biographical and would be used to enhance the background and foreground of his portrait. Everything in this particular piece has meaning. The stamp pattern around the border, the numbers, the musical notes, the feather, the colors, the symbols, and the words all are unique to Michael. This piece took about two months to complete, as it required not only capturing his features perfectly but also incorporating all of the valuable information which had been shared about Michael, his childhood, and his aspirations. Once the piece was completed, the artist helped to pick a frame for the piece which was paid for separately by the client.
Commission Work Overview
Contract: All commissions are done under contract.
Pricing: Pricing depends on pieces(s) requested. Portraits start at $5,000 for one individual. Additional individuals in the same piece are prorated. There is a separate charge for materials.
Payment Terms: Standard protocol calls for 50% upon signing the contract, and 50% upon completion (prior to delivery). Work needs to be paid in full before it is delivered.
Timeline: The duration of the work, start to finish, will depend on the size of the work, including the medium of the work. As there is typically a waiting list, an exact timeline will be discussed and agreed upon, which will be included in the contract. For portraits, if adjustments need to be made, the deadline can be adjusted at the discretion of the artist, which will be communicated to the client.
Creative Process: Portrait commissions are created using photographs and other visual aids. If photographs need to be taken, the artist will photograph the subject and make recommendations as to which photo is the most captivating. An additional charge is required for portraits where the artist needs to produce the photographs, which will include, travel expenses, time, and development depending on which type of camera is used.
Visual References: A detailed outline of important information will also be requested to include details that might be included in the artwork, such as numbers, dates, images (birds, butterflies, etc). Depending on the subject matter, it will be at the discretion of the artist, whether the portrait is in color, pure graphite, or a mixture of both.
In-Creation Process: The artist will be sharing visual updates of the work in progress to the client on an agreed basis, typically via email. Unless specified, these images will also be shared by the artist on social media for marketing purposes.
Wrapping Up: When the artist has completed the artwork, a final image will be sent to the client for approval. Once the piece is sprayed, it CANNOT be altered. Upon completion of the work and written approval by the client of the piece, the work will be delivered (depending on location) by certified mail.
Artistic Rights: The artist reserves ALL of the artistic rights to their work, as well as the right to exhibit and post the work with the client's permission. If the client is to post the work, the artist must be credited. The piece cannot be reproduced on any platform, without the written consent of the artist