How to get a commission piece started…

When considering requests for custom commission work, first I try to get a good understanding of what the customer is looking for and make sure they have a good understanding of my style.

Next, I make a few suggestions of how I might approach the project citing images of past projects as examples. Then we start to determine size and color and detail, making lists and setting perimeters of things they do and do not like.

Sometimes we look up reference images, or I ask the customer to bring me pictures or symbols of personal significance to incorporate into the project. Once I have enough information, I can give a price quote of what the project is likely to cost based on size and level of detail and difficulty.

On larger projects, I often send updates of the progress at different stages to make sure that we are still on the same page. In some cases, I require a down payment, but more often, I collect payment upon completion of the project.

Depending on how many projects and obligations I have on my work list at the time, turnaround on commission projects can range from a few weeks to several months. In the meantime, I try to touch base periodically to assure the client that they are still on the list and I try to get to each project as soon as I can. 

If you would like to inquire about a custom piece, please email me or call so we can set up an appointment. Thank you. —Kelly Guidry

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