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How to Commission an Artwork

If you are looking for a piece of art, but haven’t found that perfect piece yet, then commissioning an artwork may be just what you need! This is also a great option if you come across a piece of art from your favourite artist that has already sold and you want something similar.

The benefit of having an artwork commissioned is you can request a specific size, orientation and colour palette that will suit your space perfectly!

Here is a step by step guide to the art commissioning process and some things you may want to consider before deciding to commission a piece of art.

1. Research- Find an Artist you love

Hopefully, you already have an artist in mind, if not you will need to spend a lot of time scouring Instagram, Pinterest, local and online art galleries and discovering your local talent. Have a look at the artist's website to get familiar with their work, style, and pricing. Oh, and please don’t ask an artist to copy someone else’s style or produce work in a completely different style to what they usually create. This will only end up in disaster and frustration for both parties!

2. Size, Colours & Timeframe

Think about the space the commissioned art is going to fill and the scale of the artwork you require. Also, consider what colours you want to be included and if there are any colours you want to be left out. If you have a few previous examples of pieces from the artist's website that you like, have them on hand to help the artist get an idea of what you’re looking for. Also consider when you need the artwork completed, as it may be that the artist cannot accommodate your expected time frame for completion.

3. Contact the Artist

Now that you have an idea of what you are looking for, it is time to make contact with the artist to see if they are open to commissions. This is a good chance to give a summary of what you are looking for and some examples or reference pieces if you have any.

4. Finalise Details and Quote

Once the artist confirms they are happy to take on a commission, it is time to discuss and fine-tune the details, your expectations, timeframes and to obtain a quote. Artists will often expect a 30-50% non-refundable deposit to be paid before any work will commence, to cover the cost of materials.

5. Create the Art Commission & Revise

Now the artist will get to work creating your masterpiece!


Depending on the techniques and style of artwork, the artist should be able to give you some progress photos along the way or as the piece approaches completion, just to ensure things are on track. At this stage, it is your chance to make revisions and any final changes. Revisions are a normal part of the process, so don’t be afraid to speak up if there is anything you’re not happy with. However, don’t expect endless changes and revisions if you keep changing your mind! Some artists will include a set number of revisions in their quoting and pricing.

6. Final Payment and Delivery

You have approved the final artwork – Congratulations!

Now it is time to make your final payment and the artist can arrange delivery. If you are happy with your commissioned artwork, make sure you show it off to your family and friends and give the artist a positive review! I’m sure they would also appreciate a picture of it hanging proudly in its new home too.

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