How does commissioning me work?
Looking to get a custom artwork but are unsure about how it all works? Or are maybe just looking to get acquainted with my process? Then read right ahead, I hope to provide you with some quick insight that will hopefully make the process more approachable.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
To start the commission process, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form in the 'Contact' section of my website.
I find it easiest to get us started swiftly when I'm provided the following (when in doubt, too much info is better than too little!):
• Type of project: one time or recurring, single illustration or multiple illustrations
• Commission type: character art, illustration, animated illustration, concept art/visual development; portrait, waist up, full body + any style specifications
• Character info:
- age (or visual age - child, teen, adult, elderly)
- race/class (if applicable)
- their personality (brief)
- optional: their backstory (brief, no more than a few sentences)
• Character visuals: descriptions and/or references of the following, if applicable (be as specific as you like, inspiration imagery encouraged):
- hair color and hairstyle
- eye color
- facial features/shapes (anything defining, for example: pointy ears, round face)
- skin tone
- any special features (scars, horns, items, tattoos, wings etc.)
- desired pose/expression (if you have one)
• Background/Scene description: if applicable; inspiration imagery encouraged
• What will you use the illustration(s) for? (just to determine if commercial use applies)
• Any specific dimensions/resolution that may apply. (particularly if intended for print)
• Any possible deadlines that may apply.
Based on the given information, I will provide a price quote and let you know of my availability. Once we are both on the same page regarding all the details, I will ask you to read my Terms of Service, and/or if applicable, provide a contract confirming our agreement as well as any potential licensing/copyright transfer. (If you are an AD or a company with a standardized contract, we can work with that too!)
At this point, I will also ask you for any remaining relevant information I need for invoicing, and invoice you for a 50% deposit to confirm your commission (this is something we arrange instantly regardless of the queue). I do most of my payments through Paypal (unless discussed/requested otherwise). Please do keep in mind that there can be transfer fees and tax fees involved as well.
After I've received the deposit, I will begin working on a sketch within the estimated timeframe and based on the information that you've provided. Once I have that ready, I will send it to you for you to comment on.
This is the best time to make changes and revisions (different hairstyle, minor outfit adjustments, changing the character's expression). Once we get into the painting
stage, it becomes harder to change things. Please also keep in mind that unless discussed otherwise, each painting comes with 3 free revisions, after which extra charges occur - so make sure to be as clear as possible in your communication throughout the entire process.
Note: more complex illustrations will likely also get a thumbnail phase before the sketch. This is a pre-sketch that allows us to plan out the composition/lighting/colors. If you have a preference for seeing more WIPs throughout the process, you can also request that in our correspondence.
When you are happy with the sketch, I will start the painting process. Once the painting is done or mostly done, I will send a small preview to you for one final inspection. If the painting is a more complex illustration, I am likely to send you an extra glimpse or two during this process.
Once you are happy with the final product, I will send the final 50% fee invoice your way. When that's paid, I will send you the full resolution of your painting for you to enjoy!