The Five Stages of an Art Commission

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Choosing to purchase a private art commission is a very exciting decision, it means you are buying a piece that is uniquely yours and is designed exactly to your taste and aesthetic. It also means you get the chance to work collaboratively with the artist, and feel involved in the making process, even if you are lacking in artistic skills yourself.

When embarking on an art commission journey, these are the steps you will usually go through.

  • Meet and Greet

Often, but not always, the artist will want to meet you, whether that is in person or virtually, to make sure you are both a right fit for each other and that your visions will align. You may already have an exact idea of what you want your art commission to look like, and if so, this is your chance to get your idea across. If you aren’t 100% certain then this is your opportunity to talk through your ideas with the artist and get advice from them.

  • Contract and deposit

This is the nitty gritty bit, it means you and the artist can outline the ownership rights and agree on the details such as date of completion, delivery arrangements and price. You will then need to pay a deposit before the artist starts on your commission.

  • Rough Sketch

Depending what form your art commission is in, the artist may do a rough sketch or mock-up o

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f your piece. This mini version gives you an idea of what you can expect from the final product, and also means you can alter any details that you aren’t keen on.

  • Production

This is where your art commission starts to come together, the artist will work on painting, making, creating your final piece of work.

  • Delivery

Once completed, your art commission will be delivered to yourself or to a studio if you have opted for this option. Your artist may use this time to talk you through any details of the piece, and make sure you are 100% happy with it.

  • Follow up

Your artist may follow up with you some time later, once your new piece of art has been in your possession for a short time, to check how the piece is settling in with its new family.


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