By commissioning the artist you are hiring the artist to create an artwork, based on your specific request. There are many reasons why people commission artworks. Sometimes, the piece they really like is too large or too expensive. In that case, a client is likely to request a smaller or more affordable piece.
Other times, a client needs an artwork in a different color than the original. Interior designers may commission art that fits in the color scheme of their project, while corporate clients might want to “brand” the piece with corporate colors, to complement their visual identity. Whatever the reason, commissions are very common in the art world, and artist Amalia Maciuca (AmaliArt) will be more than happy to create a piece according to the client’s desires.
We know that commissioning art can be intimidating, especially for the first-time buyer. That’s why, we’ve put up some information below that easily explains the whole process.
Where to Start?
When commissioning an artwork first you have to decide whether you want an art piece that’s based on another artwork or a completely different piece. For instance, some clients want a piece they can’t afford and will ask for the same imagery, but in a different size. Artist Amalia Maciuca will be happy to remake the artwork, even if the exact copy is impossible due to technique or style. Other times, people want a more personalized art piece, for example, a portrait of themselves, a family member, a landscape, or something else that carries a personal meaning.
If you are not sure about what you want, you can easily get in contact with the artist Amalia Maciuca (AmaliArt) to decide what kind of art piece suits your needs. You might also go through the artist’s portfolio, to help clarify the ideas. Once you pick the subject matter, you’ll be asked to sign a written contract. Having a written contract containing the details of the commission is important to make sure everyone sticks to their part of the deal.
What are the Elements of our Commission Contract?
Every commission contract should include:
The description of the project:
The contract should start with a loose description of everything you verbally/written agreed on (the size, colors, materials, subject matter, and other details of the composition).
Artist Amalia Maciuca (AmaliArt) will request a 50:50 payment structure, requiring you to pay 50% upfront and the rest when the artwork is finished. Paying in advance is important, as it allows the artist to purchase materials, and cover her initial expenses. In order to elaborate on the price, the artist will list the prices of other pieces, as a point of reference.
This is where the artist will detail her requirements. For example, if you want a portrait of your dog, the artist will ask you to send several clear images of the pet. Also, this is the part where you arrange how often you’ll receive visual updates, (drafts, progress photos, etc.) and in what form (usually high-resolution images are great for two-dimensional works like paintings and drawings).
It’s important to mention that even when you purchase a piece, artist Amalia Maciuca (AmaliArt) still retains legal rights to it. The artist will want to include an image of the artwork in her portfolio and website. Sometimes, the artist may ask to borrow the art piece for an exhibition. If there’s a reason why you don’t want the art piece to be featured on the artist’s website (for example because it’s a very private portrait of your loved one or a portrait of your house) make sure to state that in the contract.
Now that you have an artwork completed, you will get it delivered. It is important to explore shipping options and ensure that the artwork you ordered arrives safely on its location. In this part of the contract, the artist will be more than happy to take care of all shipping arrangements. If you are ordering an art piece from another country, you will likely have to pay taxes, customs charges, import duty, and VAT, which may increase the price of the commission.
The timeline should contain time estimates for every part of the creation process. It will include a payment schedule, deadlines for drafts and compositional previews, (and their approval), and the time needed to complete and deliver the work.
AmaliArt is Open for Commissions
Artist Amalia Maciuca (AmaliArt) is open to the idea, so don’t be afraid to ask for a quote. Commissioning art is a great way to get more affordable art pieces, personalize your collection, or acquire artworks that complement your living space. It is a very personal process for everyone involved and can require a lot of work. But the effort will pay off at the end when you receive a one-of-a-kind art piece, tailor-made for your collection.