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How to commission an oil painting: A guide by Master Draftsman Genya Gritchin


genya gritchin with his painting

WHAT IS AN ART COMMISSION?

Commissioning a painting is when a client connects directly with an artist to create a custom painting, rather than buying an artwork that the artist has already created. Learn how to commission an oil painting or drawing from Master Draftsman Genya Gritchin.


WHEN SHOULD YOU OPT FOR COMMISSIONING AN ARTIST?

Commissions are great options if you love the work by an artist, but need a specific size of art or would love to incorporate a particular theme or subject matter whether it be a historically referenced painting or a portrait of loved ones.


When you commission a piece of art, you collaborate directly with the artist to develop ideas for the artwork – you may have a vision in mind, a reason for commissioning art, or an intended place for the art commission, and you communicate this to the artist. The artist then creates custom art based on your preferences and indications.


THE COMMISSIONING PROCESS

The commissioning process is a simple and fairly straightforward one that I illustrate below.


1. CONTACT ME

Once you have looked over my work please go ahead and contact me via email and describe what kind of painting(s) you would like and the size. You can include photos or links to convey ideas. This initial email helps me to understand what you have in mind and decide if I can create a painting(s) that you will appreciate.


2. ESTIMATE

Afterwards, I will reply indicating my enthusiasm for your idea and will include my estimated price inclusive of all materials (prepared canvas, stretcher frame, oil paints & brushes, shipping) and time frame for completion.


3. INITIAL SKETCH

Once the estimate has been accepted I will proceed to draw a 1:1 drawing in scale of your idea which I will submit to you for your approval. Upon approval of the sketch a 50% non refundable retainer will be necessary made payable via bank transfer.


4. AGREEMENT

I will submit an artist commission agreement between us indicating the size, medium, price, shipping, time frame for completion of the painting(s) and my bank details.


5. PAINTING

Upon receiving payment I then proceed to initiate your painting and once completed will send you a photo presentation of the work for your approval.


6. APPROVAL & DRYING

Once approved, the painting will need to dry for approximately 10 days after which a light varnish will be applied and another 10 days will be needed before your painting can be rolled and shipped to you.


7. SHIPPING

My paintings are carefully rolled and packaged with extreme care and shipped via international insured express courier worldwide.

It is that easy. Should you have any questions, kindly leave a comment below or contact me here: genyagritchin@gmail.com

Thank you


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