ART BUSINESS GUIDES

HOW TO DEAL WITH AN ART COMMISSION

Have you ever experienced tricky situations while working for a commission? Was there anything that you couldn't have done better to avoid the misunderstanding and the related stressful situations that sometimes can arise while dealing with a difficult client?⁠


Art commissions for can be an important source of extra income, so make sure you don't miss out on these opportunities by learning how to approach commission requests beforehand! ⁠


Check our latest 6 STEPS guide on how to deal with art commissions to make sure you always have positive outcomes. Also, don’t miss what you should pay attention to when writing an Art Commission Agreement! ⁠

25th February 2021 | Image Curators Advisory
1
YUOR CLIENT BECOMES YOUR PARTNER
Once you’ve accepted a commission, remember that you will be creating the work for and with them, so communication is key.

2
UNDERSTAND YOUR CLIENT'S PREFERENCES
Ask them what artwork you previously produced they like best, and ask as many questions as possible about themes, colour palette, and size.
3
BALANCE ARTISTIC INTEGRITY WITH CAREER STAGE
Be prepared to find a compromise between your artistic needs and the client’s request. If you are at the early stage of your artistic career and you can handle your requirements, don’t refuse the commission.

4
SUBMIT INITIAL DRAFTS
Submitting initials drafts and sketches will help you put your client’s ideas into paper and show them what they can expect from the commission. This will also avoid future disappointments.
5
WRITE AN AGREEMENT
Once everything is defined, make it official with a simple written agreement, and request 50% of the final price as deposit.

Make sure that you include:
  1. Details of the parties involved. Add yours and your clients personal information, including full name, address and number or a photocopy of the ID.
  2. Details of the commission. Include as much information as possible about the commission, including size, of the artwork, medium, subject matter.
  3. Clarify the time frame. State the time period or deadline that you have agreed with the collector. Remember to be flexible and take into consideration of any unforeseen circumstances that may occur.
  4. Payment Methods. State the price of the artwork, your preferred payment method, and payment deadlines. Make sure to state that you will receive 50% at the start and the remainder once the artwork has been completed.
  5. Changes. To avoid future issues, clearly state how many changes to the artwork the collector can request and when these changes can be accepted.
  6. Other standard clauses. Don’t forget to include other equally important standard clauses, such as copyright, resale terms, and governing law.
6
SHARE YOUR PROGRESS
Don’t forget to continue sharing pictures or videos of your progress until the piece is completed! This will help you keep the client informed and avoid any unpleasant reactions at the end of the collaboration!
We hope that this guide will help you with your next art commission! Remember that having things in writing is always beneficial for all parties and will save you from future headaches! ⁠

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