The first time I did a commission I was a little nervous. After all it works backwards than my regular work. The customer has an expectation prior to seeing the final product.
It quickly became one of my favorite ways to work with my customers. I have hidden pictures, names, stories and marks in my commissions. I always say a painting holds your secrets...mine and yours as the viewer. When special details are included then we have a common secret and the result fills that painting with energy.
So how do you start?. First think about what size works best for you and where it will go in your home. I recommend using blue tape and trying out different sizes (20x20, 30x40, 36x48, 48x48, etc). Get a good idea for which size would work best for you. Then think about the main details: palette, subject. If you need help, send me a picture of your room and let's brainstorm together!.
Then comes the fun part....send me stories, pictures, names. This is where my heart starts jumping with excitement. As soon as I see the first details I can't sleep because I start painting in my head...planning where and how I will use your special details.
I will send you a sketch along with a sample palette. You will then approve it, sign a contract and place a deposit.
Once I'm done I will send you a picture and will only ship after you have approved it!. I have never had any customers request changes, but I am happy to work with you if anything isn't to your liking.
I hope this is helpful.