Commissioning a representational artwork from an artist is always a bit of a gamble as any artist will place his, or her, own interpretation on the subject and render it as well as their ability allows. You might not like the result.
To ease this dilemma I offer the following understanding favourable to you, the commissioner:
I have had one work refused in 30 years.)
|| My main field is marine art supported by an
extensive knowledge of maritime history and technology. Given the
information, I can represent in oil or watercolour any vessel in any
situation. I also have done considerable work illustrating
harbour and waterfront scenes with the associated buildings and other
features. Aircraft and landscape are also within my competence.
||To arrange a commission I will discuss with
you your requirements, which can be specific or flexible to the extent
of leaving the entire composition up to me.
Photos or illustrations of your subject
are very helpful but not always necessary as I have a considerable
resource library and access to other sources of information.
||Commissioning work directly through an artist is
expensive than buying, or commissioning, through a gallery. The
minimum commission on artwork from a gallery is around 30% and some
more up-market galleries can apply commissions of up to 60%.
My charges are dependent on the medium, to a certain extent the size, the complexity and the time required to research the subject. Generally:
Oils cost more than watercolour.
Smaller oils and watercolours cost less than large ones.
Cost is also a factor when shipping oils or framed watercolours which have to be crated. (see shipping).
A range of sample charges is set out below:
Watercolour: (normally Archers 300gm cold-press paper.)
Sizes are approximate to allow for cropping as required.
Oils: Canvas on spreader or board. Canvas will cost marginally more but allows larger sizes. The largest board size is (1000 X 800)mm (39.5 X 31.5)ins.
*Oils smaller than this will be
about the same price.
PORTRAITS. These are small watercolours of ships I do at a
moderate fixed price. For more information see link.
||Watercolours can be shipped in a
cylinder at relatively little cost. For example, the reproduction
of the H.M.S."Worcester" costs about $12NZ (5.50 EURO
or $8US) to pack and post to the
U.K. Oils have to be crated and preferably sent courier post with
an all up cost for an (800 X 600)mm oil-on-board of about $300 (150 EURO or $186US) to the U.K.
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