Whether you need an illustrator for a book you are publishing, or an app you are developing, or just someone to draw a picture of your grandmother to hang over your fireplace, commissioning the right artist is important to getting your money’s worth so you and the artist will be satisfied at the end of the transaction.
Choosing A Type Of Artist
Decide on the kind of artist you will need to commission.
The wrong decision will just lead to difficulties later on. For example, if your nephew is a cartoonist in high school, you can certainly expect him to be able to draw a portrait of your deceased mother for a low price- but if he doesn’t have the skills to create a realistic, sentimental portrait, you’ll come to realize that you have only commissioned him to help him out solely because he is family, but you might not get the results you want. In this case, you would be better off finding a more appropriate project for him, such as a customized picture book for your daughter. Graphic designers are best for digital art such as mobile phone applications. A portrait painter can create the best memorial or sentimental keepsake.
Finding An Artist
Finding the artist can be tricky, but with the internet, all but impossible. Many artists post their portfolios on websites or Facebook, so you can easily assess their skills. You can easily contact them for a quote, and you may even be able to negotiate a price. Be sure to include any extra services that you might require, such as custom framing. Portrait artists will need a clear photograph to refer to, so be sure to have one handy.
Following through the transaction.
Most artists will expect you to pay at least some of the final value before they begin the work. However, it is ideal that insist upon withholding part of the payment until the work is received. If you have multiple pieces of work that needs to be done, request them one at a time to build trust, until you know the artist can create adequate work.
Be as specific as you can and always thank your artist for a job well done.