The following are general steps for a commissioned sculpture. This is an overall guide of what to expect. As not all commissions are the same scope, there may be variations of the process that will need to be agreed-upon by both the collector and the artist.
- Collector and artist first discuss the project in person or over the telephone to review and discuss the collectors needs and vision and/or photos, drawings, or other visuals.
- If the sculpture is for a specific area, that area will need to be measured and photographed for the artist’s reference. If the collector lives close enough for an in-person visit, the artist will take the measurements and photos himself.
- Artist goes over pricing and deadlines
- Artist writes up a commission agreement and sends to collector for review
- The total cost of the commissioned piece will include taxes and shipping. The cost will be divided into two parts, a first payment and a second payment. The first payment of 50% is due before any art work begins or materials are purchased. The second payment is received before shipping, pick up, or delivery.
- If all is agreeable, the agreement is signed by both parties and both parties receive a copy.
- Artist supplies collector either rough drawings or rough mock-ups of the artistic concept for collector’s review.
- During the development of the sculpture, the artist will supply the collector with emails with photos attached of the sculpture in process on days the sculpture is being worked on.
- Once the sculpture is very near completion, the collector is encouraged to inspect it in person. If not, the artist will supply the collector with a detailed inspection video.
- At the completion of the sculpture, the artist will require the second payment before delivery or shipping or at pickup.
- If the budget and distance are compatible, the artist will deliver the sculpture personally and set it up if necessary.
- Note: The more specific elements in the process will be covered in the agreement provided by the artist.