Custom Designing Artwork for Your Home or Office

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Custom Designing Artwork for Your Home or Office

Finding a work of art that is perfect for you and your home or office can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. One solution is to commission an artist to create exactly what you want. This is a very exciting and enjoyable way to become involved in the creative process, inject your own personal meaning into the artwork and thereby take some ownership of the end result. But there are some issues to consider to ensure success.

1. How do you choose the right artist to custom design your artwork?

* Word of mouth - this is the best referral system.

* Internet search - visit online galleries so you can select artists whose style you like.

* Testimonials - many artists' websites feature testimonials from previous clients. This is a good source of information as to whether the artist was easy to work with, kept the client informed of progress, produced the desired results and met budget and time constraints. 

2. After you have chosen an artist, what do you ask them to paint?

* Communicate your needs - think about the purpose of the artwork, the mood you want it to convey, preferred subject matter, predominant colour and style, size and format, the materials to be used, where the painting will be hung, size of that wall space, colour scheme of the room, style of existing décor etc.

* Sample sketches of proposed artwork - ask the artist if they will produce a sketch or quick sample painting to verify that both of you are thinking along the same lines. Any changes can easily be made at this stage before work on the painting begins.

* Listen to advice of the artist - based on their past experience, the artist can guide you as to what will work and what won't.

3. Other things to consider:

* Itemised costs in a quote - ask the artist for a quote before any work begins. Find out if a deposit will be required, if they accept instalment payments and when final payment must be made. Tell the artist if you are restricted to a particular budget.

* Framing - will you select the style of frame for the artwork yourself or would you like the artist to do this for you? The cost of framing will need to be included in the quote.

* Delivery arrangements - will you pick up the completed artwork or will the artist arrange delivery to you? Delivery costs should be included in the quote.

* Estimated time of completion - the quote should indicate roughly when the artwork will be completed. Let the artist know if there is a specific deadline for the artwork, such as if it is to be a gift for a special occasion.

© 2009 Elena Parashko

 

Elena Parashko is an artist from Australia with many years experience in custom designing artwork for corporate and private clients. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications and can be viewed on her website at www.elenaparashko.com

Elena also teaches art to children and adults from her Sydney studio and has interactive painting demonstrations available for those who cannot attend her art classes in person.

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