View Full Version : Pricing question

08-21-2017, 01:19 AM
Hello, I don't know really where to post this question. If it is in the wrong area, please feel free to redirect me. I work mainly with pastels, so I thought I would try here. I have been asked to do my first commission piece on two dogs. That is not the hard part for me, I feel confident in my abilities especially with animals. What I need some help with is pricing, and do I give the owner the original? My gut tells me the original goes to the buyer. With pricing do I go with my normal price for an original painting? Or a little more? I would greatly appreciate your help.

water girl
08-21-2017, 01:21 PM
Congratulations! That is good news. Since this is your first time, yes, I would charge your usual price. That will give you a base line for your next commission. Also, think about how you will transfer the painting to them. If that is the case, come back for suggestions. I assuming the "original" is your painting. They get the painting, but I believe you retain the rights to the image and can make prints.

08-21-2017, 01:31 PM
Whatever you decide to do as far as pricing goes, who owns the copyright, who owns the original, deposits, approval stages, reproduction rights, etc., write it ALL down and get a signature on the contract so there won't be any doubt later as to how it is supposed to play out. If they are a relative or good friend, the contract is even more important in my opinion.

Most artists will charge more for a commissioned piece than something they painted to offer for sale to the public but it doesn't have to be that way.

A Google of Art Commission Contract (https://www.google.com/search?q=art+commission+contract&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwi7K33ejVAhXJCcAKHcqwADoQvwUIJSgA&biw=1440&bih=656) would be advisable.

These two from that search look to be simple but cover the main aspects. You would of course modify them to fit your needs.



It is totally up to you two as to whether you give the buyer the original or a print. Logically the price would be significantly lower for a print. For most commissioned pieces the patron receives the original painting but the artist retains the copyright. I am doing a commission right now where the patron can't afford to pay for the original but really wants a painting of their chosen subject matter, so I am going to keep the original to sell myself and will provide them with a high quality print at a fraction of the cost of the original. This probably wouldn't work for you if their chosen subject matter is not something that would have a good chance of selling to someone else besides them - but you never know who might like a painting of someone else's kid, mom, house, horse, car or cat!

08-21-2017, 03:33 PM
Thank you water girl and contumacious for your advice. I greatly appreciate it and taking the time to answer my question. I didn't even think about a contract! Perfect.

08-21-2017, 05:05 PM
You are welcome. I hope the whole process goes smoothly and you both end up happy with how it works out.

Moises Menendez
08-21-2017, 07:09 PM
Are you asking how much money would you charge?