Will you draw a portrait of my animal friend?
Yes, I offer commissions for that here. All species are welcome.
Will you draw a picture of my car or truck?
Yes, I offer commissions for that here. Cars and trucks older than 1985 only.
Will you draw my house, boat, office building, or something else?
Probably... the pricing would start at $450. I would be happy to look at your reference photo and let you know if it is something I can do and how much it would cost.
How much do commissions cost and how did you come up with the pricing system?
I hand draw my art with a stylus pen, but unlike a canvas, the computer allows me to draw in one size but offer prints in multiple sizes. So, to pay me for my time and to charge you fairly for the size print you want, I came up with the plan to charge a "sitting" or "drawing" fee, which is a flat fee for the origination of the piece of art. After that you can purchase whatever size and material of print you would like and you get a 30% discount.
For Animals the sitting fee is $90 for artwork that will also be available to the public (see below for private artwork).
Price List for animals portraits- this is to give you a sense of the total cost of your project:
12"x12" - $121.50 total- print on metallic paper (unframed) is $31.50 (after 30% off) plus the $90 origination fee
16"x16" - $139 total- print on metallic paper (unframed) is $49 (after 30% off) plus the $90 origination fee
20"x20" - $174 total- print on metallic paper (unframed) is $84 (after 30% off) plus the $90 origination fee
16"x16" - $335 total- print on metal ready to hang is $245 (after 30% off) plus the $90 origination fee
20"x20" - $440 total- print on metal ready to hang is $350 (after 30% off) plus the $90 origination fee
20"x20" frame size- print 16"x16" - $363 total- print on metallic paper, white matt, black frame, ready to hang is $294 (after 30% off) plus the $90 origination fee
Personal Limited Edition- $250 sitting fee, this option is perfect if you don't want prints to be available to the public- the prints will be available to you only. The 30% off applies the same as above for any prints you want to purchase.
For cars and trucks the sitting fee is $200 for artwork that will also be available to the public.
Price List for Cars and Trucks (older than 1985 only) this is to give you a sense of the total cost of your project:
8"x12" - $228 total- print on metallic paper (unframed) is $28 (after 30% off) plus the $200 origination fee
12"x18" - $242 total- print on metallic paper (unframed) is $42 (after 30% off) plus the $200 origination fee
24"x36" - $312 total- print on metallic paper (unframed) is $112 (after 30% off) plus the $200 origination fee
16"x20" Frame size (12"x18" print on metallic paper)- 462.50 total- is $262.50 (after 30% off) plus the $200 origination feeprint on metallic paper, white matt, black frame, ready to hang
20"x30" - $655 total- print on metal ready to hang is $455 (after 30% off) plus the $200 origination fee
24"x36" - $865 total- print on metal ready to hang is $665 (after 30% off) plus the $200 origination fee
Personal Limited Edition- $450 sitting fee This option is perfect if you want a highly personalized piece of art, such as your car in front of your house. We can include details like your dog in the window, etc. Also the option to choose if you don't want prints to be available to the public. The 30% off applies the same as above for any prints you want to purchase.
Do I get to choose the background?
For pet portraits, I draw the pet then experiment with a few colors seeing what I think complements the portrait best. If you have some color requests I am open-minded to your suggestions. Ultimately it is best to go with what looks nicest artistically rather than a per determined color.
For the cars, I am open to your suggestions and requests if you have opted for the $200 sitting fee, but we need to agree on a background that works with my Great American Road Trip. If you have opted for the $450 sitting fee you get to choose your exact background and it can be personal (like your house).
Can my facebook friends or other people also get 30% off of my commissioned piece?
No, the discount code I give you is only for you.
What are the steps involved in a commission?
2) Email me (dacpublishing (at) gmail.com) a photo that you would like me to use as reference for the drawing. It is important to have a very good quality photo where I can clearly see the details of the animal's eyes or the chrome of the car. You can send a few photos if you want my input. Sometimes I ask for extra photos to get a sense of color or personality.
3) I will send you a digital proof of the drawing and you can request changes if needed.
4) After we agree that the artwork is complete I will add it to the website and send you a discount code so you can purchase prints. (If the artwork is private we will arrange ordering the print over email.)
How long will it take?
Cars take about one week to draw and animals take a couple of days. I will start commissions in the order that they come in. Sometimes I have several commissions in line so it could be weeks before yours is started. The prints take 1-2 weeks to order and arrive. Please contact me for scheduling questions.
What if I don't like the artwork?
Before you purchase a commission it is a good idea to look at my other work. Make sure you like my style of drawing. Notice that I use a lot of colors and patterns. While I do draw accurate representations of animals and cars, those representations are highly stylized and not exact in color (I like to play with extra colors a little bit). If you love my style then I am confident that you will love your custom piece. When you receive the digital proof if you have concerns we can address them, and make small tweaks to the artwork.
How do you create your artwork?
I use the photo you send me as a reference, but the photo is not in the final work of art- this is not a "Photoshopped" picture. I created my own technique for designing repeating patterns and saving them. Then with a stylus pen I hand draw the image using my saved patterns as the "paint".
Which kind of print should I order and why are the prices so varied?
My prices for prints are based on a simple markup from the cost that I am charged by the printer. You can definitely save money by purchasing metallic paper prints and separately purchasing a frame on your own. I offer one framed option for people who want the convenience of one stop shopping or want to purchase a gift with ease.
The prints on metal are more expensive but they are ready to hang, so you don't have to purchase a frame. The metal has a very modern look and is quite stunning. It has a flush mount frame- dark pewter edges.
The metallic paper prints have a beautiful shine and when matted and framed have a bit more traditional look.
Can I have a high resolution file and print my own prints, mugs, cards, etc?
No, in order for me to be a thriving artist (rather than a starving artist) I need to be paid for my work. If you would like special prints- such as mugs for your entire club or Christmas cards, I would be happy to give you a quote for the prints. I will charge a small markup and product creation fee.
I do not give up my copyrights on my artwork, but if you are a company interested in a licencing deal we can discuss that too.
Why are the animal prints offered in square sizes and the cars in mostly rectangular sizes? Are the Print sizes standard?
All of my print sizes are standard. You will be able to find frames for the art. For example this website has lots of options. You can also go to your local frame shop for assistance.
Aesthetically I generally find the animal faces look nice square and the cars at a 2:3 ratio. If you send in a photo and I think another ratio would be better I will consult with you before proceeding with the drawing.