Thursday, April 21, 2011

Art Commission Pricing

I received a note the other evening about some confusion with my character commission prices, so I thought I should put up something to clarify with a few examples. :)

Basic Commissions:
  • Basic commissions start at $25 with a $5 non-refundable downpayment. These include a 3/4 or full size image with a simple background. Full body images have a plain black, white or grey background with shadows for effect. 3/4 images may have a colored background.

* addition of animal would increase final cost - varying on difficulty.

Full Commissions:
  • Full Commissions consist of a full character image with a background that may contain props and imagery. These start at $50 with a $10 non-refundable downpayment. Backgrounds may include some landscaping, castle walls, animals and some props, but complex backgrounds that contain a great deal of plant life, complex castles and  or mountain ranges, etc. would fall into the next category.
  • Two character Basic Commission would also fall into this price range.

Complete Commissions:
  • Prices for Complete Commissions begin at $75 and increase depending on the difficulty of the image requested. These include multiple characters, complex backgrounds and the addition of complex, poseable props such as wings. A non-refundable downpayment of $20 or more (depending on the quote of the final cost) would be charged before work began. A detailed description of the image would be needed and any major changes during the course of the commission may incur further costs, depending on how far along the piece is at the time.

Group Commissions:
  • Gaming groups can request a Group Commission which consists of multiple Basic Commissions with a final Complete Commission. For a small additional fee added to each Basic Commission, the characters completed in the Basic Commissions for the group are then added to a Complete Commission. 
  • Each member of the group who contributed to the final receives both their Basic Commission print and a copy of the Complete Commission Print.
  • Additional costs would be added for any additional characters (enemies, monsters, etc), and divided between the Basic Commissioners. 
  • Group Commissions MUST be mentioned when starting the process, and a description of the final must be provided so that the cost can be divided evenly.

All Commissions include a final 8x10 print image. 
Larger prints, or additional prints carry added cost, except for Group Commissions as described above.

For any additional information about commission pricing, 
feel free to email

Important Note:  Commissions detailed above are for personal, non-commercial use only. Prices for commercial usage are similar but carry additional cost for shared copyright, or transfer of copyright as well as the signing of a simple agreement. Commercial images include book covers, web backgrounds, website character creation, etc. For further information on this, please feel free to email me at the address above.

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