Submitted by STintern1 on Wed, Feb 22nd at 8:07 pm
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Courtesy of the Practical Art World
Many artists, ranging from emerging or amateur artists all the way to fully established professionals, create commissioned works for clients. The idea of a commission is that the purchaser has some input into the finished work that they are buying. This can range from vague direction or discussion all the way to specific agreed upon terms for colors, subject matter, materials used, size, etc. It is up to each artist to decide how much input or direction they will accept from a client and how much they prefer to decide for themselves.
Whatever your artistic boundaries are for commissioned works, you should always create a written contract or commission agreement outlining your own stipulations. I have listed some common examples below. Having a written contract signed by both parties is meant to:
eliminate any surprises for both the client and artist (everything is agreed upon in advance) and
protect your interests and the interests of the client