Did you ever find yourself loving a particular artists work but need it in a different size or dimension for your home? This is where my friend, you can commission an artist. There are some things that you need to think about before you lash into any commitment. Read on.
Decide on the finished size you need. Now this will be directly relatable to price so talk to the artist/gallery and you can determine your budget. Its an unfortunate thing but size matters in art!
Subject matter. Now, is the artist creating something new for you? Or making a version of another painting you have seen? Either way, ensure you can see preparatory drawings, sketches and images throughout. And this doesn't mean you go all super stalky and request images every day, the artist has to have room to develop the work. But agree on seeing images every so often so that you are happy with the eventual outcome.
Consider framing. Are you leaving this up to the discretion of the artist? What if the painting rocks up with a shiny gold frame with glitter embossed edges?? Make it clear what your tastes are or maybe you want a clean simple unframed look. Communicate this CLEARLY to the artist/gallery.
Landscape or Portrait? Which side up? Maybe you don't care but consider this for your space that you intend to hang your precious new painting and again communicate with the artist/gallery of your preferred orientation of the painting or drawing.
Show Me The Money. It's common practice to pay 1/3 or 1/2 of the finished price upfront. This allows for purchase of materials and shows a willingness to enter into an agreement together. It's not unusual to be asked to sign a contract outlining what you've agreed on between both parties.