What does it cost to commission an artwork?

Generally, commissioned pieces are priced higher than those in the artist’s portfolio, because of the additional time and effort to consult with all parties, and create a specific artwork. There are no surprises and the terms and conditions enumerate the details clearly.


Is there a minimum charge for a commission?

Yes. Typically commissions run 2-3 times the normal rate of an artwork in an artist’s current portfolio. Design by Authority has a minimum charge of $2,000 for a 26×30” artwork. Depending on the size, substrate, hand-touching and any other additional features, the pricing will increase.


Will the artist work from my photograph?

Not typically. Design by Authority will determine their own source material for the creative design. You will be involved in the development of the idea by completing the intake form, and you will have the opportunity to influence the direction of the final artwork.


How long does it take to commission an artwork?

The time varies, depending on the size, substrate, hand-touching and any other additional features, and the details of the piece, and the artist’s own schedule. Typically you should count on 3 – 8 weeks for completion, however it may be longer depending on the artist’s schedule.


How is payment handled for a commissioned  artwork?

Design by Authority secures a 50% non-refundable deposit on any major credit card before the artist begins the work. The remaining balance is due upon completion, and prior to delivery of the piece to your residence or business. Home delivery and installation in the local areas of our venue partnership can be arranged.


Will the artist duplicate an existing piece of their portfolio?

Yes to some extent, however keep in mind that artists desire to maintain the integrity of the unique quality of each original piece they create. When dealing with original artworks there are NEVER exact duplicates, however an artist may mirror the concept, colors and subject matter in a similar artwork.


What is the Design fee?

There is no design fee


What is the process after a deposit is paid?

The commission will be placed on the calendar for an agreed upon completion date, and the design process will commence.