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    Oil Portraits Commission Pricing

    I've been looking the last two weeks for some idea on how to charge my first commission. I haven't really been able to find anything and I wanted to tap some of you that have some experience in pricing these kind of jobs. Take into account this is my first time doing a commision, I'm doing two oil portraits for a family and I am just confused as all out on the pricing. Any help or steering in the right direction would be appreciated. I just need some basis to stand on and I can probably go from there.


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    the easiest way to do it....figure out how long it will take...then figure out your cost of living during that time...and tack on twenty percent.


    portraits can go from the hundreds to the tens of thousands....it comes down to how much you think they can spend...and how much you need to actually do it.


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    Thanks Jason, it's appreciated. That makes sense on a good basis to start from.

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    Doesn't your skill have something to do with it?

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    You might also visit local art galleries to see the average prices of artwork that is somewhat relateable (figurative, oil on canvas, similiar size) it can at least give you
    a frame of reference.

    I always find personal commissions like portraits a bit scary to price.
    It's hard to get into the clients mind to figure out what they are looking for and how
    they percieve themselves and their family. And it can often be difficult for them to
    express what they want.

    Sometimes this can result in a lot of extra time spent refining rough sketches and changes to the artwork. You might want to build that into the price or define with
    the client extra cost for changes over a certain limit.

    W. Hand

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