I recently recieved an e-mail from a guy out of California- said he thought my work was fantastic, and would like to know roughly how much a 24"x24" portrait would be.
I've never up to this point even thought about this kind of thing, just been studying...I'm not sure what general rates are, how I should handle this discussion, or what. Though I am kind of in need of money, so I would like to get this right the first time.
I'm wondering if I should ask for like half up front and the rest after completion? I don't want to do a bunch of work for nothing so yeah
Thanks a bunch guys
What aremhaus said.
Definitely ask for half up front and the balance on delivery. I've painted smething like 50 to 70 commissioned portraits form children's heads to full blown group portriats of 8 people, and it is absolutely standad to ask for half the money up front.
If the guy is serious he'll agree. The first stage will be a series of email/phone exchanges that establish both your legitimacy to each other. Once that is established you'll receive a cheque and things can begin.
Last edited by Chris Bennett; February 15th, 2013 at 03:17 PM. Reason: typos
From Gegarin's point of view