Before you email me, please check if your question is answered here. I’m always happy to help out and answer questions, but you’ll probably find the answers here or in my Blog articles already.
Also, when you email you’ll get a much better and more helpful response if the question is specific. If you ask “What tips can you give me to be successful selling my art?”, I’d have to write a book’s worth back to you to be useful at all, there’s just too much. But if you ask something like “What brand of paint do you use?” or “How can I scan my artwork well?” I’m more able to give a useful answer. I don’t know everything, but I’ll always do what I can to help.
Frequently Asked Questions (15)
The hiring process
Before beginning your artwork we will discuss via email your requirements to clarify the details, and I will give an estimated quote for the completion of the artwork. A deposit of 25% of the total commission cost is required before I start work. This is non-refundable and will cover all the work in researching and developing your concept.
I will start working on a sketch of your artwork and email a watermarked file of the sketch for approval. You can request any changes, additions, or approve the sketch to be finished. Don’t feel shy in telling me you don’t like something. It’s your commission after all. A total of 3 sketch revisions/additions can be made before extra payment is required. Sketch revisions will not be done that reflect a change of character or design to your original description without revisiting the original quote.
Once you are happy with the linework the balance of the total payment will be requested before the artwork will be completed. Once the payment is received, work will be done to complete the picture. You will be kept up to date with the progress of your painting and will be sent a file of your finished work for approval at which stage some minor changes are still allowed. Only changes suitable to the medium and artwork will be allowed at this stage, and anything deemed more than minor will incur further repaint fees. On approval of the finished artwork, the artwork will be delivered to you in your chosen way.
Medium- While I can and have worked in traditional mediums (acrylic and watercolour paint on paper being my preferred traditional medium), I am currently limited to working with digital mediums while I have an infant in the house. I can create a traditional medium artwork if desired, but there will be an additional surcharge, and it will take longer than digital work as I will only be able to work on the artwork when the child is not in the house.
Time Frame- Upon receiving your deposit I will book you into my schedule and let you know when I am likely to start on your sketch. It would be my intention to deliver a sketch within one week of receiving the deposit and a further 2-3 weeks after final payment for the artwork to be completed, depending on the size and complexity and other commitments at the time. You will be updated generally once a week on the artworks progress as it is done.
Artwork Usage Terms- Unless otherwise specified, I keep all rights to an artwork I create, including but not limited to printing rights and copyright. If you would like rights to print or sell products created with your commissioned artwork a contract must be negotiated and a usage fee paid. For any commercial use of the artwork, including such things as book covers, it is best to negotiate image usage terms before beginning the commission. You are allowed to print personal copies of your commission and post your commission on the internet without a contract. At times I may decide I would like to make and sell prints of a commissioned artwork. If you do not want my to do this with your work, or do not want your commission shown in my online galleries, please let me know. If I believe your artwork is suitable to release as a print in my range, you may receive a discount on your total commission price.Rate- My standard illustration rate is $70aud per hour. I am also a qualified graphic designer and for commissions such as book covers or anything that has both an illustrative and design component, my design rate is $50aud per hour. Limited Availability- Please note that I cannot take all commissions due to time constraints and will be selective with the commissions I choose to take on. Make yourself familiar with the style and themes of my work. I am willing to try anything, how ever, as my time is limited, I prefer to only take commissions which are suited to my style and allow me a greater amount of artistic license while creating your artwork. While I enjoy a challenge, YOUR artwork is not the time for me to be pushing my limits. I charge by the hour, and themes or subjects I’m not familiar with will take me longer to paint and I cannot guarantee the final result.
What people have said about their commissioned art by Selina
I have just received it and not even printed it out yet but what I see I think is FANTASTIC – PHENOMENAL – you are really good Morten Interruption Productions “Hadets Vanvid” Logo Wonderful! Thank you for responding so soon. I’m very pleased with the finished portrait! I knew you could do it! It’ll be great to get the prints for it, to add to the others. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Calisa! Jennifer Character portraits I will have an enormous smile on my face all day… I think this style of drawing for this kind of story would be absolutely perfect. I really am lost for words – thankyou so very much. Ryan Childrens Illustration Oh my goodness, it’s Perfect! It’s beautiful! I wouldn’t change a thing, that’s just exactly it. Even the gesture is just the thing. Thank you so much! Juliet Character Portrait That looks great! Thank you for making the changes. I look forward to seeing it in color… Wow! That turned out even better than I thought. I love the coloring. Martin Aryus Design Studio “Archer” Cover I think it is ABSOLUTELY magnificent and everything I hope for!!!!!!!!!!! Michelle Fairy Artworks Wow… she’s gorgeous! Thanks for a wonderful job. Everything’s just perfect! Micheal Character Portrait Sketch Preview: Simply outstanding…don’t change a thing! In my mind, this is exactly what I was looking for. Final Artwork: Everyone I show Matthias to is just floored by how good he looks. You have amazing ability. I am just thrilled to death. Raymond Character Portrait Wow – you are amazing! The design is so beautiful! Thanks so much, Gorgeous. You are definitely the most creative and inspiring artist i know. Emilie Logo Design