From concept to completion, the client and artist work together to bring an idea to reality. Whether you are commissioning a large or small, public or private sculpture, the process remains the same. These are the steps you will follow as you commission a sculpture.
1. Choosing the artist
Finding the right artist to create your sculpture is the key to owning a piece you, your family, or your organization, will enjoy and value for a lifetime. It is best to find an artist whose style reflects what you are looking for and who has experience producing sculptures of the size and material you desire.
Barbie specializes in sculptures featuring real and mythical creatures from a few inches tall to larger than life, created in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
2. Provide your artist with information
Before you approach an artist you may want to answer these questions yourself so you are able to clearly convey your expectations.
What size would you like your sculpture to be? You may provide the size in measurements, such as 3 feet tall or 5 feet long, or in relation to the object such as life sized or half-life sized. What medium would you like the final piece created in? Barbie creates sculptures using steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. What is your budget? Be honest with yourself and the artist. If your budget is tight let the artist know. He or she may be able to work with you to let you know how to decrease your costs. What is your deadline?
If possible, make available photographs of the subject to help the artist determine the level of detail needed. This will also enable the artist to give a better estimate.
3. Quote given to client
The artist will give you a quote for the final sculpture. The quote is an explanation of what the client should expect and will receive as an end product. The quote also includes the date the artist can start creating and the time needed to complete the sculpture.
Barbie's start date quote, (The day she is able to start the sculpture,) is good for 48 hours from the time the quote is sent and after that may change due to a high volume of incoming commissions.
4. Payment due & sculpting begins
After accepting the quote payment will be paid and work will begin on the sculpture at the time stated by the artist.
Barbie accepts payment by check, money order, or Paypal. Orders paid for via Paypal will incur a 3.5% fee.
6. Sculpture creation
The client receives pictures of the sculpture throughout the creation.
7. Client receives sculpture
Once the sculpture is complete the finished sculpture is shipped to the client.
If the sculpture needs to be installed, necessary artisans, craftsmen, and professional installers will be employed by the client and the client will oversee the installation process.
Now you understand the sculpture commissioning process. Please keep in mind that the process may vary slightly because each piece is unique.
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