The artist has prepared the following F.A.Q page to answer any basic questions you might have regarding the process of commissioning a portrait:
What am i actually buying?
You are purchasing a one-off piece of mixed-media original art, which will be finished in oils on high-quality canvas. There are numerous canvas sizes and aspects available, which affect how much the artist fees will be.
What's the best way to contact Daniel about a commision?
The best way is to continue reading this page, then go to the ‘How to order’ page and follow the instructions. Upon sending the simple inquiry form, Daniel will respond to you within 48 hours.
What happens after Daniel contacts me?
IF YOU LIVE IN SYDNEY, Daniel will make a time and date to come out to you. At that time, the artist will show you samples of his work, and meet the sitter. Daniel will suggest ideas for the portrait depending on the sitter and/or environment, or can give you suggestions based on any ideas, or special requirements you have. This is the fun part, because it's the most interactive and creative part of the portrait painting process.
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SYDNEY, then Daniel may need to make travel arrangements so this part of the process may take longer.
So after I've meet Daniel, what then?
Daniel will email you a quote and simple contract. Normally, a 50% deposit will need to be paid upon acceptance of the quote. The remaining balance is payable when the painting is finished. Daniel will then personally deliver the completed painting to you if you live within Sydney, or post it via courier if you live outside of Sydney.
I'm happy with the Artist Fees, so what now?
Daniel will set up a time to come back and take digital photos of the sitter. This process takes about an hour, depending on light and weather, and any special requirements you have requested (such as the theme).
What do you mean by ‘Theme’?
Daniel’s previous work has included seasonal (summer, winter) themes, and victorian style themes. The theme for the portrait can be decided between yourself and the artist at the initial meeting. You don’t have to choose a theme, and Daniel is comfortable painting more traditional portraits. It’s totally up to the sitter and their particular tastes.
How much does the photography cost?
Nothing. Daniel's work process means that it's essential he take his own photos, so it's included in the quoted price.
Does Daniel work from life?
He can. In fact, he prefers to. However Daniel understands that your time is precious, so can work just from the photos that he takes. If you are happy to do a sitting, then the artist maybe make plans to come back for a short two hour sitting to finish the painting.
How long does it take to do a portrait?
It depends on the complexity of the painting and how busy the artist is. However, Daniel works initially in digital so the whole process takes alot less time that doing a traditional Alla-prima (all in one sitting) portrait, so some portraits can be finished in a month. As a general guide though, most portraits are delivered within eight weeks of the deposit being paid, but please check with Daniel first if you need one at short notice, particularly towards Christmas (Daniel has turned around paintings in a week). You will be advised of the expected delivery date with your quote, which can then be negotiated if it's urgent.
What if I don't decide what I want straight away?
Many of Daniel's customers like to take their time on what's an important decision. So that's fine with him. After all, you will be looking at the painting for a long time and he wants you to be happy!
Will the painting be framed?
No. Framing of the painting is a very personal choice and dependant on size of the canvas, where the painting will be hung etc. so Daniel feels this is better left to yourself and any good local framer. However, Daniel can provide quotes if you really want it framed when he delivers the final portrait.
If you have any questions not covered on this F.A.Q page, feel free to contact the artist on the contact link above. Otherwise, please continue to the next page to make an inquiry.