COMMISSIONS a GUide to how they work
It is often difficult to judge what kind of price estimate you may recieve when submitting a proposal for a commissioned work but here is a brief overview of pricing, what to expect, and what you will recieve when ordering a custom work from Sydney M. Pertl. Because each piece directly reflects real life, whether from a sitting in her studio or from an approved photograph, pricing reflects her ability and years of education to achieve such emotive realism, as well as a baseline price for time, energy, and supplies. For example, an oil painting of the same subject as rendered in charcoal would be vastly more expensive due to the expense of the paints, which range from $7 - $24 per tube of color, versus approximately $50 for the entirety of a large scale charcoal drawing. This art is intensely specific to each commission and person; these are not reproductions of previous work, nor are they archetypal cartoon like blank templates to be filled in; this art is made for you and to your specifications, and all measures are taken to render personality, emotion, and subject as true to life.
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THE WORK
First, send an email to to submit your request, and which pieces of my work are similar to what type of work you would like to recieve. If the piece is based on a photograph, please include that as well because it allows for a more accurate price estimate. Include what size, medium(s), and colors (if applicable), as well a brief description of what this subject means to you, what purpose you would like it to serve, and why you have chosen it in particular. If there is a back story, do not hesitate to include that as well. Emotions play a huge part in my artworks, and they help fuel and inspire the creation of your piece!
Upon receiving your request, I will respond with an estimate of the price and the approximate time needed for completion, and we can certainly discuss any details or changes accordingly. I am also open to discussing payment plans, as I know all too well how much the lack of money prevents one from even considering the purchase of something they love, want, or need. Generally, half of the payment is due when securing the commission; it purchases needed supplies, and acts as a retainer fee, as it proves your committment to buy the custom work (and my time), I accept payments over paypal or cash if you are local. As soon as this payment is received, I will begin your work immediately! I can send photo updates as requested, and will send you a photo of the piece when finished just to get a final approval from you before it is carefully packed up and mailed to you per any shipping option that you would like, and shipping cost is added to the final invoce. As soon as that is recieved, your work of art will be mailed to you with a tracking number and a required signature for delivery, so that we can both track its progress to you. Upon arrival, you will have your very own, personalized and meaningful piece of artwork, straight to you from me!
Though by no means any kind of set in stone price guide, this is generally what you may expect regarding the pricing of commissioned work. using three examples referencing medium, style, and emotion, intensity, and time needed for completion.