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Creating a custom artwork for customers is something that will make you feel amazing and it also gives a rewarding experience.

For many artists, this is usually an opportunity to take and turn someone’s dreams into visual reality with your piece of art. It doesn’t matter why the customer need the art work done.

Perhaps it is supposed to be a gift to be given to someone or maybe the client just want to scan and change it to some holiday card or, it is meant to be framed and hung somewhere in the house.

All in all, this will make you feel some sense of accomplishment after the work is delivered. Most artists will often take pride in creating unique art pieces for their clients.

However, if this is the first time dealing with a client, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind before you sell your piece of art.

  1. Charges

It is important to know what you will charge for your art work. Well, at least you should know what your talent and time is worth.

Anyway, even if you are not sure what your work should go for, just don’t undersell yourself. Clients will always value a piece of art according to the amount they spend on it.

This is why it is important that you put a price on your art work. There is always a very wide range of prices that you can consider.

When given as a gift, it becomes priceless but if you decide to place a price on it, make sure you do it right. This is what makes the client to value your work.

  1. Skill level

Assess yourself and find out if your level of skill is worth the price set for the art work. Well, for the beginners, you shouldn’t be setting expensive or high prices like someone who has been in the industry for long.

You can charge higher prices only with a sought after skill level. Some artist usually get disappointed just because they set expensive prices for their piece of work and then end up being reject by the clients.

Charge only for what you can deliver. You need to be able to show the clients some samples of your previous work first and let them assess your skills.

  1. Get commission in writing

This is also an important tip if you are looking to sell your art work. Make sure you will be getting your commission through writing so as to protect yourself.

Many artists have been hurt before and trust me, it is not a very good experience. Some client might want to change the price you both agreed on while some won’t even pay you.

This is why you should make sure that you agree with your client legally in writing. You need to be very specific on the requirements of your client and the work you plan on doing. This will help you to avoid any surprises in future.

  1. Ask for deposit

Well, not everybody will always like your artwork. This is okay as it is part of this business.

Some clients even go as far canceling the project after you have invested so much time and work on it. And this always leads to getting no payment.

This is the main reason why you should always ask for a deposit first. At least you will still get something for the time you put on the work if the client decides to cancel the project. You also get to keep your piece of work.

  1. Signed contracts

When you are preparing to sell your work, make sure the contract is signed. It is also an important tip to notarize your contracts.

A contract with both your signature and your client’s plus a date is a legal contract. Well, that might be a small paper but it will carry all the wait of your business.

You should also make sure you produce two copies and give one to your client. This will act as a receipt.

  1. Advice

In this business, just like any other, you should also look to get some legal advice. You can get this from tax experts and a business lawyer.

This is because every state usually have different rules when it comes to income earnings and self-employment liabilities. This will help you to stay out of trouble with the law.


Become an expert in producing art work is not always an easy thing. This is why artists are required to take their work seriously especially if they are looking to sell their piece of art.

This article is just to guide you on the kind of ideas you should have if you decide to sell your art.

They can help you become successful in your art business. If you are interested in knowing much about artwork reproduction, consider checking out 1st Art Gallery.