3 Things to Avoid When You Commission a Mural
If you are interested in working with graffiti writers or street artists to create a site-specific installation in your home or on your business, these are three tips to avoid when approaching them.
- Exposure: Do not ask an artist to do something for “exposure”. You do not ask your gardener to work for exposure, so do not use this word with an artist. You should set aside a reasonable budget that accounts for supplies and travel. As a starting point, consider the amount you would pay for a typical house painter you paint the wall a solid color, and then increase that by the amount of detail you would like to see in the piece.
Complex Legal Paperwork: Avoid complicated legal paperwork. A solid written agreement between you and an artist is important to outline the scope of work and cost, but lengthy legalese is not the way to go. Important things to consider for a simple agreement: who pays for materials, who owns the copyright and reproduction rights, and be sure to set forth a reasonable timeline.
Art Direction: The beauty of commissioning a work is getting something that is specific and personal to you. However, be sure to choose an artist who is capable of executing the style you like. Many artists want to be true to their own self in the artwork they produce and may not deliver a desirable product if they are pressured by a client’s vision that is inconsistent with their regular genre. Approaching artists can be difficult. Be diligent and transparent when addressing them before striking a deal so you are both on the same page.