Tips for Ordering Custom Artwork From Painters

April 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Commissioning custom artwork can make for the perfect piece of decor, a beautiful memento and an unforgettable gift. However, not a lot of people know about the process, how to place an order or how to pick out a painter that will give them the results they're looking for.  Here are 4 tips to help you get the best results when ordering custom artwork!

1. Review an artist's portfolio

Every painter is different, so it's important to pick one that can produce the results you want. Before reaching out to an artist, you should look through the paintings they have posted on their website and social media accounts. This will give you a general idea of the kind of paintings they create. There are a few factors that go into your compatibility with the artist you may be commissioning. Are they experienced in painting similar images, like portraits or landscapes? Do they use the medium you had in mind, such as oil or acrylics? Some of these questions can be answered by simply looking at the paintings they have posted online, which will help you quickly narrow down your options. 

2. Keep open communication lines

A common misconception of commissioning an artist is that there isn't communication after the order is placed. However, communication should be key when ordering custom artwork. You should be given an artist's contact information and receive updates to ensure that everything is to your liking. An experienced artist will be happy to offer regular communication with their clients. It's what helps them produce a final product that you'll be satisfied with

3. Use high-quality images

What some people don't know about ordering custom artwork is that you need to provide high-quality images. If you're sending an artist a photo for inspiration or to reproduce, it's crucial that it's taken in good lighting, has good overall visibility and properly captures what you intend to be incorporating into the artwork. 

4. Ask plenty of questions

To ensure that you get your artwork on time and on budget, an artist should make you feel comfortable asking about the process. If you're not sure what questions to ask when placing a custom order, here are some suggestions:

  • Will there potentially be any additional charges for this order?
  • What is the turnaround time for this order?
  • What are the costs of transportation and shipping? Could they change?

To ensure that you're satisfied with the end product and aren't surprised by any extra charges, it's important to voice your questions and concerns. A competent and capable artist will be happy to answer them. 

Order Today from Matt Kaplinsky

If you'd like to receive the custom artwork of your dreams, then Matt Kaplinsky is the painter for you. With almost 30 years of experience painting in Texas and beyond, Matt is highly skilled in painting portraits, landscapes and architecture. With no hidden fees and open communication, he's one of the best custom painters you'll find online. What's more, Matt is able to paint from both memory and from photographs, so whether you're sending him an image or a description of what you want, you're guaranteed a beautiful piece of art. Have any questions about ordering custom artwork? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at, 214-543-4796 or by filling out our online form. We're available every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will get back to you as soon as possible. We hope to hear from you soon!