Windstone Commissions are currently CLOSED.
There are three (3) people on the waiting list.
Approximate waiting time: 3 months
Please read the following if you are interested in commissioning me for a Windstone PYO – it is lengthy but it covers most anything you may want to know. If something is not covered, please feel free to email me to send me an inquiry directly (email is at the bottom of this page).
The Quick and Dirty information:
Commission cost: $15/hr + $10 supply charge + $ Cost of blank sculpture.
Shipping is not included. It will be factored in to the invoice total at the end of the project.
I accept PayPal only for payment.
Any other questions about the process? Interested in how much input you’ll have? Please read on!
Q: What is a commission?
A: A commission is a Windstone PYO that I have painted at your request using either direct suggestions or inspiration images to come up with a scheme that you want. I can also closely replicate schemes that I have done previously as long as they were not OOAK (one of a kind). Please keep in mind that even if I replicate a scheme, every piece is unique.
Q: Can I order a custom commission and how much input will I have?
A: Of course! Please keep in mind that all custom commissions are based on my artistic style. As such, I will not be able to exactly replicate an artistic vision that you might have, but I am more than happy to create something for you by using your preferences or vision as inspiration!
I always want to make sure that you are happy with your piece when ordering a commission. For this reason, I want you to have a lot of input on things like color scheme and general color placement! When we begin to discuss your commission, I will ask you if you have preferences on color schemes and if there are any styles you like that are present on pieces that I have already done. After I get an idea of what you are looking for or what you like, I will create mock-ups using images of the blank PYOs and laying colors over it in editing software. These mock-ups will NOT look exactly like the final piece! These are just an easy way for me to make sure that I have understood your preferences and will create a piece based on what you’d like. The colors are almost always somewhat different from the mock-up, but the general feeling remains the same.
If you have any major changes that you’d like after seeing the mock-ups, or if I send you multiples that you’d like to combine aspects of, I will make a second pass at a mock-up with your requests, and you get to choose the mock-up that you like the best. From there, I will create the piece based on our combined vision.
During the painting process I may ask you about smaller detail preferences (IE: What color would you like the chain to be, gold or silver?). You also get to choose the eye color/gem color of the piece as long as I have multiple colors on hand!
At the end of the painting phase, I will ask you if there is a name you’d like to give the color scheme – you do not have to name it, but I like to give you that choice if you’d like it. Hopefully it goes without saying that any name that is inappropriate will not be accepted. Also please be aware that I may remake this scheme again on other pieces later.
One final note on commission expectations: I will be prompt with communication with you, and I expect the same in return! If it is too difficult or time consuming to get in touch with you or hear from you regarding questions about your commission, I will have to move on to the next project. This is not to say that I am not understanding about real life circumstances! Please let me know if there are any extenuating circumstances that will make communication difficult for a period of time.
Q: How much does it cost me?
A: I charge $15 per hour for my work, plus the cost of the statue (if I am supplying it), and a $10 fee for painting and shipping supplies. If you provide the blank statue and send it to me, the cost of the statue is removed from your commission total.
For example: If I spend 20 hours on a Keeper Dragon that I have purchased the blank for, the total would be $360.00.
If you supplied the blank dragon it would reduce the cost to $310.00.
We will discuss ahead of time what you are looking for in a commissioned piece and I will give you an approximate amount based on how much work I think I will have to do, but this is always an approximation – the actual price depends entirely on how long I work on the piece.
Q: What happens if I can’t afford the piece by the time you are finished with it?
A: If it is a matter of needing to wait a week or 2 to pay for the piece due to real life circumstances, I am usually fine with waiting. However, if for any reason you are simply unable to pay the total for a commission, I will refund you any costs you may have already put in (the price of the blank sculpture, if applicable), and I will auction off the finished piece. If you are at all concerned about the cost of a commission, please get in touch with me. I am always happy to discuss the expected costs and provide updates if it seems like I am going much past the original, approximated price.
Q: Do I need to purchase a blank sculpture and send it to you?
A: It depends! If there are blanks available in the store I am happy to order the piece and have it directly shipped to me. The cost will be folded into the total for the finished piece. If you already have a blank you can certainly send it to me to paint! In this case, you are only paying for the cost of the finished piece and the total will of course not include the cost of the blank.
Q: Why are they so expensive?
A: Each piece can take anywhere between 5 and 50 hours of painting to finish. I put a lot of care into each piece and use high quality materials. These are individual pieces of art.
Q: Does the price include shipping?
A: No, it does not. If you are concerned about the price for shipping your piece, please inquire about it at the beginning of our transaction and I can quote you an approximate shipping price. The shipping quote is subject to change.
Q: How do I pay for it?
A: I accept PayPal only for payment. Once the commissioned piece is completed, I total the hours worked on the piece plus shipping and any other costs (the cost of the blank, if applicable, and supplies), and I will send you an invoice using PayPal. Making payments this way protects both of us! I do not accept “personal” payments via PayPal.
Q: How do you ship them?
A: I always double box items for shipping. This means that your piece is put in a box with packing material and secured, and that box is put within another box filled with packing material in order to make sure that your piece is as well protected as possible for shipping.
Q: How long does it take for you to paint one?
A: From the time of your order to the finished product, painting can take anywhere from 2 weeks to several months to complete depending on the difficulty of the piece, your spot in the waiting list, and real-life delays. Since this is a part time hobby for me it takes me longer to get pieces done as I have a job and other responsibilities to take care of before I can paint. I still hope for the day where I can make my art a full time job, but until then I must ask for your patience and understanding in the time it takes to fill your order!
Please see the top of this page for an estimated wait time until I can get to any new commissions added to the waiting list.
Q: What types of paint do you use?
A: I use acrylic paints in varying brands, but mostly Liquitex and Golden brands. I use Golden brand interference paints, and Folk Art metallic paints. I use Design Master for both matte and gloss topcoats.
Q: I see you auctioning off things that you paint on the Windstone Facebook Group. Why are you painting these when you still have people on your waiting list?
A: I always paint a commission piece, and then an auction piece, in that order. When I take a “break” from commissions to paint an auction piece, I am allowed to paint in any way that I want without worrying about adhering to the commissioner’s wishes. This allows me to continue to be creative in any way I want to be and keeps those creative juices flowing. If I did only commissions all the time (and I know this from experience from doing it years ago!), I would grow very tired of painting and would probably quit altogether. I want to avoid this! So I always make sure I am able to paint a piece in between commissions in any way I want to. This does make waiting on the waiting list take longer, and I apologize for that, but I hope that you understand that it is better this way than for me to quit completely (which has happened in the past)!
Q: You have people on the waiting list, what does that mean?
A: This is simply a list of people who are interested in getting a commission done from me after my current commission is completed. The list is added to on a first-come first-served basis, and I update this page whenever a new commission is added or completed to change the approximate wait time and number on the waiting list.
If you have any additional questions or you would like to discuss getting a commission from me, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org