Communication is key when it comes to a successful art project. I want to be 100% transparent in what I can, can't, and won't do. Here is a comprehensive list of questions and procedures that will help us both decide if I'm the artist for your gig.
My Questions For You:
What is your timeline?
This may be the most important question I can ask about your project. Is there a feasible timeline for this gig? If it is a rush job (less than two weeks), there is a high chance that I will not take on your project. It’s always okay to inquire about a project with a quick turnaround, but be prepared that I may not be able to get to it in time.
Who is the point person?
I’ve found that it is easiest to communicate with one person when it comes to projects. If there is a team or committee making decisions, that’s rad. We can have meetings as a team and discuss all the ideas. However, I will need only one person to email, phone, and sign off on decisions. Let’s not complicate this project - I’ve seen straightforward jobs get lost in the translation of big group email threads.
Do you need a permit?
As much as I would love to install every mural that I am requested to paint, there are city ordinances in place that require almost all exterior murals and signs to have permits. I will paint just about anything as long as you have permission from the property owner, pay fully upfront, and if you sign a legal document recusing me of legal responsibility and recourse if a permit is not acquired.
If you do need a permit and would like to acquire one, I am happy to work along side the Arts Commission of Oklahoma, sign permitting department, and Urban Design Review. These permits take a considerable amount of time to prepare and typically take about a month to receive after final drafts are completed.
Do you know what you want?
The more you know what you are looking for, the quicker we can move on drafts and installation. I always encourage my clients to find as much reference material as possible so I am fully able to understand your needs. I want you to have a piece of artwork that you are proud of - the more reference you can give, the better.
I’d love to be the creative director on your project. Take a look at my portfolio on this site, feel free to reference murals and artwork I have already created. If you like my style, I’d be happy to incorporate it in your project.
Is this someone else’s artwork or style?
Sometimes I am requested to install the work of another designer or artist. If you have employed another designer or artist to create art for your mural or sign, that is great. I am happy to work with that artist to make sure their art is installed accurately. However, I will not install artwork you do not have permission to use. I am not in the business of copying or stealing the work of others. It’s okay to reference other art styles and aesthetics, but I will not copy. If the styling is not something I can do, I will do my best to send you to the best local artist who’s style matches your needs.
Do you have a budget for this project?
It’s a good idea to have realistic expectations for your project. Professional quality paint installation is not cheap or fast. I use the highest quality paints available on the market. While my artwork can be advertising for the client, it is also a reflection of my craftsmanship. I want to deliver a piece of artwork of which we are both proud.
Design work is $100/hr.
I require a 50% upfront deposit on all work.
Mural and sign installation can range from $10-$30 per square foot.
Paint quality, equipment rental, permitting, and hiring extra installation artists can all affect the price of work desired.
Your Questions For Me:
Do I need a permit?
If this is an exterior mural or sign in Oklahoma City, it is likely that you need a permit. If it is interior - no. If you are in another city or state, you will need to research your local ordinances and we will move forward accordingly.
Can you print t-shirts for my event, club, or organization?
No. I am no longer in the business of printing custom t-shirts. I can do t-shirt design work for you at $100 an hour and can send print ready files to your favorite local printer.
Can you print a poster for my band or event?
Probably! I love screen printed posters and work with local artists and venues to create artwork for music events. Please inquire about your project.
I sent you a direct message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. - why haven’t you gotten back to me?
I do my best to reply to messages on social media, however email is always the best way to reach me. I only conduct business through email and would be happy to work with you - email@example.com
Will you donate goods or services to my organization? Will you do this project because it has great exposure?
I’m sorry, but I cannot offer my services for free. I have built relationships with many non-profits that I love working with already.
Will you design a tattoo for me?
No. There are many great tattoo artists available that would be happy to have your business. It’s just not what I do.
Are you ever going to make __________ Tree & Leaf shirt/product again?
Probably not. I hold a special place for Tree & Leaf in my heart, but at this point I have no plans on recreating products from that era.
Is there a deposit for this project?
Yes. I require a 50% upfront deposit on all work.
I’m sure there are more questions and other inquiries. It never hurts to ask, feel free to shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible!