Note, November 2017:
Due to family health issues, I am not currently taking commissions. What happened? Well, I decided that I needed to finish writing my book "Secrets Of Forgotten Masters," which is about how medieval books were made. So after finishing the Psalter, I took off a year in order to try to make some serious headway on SoFM. Unfortunately, almost immediately my elderly father's health took a serious turn. As his Power of Attorney I found myself spending most of my time dealing with that, and with the aftermath following his passing. Then, after that year of not working on much art or the book, I decided to stretch it and take another year off commissions because I really, really need to get that book done!
And that's when my elderly mother's health took a down-turn. Right now I am caught up in that, and the legal and physical logistics which go with it. So I am unclear when I will be back to taking commissions. I know a lot of you have been hoping to hire me to make some art for you, and I wish I could. Eventually I will, but we have to work through this first. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and I thank you for your patience.
In the meantime, you are quite wlcome to contact me, and I urge you to keep in touch. I promise that when I can get back to taking commissions I will post here on my web page, and also on Facebook. So please do check back every once in a while.
I take three kinds of commissions-
* Publishing work: Intellectual Rights for Book, Magazine, Packaging, and advertising uses. If you represent an established company, please call me or email me. If you represent a start-up or are self-publishing the terms are a bit different, but please contact me. Ownership of originals is a separate negotiation. I am willing to do all-rights deals, but I expect to retain authorship and license back to use the work for self promotion, works profiling me as an artist, and the right to make reproductions for me to sell. Two dimensional artworks are usually supplied digitally, unless agreed upon at the time of the commission.
* Commission of new objects for Rental: This usually applies to TV or motion picture prop commissions where the company does not wish to store the objects. I give a slightly reduced rate if there is a resale possibility.
* Original Physical Artworks: Manuscript Illumination, whole Medieval or Art Books, Paintings, Drawings, Coats of Arms, Medieval Scribe Tools and more.
These are works for private individuals or company purchase. Intellectual rights are not included in the purchase unless a separate agreement is added to the sale. Coats of Arms and other works where the client owns a source image are granted reproduction rights in a written agreement. See below for Original art commission terms.
What will it be? A coat of arms with helm, crest and supporters? How about a family tree? Maybe a wedding book or your own prayer book made with your personal favorite passages? How about a book that you authored, or your favorite story set down in beautiful calligraphy? Maybe you want a nice space scape for your office, or an enlarged and more detailed version of one of the cards paintings from MAGIC or Lord Of The Rings?
This is your chance to have your own, custom artwork made to your order, just the way you want it. If you are contacting me, it is because you like what you see. From that we can work together to come up with something you will be really happy with.
To start, it would be helpful if you would look at the samples on the web site so that we can work out a price based on the examples you see. My prices are professional, but reasonable. For non-publishing work I charge based on how much work I expect the job to take, plus the cost of materials. Once I have made a quote, that is all you will pay unless you ask for more, or change your mind about what you want after I have done work. I am happy to suggest alterations of design when necessary to allow the commission to better fit your budget.
I choose my materials and techniques to ensure the greatest of permanency, so when treated appropriately your art will outlast your grandchildren. Permanence is of great importance to me. Please note that medieval book commissions are a special case regarding color permanence. Since medieval colors in books were kept closed and away from light and eventual air pollution, they last quite a long time. However, many of them will not last if you display the book open in direct sunlight (see below).
How the commission works:
1) We start by communicating about what you want. Once we agree on a design, the materials, the time it will be completed, and the price, I will send you a quote with all of those terms, a schedule and a very complete description of the artwork.
2) After careful reading to be sure we both correctly understood the terms and description, you will confirm by sending a down-payment. he amount of the down-payment is often about half for lower priced items + materials cost, and for the more expensive items like full paintings or books I work out a payment schedule with you. In this way your payments come when you can afford them. As work progresses on higher priced item I send photos before asking for the next payment. That way you know your work is being done.
3) When the work is completed, I will send you a picture of it for your approval. When you approve it, you will send a payment for the balance due plus the price of shipping and insurance via your favored carrier. Upon receipt in full of the amount due I will send your new treasure home to you. Please note that most carriers have insurance caps, and I do not accept responsibility for loss over what you paid for insurance. Also, import fees are added in the destination country. If you know fees will need to be collected on your end, please be aware that there have been issues in the past where the post office returned or failed to notify the recipient properly when the destination was a business or apartment complex office.
You can pay with a
personal check drawn on a US
bank or you can pay via PayPal. If you choose PayPal I charge an extra
percentage for anything PayPal takes in transaction fees or currency
conversion. You can avoid transaction fees by going from your PayPal
account rather than a credit card.
Medieval Book Arts
I make whole books in the authentic medieval style. Unlike many other artists doing medieval work today, my designs are not copies of pre-existing work unless that is your specific request. Instead, my work is original, created as if I were an artist of that time period.
If you want a book, you get to specify the text content, the year and place to be emulated, the X/Y dimensions of the book, the type and amount of decoration (illumination), and the materials used. In a book, I normally use all authentic historical materials. The exception is when the customer wishes me to use a less expensive modern alternative. In addition, I am able to offer some very rare and ancient materials that most other artists do not use. I work with genuine animal skin parchment, real gold laid on medieval base (not modern base unless you ask for it). I make my inks and paints just as they did in the middle ages, so I can offer you Lapis Lazuli and Azurite blues, Dragon's Blood (resin), Malachite green, and genuine vermilion, minium, buckthorn, saffron, iris flower and other authentic paints. See my pages about making medieval book arts for more information. You will need to ask about availability and pricing for some materials, especially parchment. The cost of entire books is fairly high, but you are getting a custom made, highly personal work of art done in the most authentic manner possible today. This is a rare treasure indeed. When I am asked why someone wouldn't just buy a genuine medieval book instead, my answer is this:
The price is comparable, but the point isn't to have a piece of someone else's history. Anybody with money can collect an old thing. Instead, it is about the luxury of having something new, wonderful and special, custom made for the client today, using a language the client can usually read, and about a subject that the client desires. You can have your own link to history in a way that is meaningful to you but also allows you to actually use the book as someone might have done in ancient times. If I make a Book for you, you will be able to use it for the rest of your life, and your children will treasure it from one generation to the next.
These are usually single pages or spreads designed to resemble pages found in genuine medieval books. Some people enjoy commissioning a family tree or depictions of their family coat of arms using real gold and genuine parchment. You can choose the subject text, the amount and style of decoration, the scale, and the materials used. The only exception is that I use slightly different materials for works intended to be framed and hung on the wall than I use for book works. This is to ensure that the art will have great longevity. Many pigments that are safe to use for work that is normally closed up in a book are not stable in the ambient light of a room.
Much more affordable than an entire book, my pages can be your own personal statement, or speak your favorite poem, lyric, or anything you wish. Hang it on a wall or place it in a desk picture frame. The choice is yours.
Drawing and Painting. Please call and discuss options, pricing, and scheduling. Works can be on paper, genuine parchment, art board, or panel.
Drawing, Painting, and Digital. Works can be on paper, genuine parchment, art board, or panel. Let me know what you are interested in and we can discuss what it might look like. Once we have a basic idea and settle on a price, you pay a low design fee for me to make B&W and Color composition roughs for you to approve. On approval, the art gets scheduled when I receive your down payment.