On one of my trips to Wisconsin I laid on a hammock and looked up at many dragonflies zipping around at a fast pace to catch insects. I see them on ponds and watched them gliding over the water and resting on lily pads while canoeing in northern Wisconsin.
The dragonfly is a symbol of changing direction in your life. This piece was commissioned by someone who’s mother was going through a major life change. Here is the finished commission piece I completed in 2015.
Clients responded to this piece so much that I went on to edit it and change the colors and composition digitally to create two more pieces:
Black and White Dragonfly, Digitally Altered Collage Print, 2015
If you’ve asked me to commission a piece of art, you can bet I am super excited! (If you are interested in commissioning art for your nursery or any other room, please contact me at email@example.com to see if I can meet your deadline this year.) Here is some information about the process of a commissioned collage.
Step One: Research (1 week)
-We’ll converse about your likes and dislikes, ideas for the piece.
-Please send any photos of the room, favorite items in it, favorite places, artists, animals, quotes, hobbies, favorite books, etc… The more I know about your life inspirations, the more I can draw from when it comes to creating the art.
-Please answer the following questions:
-Have you commissioned art before? If so, please let me know how many pieces and what you liked or didn’t like about the process.
-What size do you want the piece? Please allow for a mat and frame.
-What do you want to see in your art?
-What is the main emotion or attitude you would like to feel from the art?
-Is there anything you don’t like about my art or don’t want to see in your piece?
-Will you be the only one approving the art? If not, please let me know the email address or phone number of the others involved.
-Do you have any other questions or requests?
-If you have a preference on any of the following, please let me know:
-Actions of the animals
-Specific papers. These would need to be mailed prior to step 3.
Contract and Payment:
-Once I know the scope of the project, we can arrange a contract (written for public commissions or email conversation for friends and family)
-We’ll agree on a timeline, deadline and budget.
-A portion (usually one third) of the total cost of the piece is due at the start for supplies, research and sketching. The vast majority of the creative work happens in the first few weeks of planning even though the paper collage hasn’t even started yet. This is non-refundable.
Step Two: Rough Sketches and Palette (3 days – 2 weeks)
-I’ll create 6-8 very rough sketches to figure out the placement of the design and objects (composition). This is very basic and doesn’t show color or detail.
-We’ll talk about any changes, if necessary.
-Please feel free to send me back to the drawing board if it’s not quite right yet, but remember this is just a very, very rough drawing.
-The paper color palette will be chosen
Step Three: Final Sketch (2 days – 3 weeks)
-We’ll pick the final sketch design
-For an extra fee, I can create a small rough paper collage to show color relationships
-After we agree on the basic colors and design, any changes to colors and design may require an additional fee. The reason is because it may take many extra hours to redo work in the following steps. Please don’t let this deter you from telling me your opinions, however, as I may be able to make easy changes.
Step Four: Collage (1 – 5 weeks)
-After I start on the collage, I will send you updates via text, or email frequently.
-Please give me input along the way.
-This is the time where I work out color and design challenges on the paper.
Step Five: Final Collage
-Before gluing, I’ll send a picture of the final collage.
-This is the last call for any changes.
Step Six: Gluing and Sealing (3 days – 2 weeks)
-Your collage will be glued down and sealed for its protection
-Please note the final collage will have some bumps and/or bubbles in the paper due to overlapping thicker paper with thin, or gluing a large piece. I will do my best to avoid any bumps and bubbles.
Step Seven: Caring for Your Collage
-Please store the collage flat until framed and matted.
-Please display your collage away from direct light and humidity
-Matting the collage keeps the paper off the glass and helps with moisture control
-It is best to purchase UV glass for your frame
*Copyright of the finished piece belongs to Laura Lynne of Laura Lynne Art.