Linda’s advice is good.
I have worked with similar arrangements for my mural art, and it works very
well for me.
For a project of this size, requiring several submittals for review, I
would definitely ask for partial payments per submittal. A percentage of the
project might be established for the (1) Draft Rendering and (2) final art. So
much labor goes into the Draft, that it may deserve a larger percentage.
(80% of my work is done before I do the final art) Plus the client may want
revisions after the draft rendering.
I usually divide the submittals into three: 1. Pencil draft with loose
drawings of specific species place in the composition. Then the client reviews
and makes comments. 2. Final Draft, a detailed rendering incorporating their
previous comments. I specify that any changes in concept after this review might
incur extra time and materials. When all is approved, then I do the 3.
Final Art. That allows the client of make changes in the drafts so not so
much detailed work is wasted.
I ask for percentages of the contract amount at each of those submittals,
with the largest percentage at the "Final Draft" stage.
I know of other illustrators who get to the Final Draft stage and the
client pulls the job, and even gets another, cheaper artist to do the final art.
This has not happened to me, but when percentages of work are in place, clients
will get the message that you will be paid for the amount of work you do.
Just a thought.
Linda M. Feltner Artist,
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
On Dec 11, 2013, at 9:14 AM, Lore Ruttan wrote:
I usually do smallish jobs and just ask for payment upon delivery.
However, I've been commissioned to make a large painting commemorating a
capital campaign and it will take me quite some time and involve a good chunk
of money. Stages in the project are to finalize the list of species that will
be painted, complete a detailed rendering of the composition that they can
make a banner with, and then the final piece. Should I ask for a portion of
the payment at each of those stages? Just the banner and final piece stages?
What do others do?
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