Choosing an artist
Choosing an artist can be a daunting task. It’s new territory for a lot of people and it can be confusing, so this blog is designed to help familiarize you with how to best choose an artist for your project.
To begin, it’s important to look at several artists’ portfolios. Most artists have an online presence now days and you should be able to find several artists in your area with a quick Google search.
What to look for when you find an artist:
Take a look at each artist, paying close attention to his or her individual style. Is their style cartoony? Is it impressionistic? Do they tend to draw people with disproportioned features? As the old adage goes: you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. If you have a particular aesthetic in mind, find an artist that works in that style. Trying to get an artist to change his or her style to match what’s in your head is a hard fight that will create an unpleasant work experience for the artist and an unsatisfying product for you.
Note: When I talk about style, I am referring to the way something is painted not the content itself. Any serious artist accepting commissions can change the subject matter to meet your commission. I for one prefer to work in themes. I like a client to give me a general theme like “Monkeys” or “Art deco” and then let me go wild with it. Working that way gives the client a theme that matches their home or business while at the same time giving me plenty of artistic freedom. But of course, if you have something particular in mind most artists are happy to paint that, too. Just as long as you understand that they will paint it in their own style.
Palette here refers to the group of colors used in a single work or building to give it synergy. Don’t be turned off by muralist’s palette for his other works. I definitely have a preferred palette, but with murals, it is important to match my palette to your decor. If you don’t know your palette or haven’t selected it yet, that is not a problem. I always bring a book of swatches with me so colors can be decided upon before painting.
Most artists are happy to give a free quote for your project. For rough estimates on my pricing, please see my services page.
The only other things then to check are work experience and reliability. How many years have they been in the business? Are they on Yelp? Do they have testimonials on their webpage? All of these things should be considered when hiring an artist. Especially with murals, you don’t want to end up with someone who works slow or leaves you with a half finished wall.