John Michael Carter shares his personal commission secrets and resources:
• Take pride in your work. Be sure that your commissioned pieces are paintings that you like, not just what the client will accept.
• Protect yourself.
Be trusting and trustworthy—but always get your agreements in writing.
• Hone your social skills. A big part of your job is feeling comfortable with your subjects. Make sure that your social skills and your professionalism are as exceptional as your art.
• Learn as much as you can. Here are a few places to start:
Portrait Society of America, which hosts an annual conference.
This tip is an excerpt from an article titled “Painting with a Twist,” by Kathy Gulrich. To read the full article, click here and order The Artist’s Magazine’s 2007 Annual CD.
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