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Commissions By Marc Godfrey: The Best Commissions Ever

Updated on November 2, 2012

I have been taking commissions from people ever since I was in 6th form, at the age of 17. The art I create is generally abstract, which led to a demand in pop art style portraits. Whilst at art school, I began to take more commissions of animals and people's pet. When I graduated, I designed some sets and art for various theatrical productions. When I am asked to do a commission, I take the time to discuss with clients what they want out of a painting, then as the work is being produced, I send regular visual updates by email.

Top 5 Reasons Why a Commission by Marc Godfrey, is the Best Commission

  1. All work is hand painted by me, a trained artist
  2. All work is absolutely, 100% unique to the client
  3. Anything is possible. Any image, any colour, any style
  4. Communication is maintained throughout the creative process, including visual updates by email on how the commission is looking
  5. Cost is low

A Little Bit About Me...

If you haven't gathered by now, am an artist. I have painted my whole life. I graduated from the Cambridge School of Art (UK) in 2004. I tend to steer my work more towards the abstract, having said that, I love painting from life too. I am most happy when I can be creative. A world without creativity leads for a very dull existence. So far, I have painted many, many commissions for people, varying from pets, theatrical sets through to requested variations on work I've already produced.

Past Commissions...

Here is a selection of commissions I have created for past clients:

"Brodie" (61x61cm)

"Solo" (70x70cm)

"Germit" (68x48cm)

"Snape" (61x61cm)

"Lisa" (70x70cm)

Which is you favourite?

Out the five commissions I've painted above, what's your favourite?

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Other commissions...

Here some samples of theatre related art, I was commissioned to make.

"Angel" (200cm tall)

"Backdrop" (approx 7x20ft)

The Process of a Commission...

A lot of people have been asking me, how do I go about creating a piece of art? It's a hard thing to explain, as I just do it, instinctively. To try and explain, here are some photo's detailing the progress of a commission. I painted this summer (the process starts at the top, left to the right, then the bottom, left to right:

I hope you can see the differences between each picture. I start with a sketch then build. The hardest part is knowing where to stop.

As I explained above, I send my clients photo updates of the painting. This is for a few reasons: To keep up communication and to see how I'm getting on. To see if there's any changes the client wants made. To check the painting is meeting expectation. And also, well, I think it's polite.

What Clients Have Said About My Work...

"I just want to say thank you so much for the painting... He loves it along with all his friends and family :) It looks pretty impressive when on the wall far away... very funky stuff!!! Keep up the good work!!!"

"I will definitely be asking you for more work. Your style is so exciting. Thank you."

"You've captured the likeness in the painting very well. I've really enjoyed 'working' with you - the communication was great - I was worried that I would be left hanging for a couple of weeks whilst you painted - I really appreciated the photo updates on how the painting was going. Brilliant!"

How Much Do I Charge?

This is also a difficult question to answer. It depends on the size and complexity of the piece. Commissions in the US can start anywhere from $100 up to $500. Then my client pays for delivery also, which works out around $30. Commissions in the UK can start anywhere from 100GBP to 500GBP. That's it, no hidden fees or charges of any kind. Well, why would there be? Do get in touch if you have any queries (details below).

Have I Tickled Your Fancy?

Has my work inspired you? Would you like me to paint something for you in the style of one of my previous commissions? Do you have a beautiful pet who deserves a portrait? Is there someone special in your life, who you would like encapsulated forever on canvas? Do you want to discuss how I can help you with any of this?

If you've answered YES to any of these questions...

You Can Buy Some Of My Work Here Too:

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What Do You Think?

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      6 years ago

      You are very talented. I can see why these would be the best commissions ever. Great job!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent work.

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      10 years ago

      Very talented Marco! I have already checked out your website. Good Luck with you artwork :)


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      10 years ago

      Snape is really not my favorite hero but your commission of him is fabulous!!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      It's fabulous to see the work-in -progress. What else can this rate but 5*?

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      Paula Atwell 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Love your work. Very nice. do you specialize in portraits?

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      10 years ago

      Great, 5 star lens. I especially enjoyed seeing your painting process of "Solo." Awesome work! I admire you for doing so much commission work - I tried them out, and even though the clients were very sweet, the deadlines stressed me out too much.

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      10 years ago

      Both my husband and I are artists too. Love to see someone making money for it!

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      dreamsgate lm 

      10 years ago

      It's so nice to see an artist actually making money doing what they love. I wish you all the luck and success you deserve.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      oh Margo, these are fantastic! My hat is off to you! Beautiful work! Linda

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      10 years ago

      Great art! I loved the pictures showing the progression of your dog painting. I used to live in Cambridge too (also left in 2004, weird!). If I had money, I would definitely commission you!

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      10 years ago

      Ah, I love to find self-representing artists on Squidoo -- your work is interesting -- what are some of the dimensions of your work? My sister is an artist who attended Columbus College of Art and Design -- she can do remarkable original paintings. Trying to get a commission out of her for us. Good luck with your work and your art. ;)


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