We explore the features of art commissions: common etiquettes. We suggest that first and foremost prospective clients verify if the artist is currently open for commissions. If not, keep them on your potential artist shortlist for future consideration. Note that not all professional artists have “open/closed” status indicators.
Another point of reference is to check what method of communication your shortlisted artist prefers (a direct message, email, or a form to complete on their website for example). After sending a general enquiry, wait patiently. Once your chosen artist replies, be sure to send a clear brief that is as detailed as possible. Always respect the artist’s payment terms and method.