How to Commission the Artist

Artist: Mark J. Ansier dtm / Mbr: Texas Society of Sculptors

The creation of an original piece of metal artwork is an intimate and interactive process. It is equally important for you to understand the process and for me to understand what you are looking for. Though there is a process, there are no hard and fast rules. The free flow of ideas, facts and feelings are essential to the evolution of a commission creation of art. We say that we “create from photos, concepts and dreams…”

Often the final work is a mixture of all of the above.

Initial Contact
This is where we first get to know each other. One of the best ways to get to know our work and my personal style is through the website. Also we encourage locals to visit our working studio and retail gallery to see a work in progress and touch complete works in the gallery. Take some time to look at the portfolio of work and get an idea of my artistic style. Although what you see here represents completed works, it is not the extent of our work since each commission is unique and will add a new page to the portfolio. Contact me and we can discuss the details of your dream. I will give you an idea of my current work schedule.

The nature of the consultation will depend on your location. If possible, I like to visit your home or commercial location to see where the work will ultimately live and get an idea of personal tastes. We can also do this from a distance via phone and e-mail. The idea is for me to develop the rapport I need to design a piece of artwork that is right for you. I will be making a piece of art that you and your family will live and interact with for generations. I want this to be more than something you simply walk through or look at. I want it to enhance the lives of those who experience it.

Ideas begin to take shape on paper and in iron. There is bit of mystery involved in the creative process and it does not always lend itself to hard schedules. There are times that the ideas coalesce while driving from the client’s home, while other times I will sketch a design on whatever is handy weeks later. I often spend time in the studio working out some of the design ideas in iron. This not only helps me explore the possibilities but also gives you a better feel for the qualities of the finished work. I will keep in touch to let you know how we are progressing.

Design Fee
I require a non-refundable design fee of 10 percent of the estimated cost before moving into the design stage. When the project is complete this cost is deducted from the total.

This also can be an evolving aspect of the commission. If you have clearly defined your budget or parameters, please let me know. The evolution of the piece will affect the costs — not always upward. Simpler is sometimes better. I will be able to give you an idea of costs early on but this cannot be finalized until the design is complete.

Review and Approval
At this point, we will look over the design and adjust it here and there if necessary. Upon approval, I normally require a 50 percent down-payment ( which includes the initial design deposit ) – We will proceed to finish the commission as per the estimated schedule. • 1.512.633.7710 • Enquiry @ • 18568 FM 1431 Jonestown TX 78645