Calvin & Hobbes #222"x30", India ink on Canson watercolor paper, 2014. (All rights go to Bill Watterson!)
Calvin & Hobbes #122"x30", India ink on Canson watercolor paper, 2013. (All rights go to Bill Watterson!)
If you are interested in commissioning Karen for a personalized artwork, click here to submit your request!
Karen requires a 50% down payment of your chosen price of the commission before she can begin on your commission. Once she has completed the piece, she requires the second payment before she ships it out. She accepts cash, check, Venmo, or Paypal (in which case she will send you an invoice).
Size and Materials
Typical drawing paper sizes are 11"x14" and 18"x24". Karen works only with high quality, archival paper brands such as Canson, Arches, and Strathmore. If she is working with charcoal and/or pastel, she will spray the piece with a special fixative that will keep the medium on the page. All acrylic paintings are done on 1.5" thick, high-quality gallery canvas, and vary greatly in size--let Karen know approximately what size you're looking for.
Pricing and Mediums
For charcoal/pastel portraits on drawing paper:
$150 - 3-hour portrait; only 1 figure; 11"x14"
$200 - 4-hour portrait; only 1 figure; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
$250 - 5-hour portrait; 2 or less figures; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
$300 - 6-hour portrait; 2 or less figures; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
$350 - 7-hour portrait; 3 or less figures; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
$400 - 8-hour portrait; 3 or less figures; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
$450 - 9-hour portrait; 4 or less figures; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
$500 - 10-hour portrait; 4 or less figures; 11"x14" or 18"x24"
Generally, more time means better quality portraits--especially if the reference photo or the figure is complicated (multi-colored speckled fur, unique feather pattern, etc.). Outside of shipping or requested meeting time to discuss/plan out commission ideas, there are no extra fees for traditional commissions.
Karen most often uses charcoal and/or pastel for her commissions, but she also welcomes acrylic paintings. Although acrylic paintings will require more time to render than charcoal/pastel portraits, and therefore be more expensive; painting pricing varies depending on requested canvas size and content; Karen will offer a price quote depending on your requests for the painting.
The choices are up to you! Regardless, Karen is most joyous and honored to give you and/or your loved one(s) a creation that is meaningful to you!
Providing Karen with high-quality photos of your loved ones with good lighting will really make your commission shine. If your pet/loved one is still alive, you can even use your smartphone indoors or outdoors with good light to capture the colors, shapes, and detail in their face(s), Make sure it's well-focused, and Karen can capture all those little details much better. You can find some tips for pet photography here.
If your loved one has passed, and all you have in your possession are lower quality photos, send them to Karen and she can evaluate how well she can use them to rightfully capture your close human/pet. Sometimes she can still make up some details or shapes if it's not super clear.
All images can be sent to Karen via email at:
Note that while the customer receives the original artwork after payment, Karen still reserves the rights to the images she takes of original artwork that she creates, and can do with them as she pleases.