Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I'm interested in an ORIGINAL piece of artwork. How do I go about commissioning one?
Commissioning a piece is easy. All you have to do is pick from 3 basic parameters (see below) and then we discuss the finer details later.
- Pick the Size (see next question)
- Pick the style: 2D (standard canvas) or 3D (Pop-Pop)
- Pick the background complexity Easy, Medium or Complex (more on this below)
Once you have an idea, send an email to email@example.com. I'll look it over and quote you a price based mostly on the 3 criteria listed above, starting with baseline prices (listed below).
Q: And what about sizes and prices?
My prices start here. I have prices for both standard paintings and Pop-Pop pieces. Prices can go up from this baseline if, for instance, you chose a background with high complexity, or a scene with multiple players. 'Baseline' prices listed below include a simple background with one main figure/athlete.
Small - 9" x 14" (or roughly 126 sq. inches) - $275
Medium - 14" x 22" (or roughly 308 sq. inches) - $575
Large - 20" x 30" (or roughly 600 sq. inches) - $875
I can make these larger than this if interested.
Q: Can I see examples of pieces with simple, medium and complex backgrounds?
Sure! See samples below, all Pop-Pop pieces, ranging from SIMPLE to MEDIUM to COMPLEX backgrounds (in respective order below) which would affect pricing.
Q: Why do I have to pay a 50% down payment to commission original work?
The down payment holds your request in my queue as an officially commissioned piece. By doing this, you cannot be bumped in the order and can be sure that your piece gets made. Rest assured, once you make that payment, I can provide you with a definite list of my jobs and where you are seated in that list. I send out update e-mails to all of those who are waiting so you can track my progress.
I'll add: you can get your down-payment back, no questions asked, at ANY time leading up to the beginning of your project and even then, we can work it out if needed.
Q: Can I just buy a print or something like that?
Yes, I do sell two different sized poster-prints right here on my site These are limited series and are less expensive than original commissioned pieces. To see what's currently available, click here
Q: I like those magnets, how can I get one?
You can get the jumbo magnets 2 ways:
1. Follow me on Twitter and win one in a giveaway (@piericksmith)
2. Purchase one. Jump to the Product Information page to read more about those.
Q: What the heck is your Pop-Pop artwork?
I coined the term “Pop-Pop” in reference to a different style of artwork that I do, which is similar to a wall sculpture (see example of classic wall-sculpture pictured below), but is still mainly a painting.
As for the name itself, it arose from these two factors: I’m using highly representational imagery that’s pulled from popular culture. This explains the first ‘Pop' in the term, 'Pop-Pop'. Think of Andy Warhol's, Marilyn Monroe art, or his Campell's soup cans. The second ‘Pop’ refers to the 3-dimensionality of the work. It physically POPS off the plane of 2-dimensions.
Pop-Pop pieces are created from premium acrylic paints and varnishes, higher density foam board and some wood, mostly for structural support, so they are extremely light, easy to move and can be touched without fear of damaging the artwork. The lightweight also keeps the cost of shipping down.
Q: If I commission original work, do I dictate the design of the piece, or do I have no say?
You can absolutely share images or photos of what you want for your piece. This helps me with creating a custom piece that you will love. If you’d rather have me just do my thing, I can do that too. Most times, the client and I have some time to work on the design of the piece, the pose of the player and all the little details like which uniform, background details and things of that nature.
Q: How does shipping work?
Prices for original custom orders include shipping (except for 'Jumbo'-sized pieces). In MOST cases, I will pay to have UPS package (and ship) the item so it can be insured. On smaller pieces, it's easier for me to package the piece. In all cases, I will remain liable for the handling of the piece until it gets to you. Getting it to you safe is obviously a huge priority. If it arrives damaged, you will be refunded if I cannot fix it. Thankfully, this hasn't happened to date. There is a 15% add-on for any off-continent shipping.
Q: Why is my art a good investment?
In short: Art, novelty goods and specialized services continue to thrive. It’s a safe, yet smart investment. Secondly, sports won't be going away any time soon and what better way to enjoy a custom piece that can also deliver a great return on your investment. If you don’t believe me, read this Wall Street Journal article on investing in sports art.
If you still have a question or aren't sure what to do next, fill in the simple form below and I or my wife (my business manager) will be in touch. Thanks for the interest!