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 High (more on this below)
Once you have an idea, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll look it over and quote you a price based on the 3 criteria listed above as well as your mailing address, starting with baseline prices (listed below).
Q: And what about sizes and prices?
My pricing baseline starts here. I have prices for both 2-D standard canvas paintings as well as the 3-D Pop-Pop pieces. Prices can go up from this baseline if, for instance, you chose a background with more details, or a scene with more than just one player. 'Baseline' prices listed below include a simple background with one main figure/athlete.
- Small - 9" x 14" (or roughly 126 sq. inches) - $400
- Medium - 16" x 22" (or roughly 352 sq. inches) - $750
- Large - 20" x 28" (or roughly 560 sq. inches) - $975
NOTE: I can make an even larger Pop-Pop than this if interested. Shipping not included.
- Standard - 10"x 14" - $250
- Need a larger size 2D painting? Let me know and I can send you a custom quote!
Q: Can I see examples of pieces with simple, medium and high complexity backgrounds?
Sure! See samples below, all Pop-Pop pieces, ranging from SIMPLE to MEDIUM to HIGH complexity backgrounds (in respective order below). Medium and High complexity backgrounds 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. Get your own piece of sports art with a limited edition poster print signed by me. I run these in limited quantities, and they are less expensive than original commissioned pieces. Prints come in 2 sizes. To see what's currently available, click here. Note: Shipping is included for sending anywhere domestically in the U.S. Anywhere else is an additional fee paid for by the customer.
Q: I like those magnets, how can I get one?
Turn the surface of your fridge into a veritable smorgasbord of sports and culture. Or, use a few to spruce up the office. Magnets come signed and there are 2 ways to get them:
- Purchase one! Jump to my Magnets page and snag a few today!
- Follow me on Twitter and win one in a giveaway (@piericksmith)
Note: Shipping is included for sending magnets anywhere domestically in the U.S. Anywhere else is an additional fee paid for by the customer.
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 is it up to you?
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 that go into custom pieces.
Q: How does shipping work?
Prices for original custom orders include shipping*. 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. *Note: This is for shipping artwork domestically only. International packages and shipping to HI and AK will be billed separately.
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!