The artist fee is often included as a line item in the total project budget. Typically, the artist chooses their cost within the planned project budget, or the commissioning agency does. Typically, fees are calculated as a percentage of the project budget. For example, an artist might be paid $10,000 for their work, which is 10% of the total project budget of $100,000.
Fees are usually discussed with you before you sign on to do a project. If there are issues about what portion your fee should be, how it should be calculated, or any other matter related to your agreement with the client, feel free to ask questions. The people commissioning the work will be able to help you understand their needs and priorities so that you can provide value added services beyond just executing artwork. They may also have suggestions about who else they could approach for specific tasks if you aren't the right person for them.
As an independent contractor, you won't be entitled to any form of employee benefits. However, many artists find this arrangement satisfactory because they like being their own bosses and having complete control over their working hours and location. Others may prefer not to have any involvement with administrative matters such as contracts and billing. You should discuss these issues with your client before you accept a project so that you know what kind of arrangement would be best for you.
Before beginning work, you and the artist should have a contract in place. The contract should specify the price, as well as any necessary expenditures involved with the piece's creation, as well as payment conditions. Many artists will also need a 50% down payment or a deposit. The remaining balance must be paid before the artwork is delivered. If you fail to make a payment, the artist has the right to charge you interest on the outstanding balance.
Once you have found an artist you want to work with, you should take the time to discuss expenses related to the project. You should also discuss how much you are willing to pay - there can be very few artists that would want to sell their work for less than they are worth. However, it is important not to fix a price before discussing all aspects of the project.
The contract should include information on who will be responsible for delivery of the art work. Most often, this will be you if you are the buyer, or the artist if you are the seller. However, if you are having the artist create multiple pieces of art, then each piece may have its own contract. This way you do not have to pay for more service than what you received. Contracts can be written up manually or used as templates and filled out by both parties. Either way, this document should always be signed by both you and the artist to show that both parties are happy with the deal and any disputes can be resolved.
When an artist is represented by a gallery, he or she is required to pay a portion of the proceeds as a commission on each sold artwork. The sum varies each gallery and is generally agreed upon by both parties and made into a legally binding contract. If you are an independent artist, you will receive the whole amount.
The percentage that an artist pays depends on the agreement they make with their representative. If there is no agreement, then it's based on how much time has passed since they were last shown. At that point, they can either pay up or have their work returned. If they don't, they lose the right to see their work again until another agreement is made.
Representatives use the money they collect from artists to cover operating costs and to invest in new works by their artists. They may also distribute portions of their earnings to other artists who are not represented by other agencies.
Gallery owners benefit by having more skilled buyers come across their exhibitions. This means that they get to see your work before many other people do which helps them make decisions about what pieces to sell and which to keep.
Artists need representatives because there are just too many galleries for everyone to be able to deal with all of them directly. Representatives help artists navigate the world of commerce while earning a reasonable salary themselves.
In conclusion, artists must have representation to be able to afford it.
The charge scenic artist's responsibilities include budgeting materials and labor for all scenic elements, producing paint samples as needed, purchasing all materials for the desired finishes for the scenery, attending production meetings and other meetings as needed, scheduling paint calls, and (in collaboration with the scenic artist) preparing color charts and other reference material.
They also work closely with the technical crew to make sure that all elements are being done properly. For example, they might help with lighting calculations or prop placement if necessary.
Finally, scenic artists must be able to read drawings or models and interpret them accurately so that they can communicate their ideas to others involved in creating the scene.
Scenic artists usually have at least a high school diploma or GED, along with several years experience in the entertainment industry.
It is important for scenic artists to understand anatomy and physiology because many of them will be working with live animals on sets where they may be required to perform actions such as lifting people in and out of cars or trucks, or even placing them into real or fake injuries while shooting action scenes for television or movies.
Some companies hire senior staff members who were once actors or actresses to work as scenic artists because of their understanding of how people act under stress. These individuals often teach drama classes during their off-hours so that set personnel know that they are willing and able to perform actions that may require courage and skill.