How long does it take you to paint a commission?
It usually takes me anywhere between one and two weeks. If it's a standard 1/6 scale head paint then it will take me a week, and if it's a 1/4 scale or Premium Format sized head then it will take me up to two weeks. I've painted many Sideshow Weta Lord of the Rings statues and I generally take between two and three weeks on those. But for most head paints? It's about a week.
Is there a waiting list?
There are always more people asking for commissions that I can get through at any given time, and the speed at which I can get through them depends on the complexity of the commissions I'm working on. The short answer is yes, it just depends how long. On average it'a about six months. (if you go to the commision rates page there will be a notice at the top of the page with the current waiting list length)
How do I pay you?
All payments for my services are done through PayPal. This is a secure payment system that lets people pay using their credit or debit cards, without the need to sign up for an account.
When do I pay you?
Payment is made when I'm about to start your commission. If you've been waiting a while then I'll send you a message giving you a little warning that I'm close to being able to put your piece on my desk. Once I'm ready to go we can sort the payment out and I'll get on with your very own commission. If you're not quite ready to pay then don't worry, I can work around your finances. I'll simply get on with another commission to give you a little more time.
What if I don't like it?
Thankfully this has never happened! There have been a handful of times when I've been asked if I could make a finished commission different somehow. Maybe adding extra weathering to clothing on a satue or more splattered blood on a face. In most cases I'll do my best to work with you.
What materials do you use?
All my figure painting is done using small (often tiny!) brushes and acrylic paints. I don't use an airbrush at any stage.
Where did you learn to paint?
I'm self taught. I was always good at drawing when I was young and growing up through school, and I just picked it back up in a slightly different form as an adult. I've been painting figures for about ten years now, and I'm still finding new ways to make my work even better.
What is your process?
If you've commissioned me to repaint a figure or statue that's maybe a popular movie character, then I'll go online and gather as many different reference photos as I can. All different angles, with as many close ups as I can. I'll also watch whatever show or film your figure is in, so I can get a real feel for the character when they're talking etc. I'll probably take some screen shots myself at key moments during the film. Then when I'm painting I'll have dozens of these photos up on both my computer screens in front of me while I paint. I'll use these to get the details right, and also the 'feel' of the character. It's far more important to me that the head FEELS like the person we know off the screen. This is usually the hardest part in a repaint, and the thing I focus most of my attention on.
Can you sign my figure/statue base/anything?
Of course! I always include a signed card anyway with all commissions, but I've been asked quite a few times to sign either the base of a statue, or the package of an action figure. I'm happy to do this. Just ask!
*more FAQs will be added as I think of them