THINGS THAT MAY ALTER PRICES TO BE CHARGED
- Outdoor Projects - If the project site is in a rainy area or experiences long winters, the time to execute projects may be reduced. Outdoor projects can adversely effect paint and either speed up or slow drying times, or worse yet, freeze your paint and ruin it.
- Indoor Projects - If you're working in a commercial local, you may only be able to work a few hours per day. This can seriously reduce production time. Certain paints can cause a number of problems, smell, overspray etc.
- Experience - Which assumes a higher degree of skill, would mean faster execution of the same work done by a less experienced artist. This would mean that at the same price, the artist is making more money per unit of time than one less experienced for the same mural. The contradiction to this though is that the less experienced artist simply stops at a certain stage because he can't effectively complete it to a higher degree of finish. The more experienced or skilled artist knows how to carry out these additional steps but although he may have completed the first portion very quickly he may find time spent on the finishing portion eating up this advantage. This is a good reason for charging more and for the client to be willing to pay more.
- Local - Because of economic status, some areas are naturally more expensive or less expensive than other areas. If an artist has to travel to these areas to do work, he is reimbursed for his travel and living expenses in accord with those conditions. If he doesn't live there, there is really no reason to charge more for the work itself once his other expenses are met.
- Height - High murals can add considerable time and danger to a project and will effect the total price depending on the project. One often must pay a crew to install and remove the scaffolding, making sure it is secured to the wall, filling lag-bolt holes afterwards etc. Foot, pet and automobile traffic below is also a major concern.
- Style - You may want something befitting of a storybook illustration or a simple, flat, 2-D graphic design. You may be after expressive abstraction , or splatter art. Perhaps any less than Rembrandt is unacceptable. A small 4' X 6' mural can take 2 hours or several weeks depending on the level of detail desired. Time and materials are widely varied from job to job and reflected in the quote.
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can you paint people? – Yes, I can paint anything. Sports figures? – Yes, anything. Actors? – Yes, anything.
2. Can you paint landscapes? – Yes, I can paint anything.
3. Can you paint cartoon characters? – Yes, I can paint anything.
4. I live in a rainforest in Borneo and wish to have a Moorish temple painted in my kitchen, the architecture of which looks distinctly Zhejiang, can you do that? – Yes, I can paint ANYTHING.
5. I had a mural painter do some work that I'm unsatisfied with, can you elevate it to a more sophisticated level? - Yes, I can do that too.