Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Commission Information ~ By Request


Thanks to all who have asked about commissions.   

I do accept commissions and I enjoy doing them, actually - if the timing happens to be right (that is, if I'm not on a particularly tight deadline). 

Above are some samples of commissions I've done over the last few years. One of the reasons I enjoy doing them is that it gives me the opportunity to create work that not only pleases the buyer, but will be something I can use myself - to show off on my Tumblr and Blog, and eventually perhaps be published in a book of my artwork (one of the above commissions appears in my latest book).  I also use this fact to reassure buyers that they will be getting something special and not a mere sketch or something that looks as though it was done in my spare time.  I always do a professional job -- and I'm often much more proud of commissions than illustration assignments.  

Prices can be flexible/negotiable, but I usually go by the following guide:

1) Black & white art --  

All black & white drawings done on commission are finished, professional drawings -- not sketches.  I don't accept commissions for sketches, because I don't like to charge for sketches.

Small (9"x12" or so) black & white line drawing of a single figure without a (detailed) background --  $80.
Small (9"x12" or so) to large (11" x 14") black & white line drawing of more than one figure, or of figures with a moderately detailed background -- prices range from $120. -- $250.  The price depends on the size, how many figures there are, how detailed the background is and what the figures are doing.  

NOTE:  I don't do black & white ink commissions larger than 11" x 14".  

2) Color art --

Small (9"x12" or so) full color watercolor & ink art of a single figure with simple "wash" background -- prices range from $100. -- $120.
Small (9"x12" or so) full color watercolor & ink art of more than one figure or of figures with a detailed background -- prices range from $120 -- $220.

Larger (11"x14" or so) full color watercolor & ink art of one of two figures with a simple background --  $175. - $250.
Larger (11"x14" or so) full color watercolor & ink art -- of whatever you may imagine -- prices range from $250 -- $600.
Any larger color artwork -- $500. - on up ----

 Please use the above price list as a rough guide. If you have an idea in mind we can discuss how best to do it and what the appropriate price would be. I always do my best to be as fair as possible with prices. When telling me your idea(s), please feel free to be either as detailed or as vague as you like. Either way is fine with me.

Commissions must be paid for up front, before the work can begin. After payment is made you will usually have your art in one to two months. You can feel free to keep in touch with me while you are waiting -- I don't mind giving progress reports at all. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. I've tried to cover just about all the usual questions above, but I know there are often more that need to be asked in regards to the art you wish to have done. Also, this info has been cut & pasted a few times, so my apologies if it seems repetitive. If  I've left anything out, don't hesitate to let me know.

Thanks again for asking!
Richard Sala
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It's Here! ~ The new book: VIOLENZIA & Other Deadly Amusements

In some stores DECEMBER 2 ~ then available everywhere by DECEMBER 7.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

"It was a dark and silly night..." with Lemony Snicket

First 4 pages of an 8 pages story from a book in the LITTLE LIT series called IT WAS A DARK AND SILLY NIGHT (all somewhat spooky stories for kids). The story was written by Lemony Snicket and I did the art. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I did this strip as a tribute to the girl sleuth/Nancy Drew character (which I grew up being very fond of -- there was a large collection of Nancy Drew and similar books in our house, owned by my siblings). It was just a one-shot, just a lark. It was before other "re-imaginings" like "Veronica Mars" or whatever, came along. My "interpretation" of the girl sleuth character was that she would have to be a little bit crazy and obsessive. (Looking back, this is kind of her “origin story.”).

Then the art was hanging in a comic art show in San Francisco and at the opening, my friend Randall Ann was reading it on the wall. I walked up to her and she turned to me and said "I want to read more about Judy Drood!" And that was all it took. I wrote two books with Judy - Mad Night and The Grave Robber's Daughter. Sometimes you just need someone to ask you.