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EmmaLee

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on: January 06, 2020, 02:04:44 PM
What are my rights as an artist with the prints of my artwork based on commission photos? Am I allowed to sale prints in the form of greeting cards and such? I don’t think I ever will, but I’d like to know if I’m allowed. The photos come from the clients, so does that mean once I give them the painting I have no rights to use the artwork again?
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Cath

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Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 08:52:15 PM
A good question Emma Lee. That is something that has been in my mind since selling my first painting .
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Reply #2 on: January 06, 2020, 09:23:06 PM
I wouldn't make prints etc. of a commissioned painting.
Although the copyright on the painting normally remains with you, commissions are a grey area because the client has asked you to create something specific according to their direction / idea or photo so also has claim to the originality of the artwork in the same way as somebody that commissions a ghost writer to write them a story.

From another perspective - commissions normally have a lot of emotional value attached to them so would you be happy seeing the artists selling prints to Joe Soap and his friend of this artwork that means so much to you?
What I suggest you do if you really do want to sell prints of a commissioned artwork is to ask permission from the owner of the artwork. If they say it is okay, get it in writing. They may ask for a percentage of sales, which in my opinion would be warranted.

The better option is to create unique artworks that you never sell which can only be purchased as prints. That way you don't devalue your originals as they remain unique and the prints are exclusive. O0


EmmaLee

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Reply #3 on: January 06, 2020, 10:36:25 PM
Ok, thank you. I pretty much figured that was going to be the answer. I have so many commission paintings that I’m really proud of, and not so many original artworks. Maybe my goal for 2020 should be to create more non-commission pieces. Thanks again for the answer!
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Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 07:21:07 PM
I just posted this elsewhere for you, but it is relevant here too so will copy and paste it:

"Tip - do a few paintings you can hang in places where animal lovers hang out, then stick your card below the painting, or even better paint your contact details and a short sentence onto the canvas. For example you could write "Have your pet painted like this, call EmmaLee on 123-1234" "