The Deets

Terms, Prices & Scheduling of My Hired Design Work
By reading this page you agree to these terms if ever engaged in a project with myself, Michael Leavitt (aka 'ReMike'), at any time in the future. Two things will make this whole transaction awesome: I am paid what I ask when I ask; and our correspondances are timely and polite. If I happen to be naturally inspired by the project our transaction will undoubtedly produce great results.

'Commissioner' or 'You' : The person paying for the work to be commissioned.
'Figure', 'Piece' or 'Project' : The actual painting, sculpture or figure to be made as a custom commission.
'I', 'Me' or 'Myself' : Michael Leavitt, the artist who will be creating the piece.
'$' : All prices below are in $ US Dollar currency.

Input. Any and all input is only given up-front, before any work begins. After work has begun, alterations or revisions are not made on any piece based on external input, unless it is a prototype for production and work is billed at an hourly rate. I need photos and ideas on how the figure should look. Good head shots and full body shots suffice for photos. Minor instructions are acceptable for custom commissions: no more than 1 paragraph, 4 lines of text, or 6 sentences, whichever comes first at size 12 font.

In-Progress. A preliminary sketch can be done only as a courtesy, not to be used for approval or contingency to book a potential commission. No other progress reports or in-progress photos are otherwise communicated while the project is being done. If progress reports or photos must be sent, the labor to do this and/or execute requests for additional work is billed at $45/hour. If your response occurs more than 2 hours from when I send these in-progress reports or photos, your feedback is voided and work on the project continues unabated.

Price Ranges for Custom Sculptures and Figures. 3 to 7 inches (7-18cm) tall: $1,500 to 2,400. 8 to 10 inches (18-26cm) tall: $2,400 to 4,900. 11 to 12 inches (26-30cm) tall: $4,900 to 7,500. 12 to 24 inches (30cm-61cm) tall: $7,500 to 15,000. 24 to 48 inches (61cm-1.3m) tall: $15,000 to 30,000. Please specify which you are interested in with your correspondence. Other design projects, options and sculptures are also available to hire.

Payment. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required for any commission work to start. No work begins without a deposit payment, including any work that is expected to be expedited. The prices above can include the glass display dome and labeled base, or hand-made plastic blister package. Prices are based on the figure's size, complexity, and accessories. Once a size has been chosen, a price is quoted. Final payments, as any difference owed after deposits, must be paid in full within 3 weeks or 15 business days of notification that the piece is finished. As soon as it has been notified that the piece has been finished, the 3 weeks/15 business days for final payment begin. All effort will be made to communicate the expected date of completion in order to plan final payments. If a final payment is not made, all ownership and intellectual property rights of the piece is relinquished. Payment installments can be arranged by special circumstance at $200 minimum per payment, so long as the final payment is made before delivery of the finished piece. PayPal or check payments are accepted. PayPal payments are made directly to leavittmichael (at) gmail (dot) com

Pictures of Finished Pieces. Unless extenuating circumstances or extra payments provide for 'In-Progress' reports as described above, photographs of a finished piece are not sent before delivery of the piece or final payment. Once the piece is finished, it is shipped and delivered before images or photos are released. If any pictures are sent as a courtesy before final payment, these photos are not used as a contingency to delay or hold final payment in any way. Upon request, any and all photos I take of the finished piece will be sent to you after the piece is delivered and the final payment is made. Intellectual property rights to these images are outlined below under 'Reproductions'.

Deadlines. Depending on scheduling and the piece's complexity, 12 to 16 weeks can generally be expected for a piece to be done and delivered. Exact delivery dates may be arranged by special circumstance. If delivery is expected for a specific event, the piece will be done and delivered well in advance. Requests for in-progress updates on meeting these deadlines are not accepted. If less than 12 weeks lead-time is expected see 'Expedited Deadlines' below.

Expedited Deadlines.
All expedited deadlines of 12 (twelve) weeks or less cost 2X (double) to 4X (quadruple) the 'Price Ranges' listed above. This extra cost may be determined after completion depending on the piece's complexity and my work demand at the time of the project. PLEASE NOTE: I only work on a 1 (one) month or less deadline with an automatic $3,500 urgency fee added to the intitial deposit before I start work. This non-refundable $3,500 is added to the expedited deadline cost above and all other fees or costs associated with hiring me for a project. Projects with less than a 2 (two) week deadline are only possible under extenuating circumstances and billed on a case-by-case basis. Any project with less than a 1 (one) week deadline is not possible.

Shipping and Delivery. The U.S.P.S. will not be used for mailing checks, or U.S. domestic shipping of any kind. UPS or Fed Ex ONLY. Personal checks and shipments have been lost by U.S.P.S. too many times. You pay for all shipping costs. This is added to the total project cost. All efforts are made to reduce shipping costs though extra shipping costs may be necessary for insurance, fragile packing or expedited delivery. If in the Seattle area, I can arrange delivery of the piece in person.

Repairs, Maintenance and Alterations. Repairs, maintenance, and alterations can be done on a piece already delivered. Labor is billed at $50/hour. The buyer/commissioner pays for all shipping costs, to and from. Buyer/commissioner assumes all responsibility for any damages in transit to deliver the piece for repairs or alterations.

Editions. A multiple of any figure may be arranged, but only at full price of the original. I'm equipped to do only rudimentary plastic casting at best, basically requiring as much labor for a plastic edition as a clay edition sculpted again from scratch. I'm not a factory. I only have two hands. I don't have interns, employees or contracts with Chinese manufacturors. Unfortunately I am not the person to contact for making large editions of plastic or vinyl toys. Multiple editions of a singular figure are priced according to the tedium of their labor.

Reproductions. As commissioner of a custom artwork, you own and are responsible for certain intellectual property. Though you may have rights and responsibilities to the likeness of a person depicted in the piece, you do not necessarily have full rights to reproductions of the piece itself. My artistic depiction of a subject holds a different set of IP rights than the subject itself. The rights to any 3-dimensional or 2-dimensional reproductions of the piece, including photos, prints, castings, or machine-manufactured multiples, are negotiated separately or purchased outright. A license or price is negotiated depending on the reproduction's application. The additional cost of reproduction rights for commercial use vary greatly depending on the application of the license. For example, a licensing fee is higher if you're hiring me to sculpt a prototype for a product to sell at retail outlets. For another example, a licensing fee is lower if you're hiring me to sculpt a portrait of yourself to photograph for a few calendars or t-shirts. The more editions need to be made, the more labor is needed for design and quality control. Depending on these kinds of applications, this additional cost can range from 20 percent to 2X (double) the final price. This additional cost is added to the final payment. A royalty percentage can also be negotiated to share, use, or acquire intellectual property rights of my work. Royalties can range from 5 to 30 percent of sales. To negotiate a royalty or license, an extended discussion on the use and application of the reproductions may be needed. My rights to use images of the piece as promotional, educational, and other non-commercial material as part of my artist portfolio and archive are shared indefinitely.

Michael Leavitt
Vashon, WA
2(oh)6 853 (oh)925
leavittmichael (at) gmail (dot) com

Updated October 5, 2017