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. This is a contract for goods, not services. Common types of work-for-hire contracts don't apply. Think of me like you're ordering one custom meal, not hiring a personal chef. Three circumstances help us avoid un-fun things and keep our transaction fun: 1) I am paid what I ask when I ask, 2) interactions and correspondances are timely and polite, and 3) I'm naturally inspired by the project. The 3rd circumstance isn't required, just highly suggested to produce best results.

'Commissioner' or 'You' : The person paying for the work to be commissioned.
'Figure' or 'Piece' : 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 will not be made on any piece based on external input, unless it is a prototype for production and work is billed at an hourly rate. All I need is photos and simple ideas on how the figure should look. A couple good head shots and a full body shot suffice for photos. Only minor instructions are accepted 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 will be otherwise communicated while the commission is being executed. If feedback or requests for progress reports or photos must be addressed, the labor to respond and/or execute requests for additional work will be billed at $45/hour. An absolute 1-hour maximum turn around time to respond to progress reports may be negotiated by special circumstance.

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 will begin 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 will be quoted. Final payments, as any difference owed after deposits, must be paid in full within 3 weeks or 15 business days (whichever provides more time) of notification that the piece is finished. 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 will be relinquished. Payment installments can be arranged by special circumstance at $100 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 as protocol before delivery of the piece or final payment. 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'.

Expedited Deadlines. Expedited commissions will cost 2X (double) to 4X (quadruple) the 'Price Ranges' listed above.
This is an extra fee added to the final cost. It may be determined after completion, depending both on the piece's complexity and the work demand at the time of the deadline. An expedited commission is defined as a piece that is expected to be delivered by a specific date less than 12 weeks from the deposit payment. For projects to be expedited less than a week from the deposit payment, costs will be estimated on a case-by-case basis.

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 will be added to the total commission cost at the time delivery, to be paid as part of the final payment. All efforts will be made to reduce shipping costs. If in the Seattle area, I can deliver or pick-up the piece in person. Depending on scheduling and the piece's complexity, they can be expected done and delivered in 12 to 16 weeks. 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 of the event day. Requests for in-progress updates on meeting these deadlines will not be acknowledged. If less than 12 weeks lead-time is expected, a higher price may be quoted to expedite (see 'Expedited Deadlines' above). Once the piece is finished, it will be shipped and delivered before any images or photos are released. As soon as it's been notified that the piece has been finished, the 2 weeks/10 business days for final payment begin.

Repairs, Maintenance and Alterations. Repairs, maintenance, and alterations can be done on any piece already delivered. Labor will be 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 will be priced according to the tedium of their labor.

Reproductions. As commissioner of a custom artwork, you will own and be responsible for certain intellectual property. Though you may have rights and responsibilities to the likeness of a person depicted in the piece, you will 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 will be 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 July 20, 2017