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Private Commissions | Private Commission Gallery

Private Commission Guidelines


I can produce a work sight unseen or work from your suggestions. Most of my clients will give me a basic idea (a fetish, a situation, a character, another piece of mine that they liked) and I'll develop it from there (please see below for examples). I reserve the right to use as much or as little of these suggestions as I see fit.

My acceptence of a portrait commission is based entirely on how closely the subject of the portrait physically conforms to the aesthetic established in my existing body of work. I don't do erotic portraits of celebrities. If I accept a portrait commission, you will need to send me several photographs of the person I'll be drawing. Please let me know if you want them returned along with the finished portrait.


Black and white pieces are drawn in ink on acid-free bristol stock. Color pieces are done in acrylic and ink on illustration board. All are signed, titled, and dated on the reverse side.

Base sizes/prices are as follows:

08 x 10 - b+w $350 - color $500
11 x 14 - b+w $450 - color $650
14 x 17 - b+w $550 - color $800
18 x 24 - b+w $700 - color $1000


Prices are adjusted according to how complicated the subject matter is. Diptychs and triptychs are calculated using the sizes and prices above per panel.

All payment is in advance in US funds.

The following forms of payment are acceptable:

Cash, check (personal or bank), money order, or wire by Western Union in US funds only. (Check or money order should be made out to Michael Manning.)

A bank transfer is also acceptable if you are prepared to pay the transfer charge (usually $20-25 US).

I now accept PayPal payments!

You can use your credit/debit card to make electronic purchases using the PayPal system. Please let me know if you would like to use this payment option when you place your order.

Send check or money order payment to:

Z/Xero Image
attn - Michael Manning
1250 Long Beach Avenue (#323)
Los Angeles CA 90021


I do not ordinarily work under deadline. Pieces will be finished when they are finished. However, if you are commissioning a piece as a gift for someone and want it by a certain date, I am willing to discuss terms and price.


After the commissioned work is completed, you will be notified as to the cost of several shipping options. I recommend one of the following:

Federal Express (Overnight is fastest/2nd Day is most economical)
US Post (Overnight)
USPS Global Priority (letter-size international packages/flate rate/uninsured)

I recommend that you insure your package for the FULL VALUE of the artwork.

Please remember that Federal Express cannot ship to a PO Box address and that all carriers may have restrictions for international orders.

International clients must be prepared to pay any additional taxes or fees that may be incurred importing artwork. Please check with your local postal authority.


Please note that I reserve all rights to reproduce commissioned works in all media and to borrow them for public exhibition. I would only exercise the latter right in the case of a major exhibition/retrospective at a museum or similar venue. I do not borrow pieces from client's private collections for gallery shows.

Please also note that a commissioned work is for private exhibition only and may not be used for commercial purposes or reproduced in any media without my prior approval. Loaning a commissioned work for public exhibition is acceptable so long as I am informed in advance and approve of the venue.

If a commission is sold at a later date, I must be notified in advance of the sale and reserve the right to receive 25% of the total price paid with all rights and responsibilities as above transfered to the new owner.

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