Some places to start when searching for an artist include deviantart.com or carbonmade.com if you’re looking for a wide variety of artists who work in different styles. Commissioning an artist to paint a picture is not like shopping at a department store and requires some research.
These sites permit the commissioner to view different styles of artwork to decide what he is looking for in an artist. They also provide profiles and contact information on artists.
Once the commissioner selects an artist, the next step is to make contact. Most artists online operate via email. Essential questions for this initial contact should include: Are you currently accepting commissions? Are you interested in creating this type of work (in this case, a picture of Jesus)? What would you charge for this piece?
Once it is established that the artist wants to take on the work, the parties need to draw up a contract. In the modern world of technology, emails may function as a contract and should be treated as full legal contracts. The commissioner may also ask for a hard copy of a contract.
Contract details should include the names of each party, date of the agreement, what the artist is being hired to do (a portrait, a full color illustration, sizes, format, etc.), milestone dates, final deadline, how the artist should deliver the image should be delivered, and cost (base, fees, shipping charges and payment format).