I have never commissioned art before. I like to leave the ideas to the artists. Today, I picked up the first piece I commissioned though. Let me explain. I was checking out my friend Todd's art blog back in 2012 and there were some pieces I really liked and thought would be great for the crib. Todd's style reminds me of Quentin Blake, which of course I'm a fan of. I discovered Blake after reading several of Roald Dahl's books. I would like to write a children's book like Dahl some day. (The BFG is my fav). Blake's work so perfectly compliments the whimsy Dahl.
Anyways' Todd's work is fun. I really like the watercolors he does of animals. I sent an email out to Todd to see if any of those were for sale. I wanted to support a friend and I like watercolors. I appreciate them mainly because I've tried to watercolor and it is hard! Nothing is ever permanent with watercolor until the painting is dry and done. They are fragile in a way. Only most skilled painters pull of a good watercolor. Todd is one of those painters. He replied with the suggestion that he would do a commission of anything I wanted. I decided to have him do a scene from imagination, which I plan to use in a fantasy novel I have forever been working on. I've been going through some writer's block, but this piece has me inspired to write again. Thanks Todd! Todd is also a kickass comic artist. Check out his Web comic.