Russell Bogdan has more than 25 years of experience designing custom paintings and murals for private and commercial spaces. Using both traditional and contemporary themes, he will create scenes in his studio, as movable installations for long term investment or travel to paint on location. Having an architectural background gives him a greater awareness of the complexities of custom designing large scale work for interior spaces, particularly when it comes to drawing elevations, working in and around niches and built-ins, or fabricating custom moldings and frames.
Consultations are usually free of charge for local clients. For mural commissions, after discussing the overall scope of the project, decisions clients might consider in advance include a preferred theme and subject matter. Thoughts on color (ie. as relating to existing decor) are also helpful. Clients should also consider whether they'r interested in creating a surround atmosphere, comprised of multiple wall treatments, or a single, isolated scene (that may even be movable). For new home construction (in progress) its important to be objective and flexible. Be mindful of making permanent, design decisions. For example, when considering ‘built-ins’ (ie. cabinetry and shelving), the client might consult with their architect about the possibility of reserving a space for a picture installation, which might form a rectangle, circle, arch, etc.
While its helpful to have a budget in advance, pricing options will be offered upon the initial meeting. Once he’s seen the location, (photos may suffice for out of state clients) Russell is usually able to provide a ballpark quote. Variables naturally will depend on size, detail and ease of work environment for 'on site' work.
If the client only has a vague idea of what they'd like, a deposit may not be necessary for Russell to further brainstorm with them while creating rough sketches (at no obligation) and sharing sample references for inspiration. Once he has sufficient information, he will submit a formal estimate and projected timeline. For original compositions, upon receipt of a 'design deposit,’ Russell will create a finished drawing and color study, prior to painting stage. This way, both he and his patrons are able to clearly envision how the completed work will appear. This generally resolves any mystery or questions about the project and allows Russell to proceed with confidence. He prides himself on clear communication and thorough preparations which is why he’s never had a mural rejected somehow upon completion.
While Russell keeps all original designs and color studies, a copy of these (paid for) designs will be given to the client for approval before. At this stage there is still no obligation to continue with Russell into the painting stage if the client has second thoughts (although the right to use the design may not be transferable without the use of a licensing agreement).