Design Mart's studio can match photos and rubbings of any stone for restoration or creating additional monuments for a family's cemetery space. In most cases our studio can work right on top of your photo for an exact match. For best results you'll want to shoot the monument straight on. Photos taken at an angle are distorted, and duplications can't be precise. Here are some examples of recent work from our studio.
Prices for custom artwork vary by job, so it is difficult to set prices before seeing what is needed. Custom art can be simple or very complex. For example, we might charge about $45 (our minimum custom artwork charge) for a small logo or emblem that isn't very detailed, like the basketball pictured below. The charge might be anywhere from $175-200 for a vehicle. Scenes typically cost $150/sq.ft.
These are just ideas of what a quote may come out to for a design. Every custom design is different and prices may vary. The easiest way to get an accurate quote on custom artwork is to send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the size you will need the design to be. We'll respond with any questions we might have, send you a free quote, and get started once you approve the quote and give us the go ahead.
Any job can always be done cheaper, but we can't work that way. Quality suffers, and we want the art you buy for your customers to be the best it can be. There's a difference when a job is cheap.
Custom artwork is very time consuming work, which requires talent and attention to detail.
1. Often, several sketches and revisions are made as photos and other artwork are converted from halftone photos or tiny images - resulting in a drawing which can be sandblasted.
2. Sketches are refined; inked, scanned, and cleaned on-screen; or digitized directly on-screen. The process is determined by the nature of the image submitted and the desired size of the sandblasted work. It's just as important that an artist knows what to remove from a small piece that can't support much detail, and what to add to a larger piece where more detail is possible.
3. All the steps mentioned above are integral to the creation of a piece of artwork. If we generate a proof, we have already gone through each of the steps above. At that point several people have spent many hours (sometimes days) bringing a drawing to a point where it is finished. So, a proof isn't possible. In order to show you or your customer what the work will look like, we actually have to do the work.
4. If revisions are required after a drawing is completed, we will have to charge for our artists' time.
5. You may see samples of our work on this page, as well as on our Monument Clip Art page here. We'll be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Please email email@example.com or call 800-736-7455, and we'll be glad to help.
6. When ordering an original piece of artwork the digital file, paper or stencil is being purchased. While the purchaser owns that piece of artwork in its physical expression, the purchaser will not own the copyright associated with it. Because Design Mart is not an employee of the purchaser, the ownership remains with Design Mart, since the work was done by an artist as an employee of Design Mart. Under U.S. law 'work for hire' applies to the one (Design Mart) who hired the artist to create artwork. Design Mart is not considered an employee, and as such, the copyright remains with Design Mart. Design Mart may also copyright works as compilations. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We look forward to working for you!