Let’s Plan a Piece!

Commissioning a piece of artwork is a great way to add something unique and personal to your walls, and also makes for a great gift idea.  One of the first questions I’m always asked is about the price. While the answer always begins with “It depends…”, the following is an attempt at giving some simple starting points. Prices may be adjusted up if there are multiple subjects, intricate details, a rushed timeline, etc. However, the price could also be adjusted down if the subject is relatively simple or there is a lot of white space. Ultimately we’ll agree on a fair price that you are comfortable with for a piece of artwork you can be excited about.

5”x7” (for an 8”x10” mat/frame)
$275 ($350 framed)
8”x10” (for an 11”x14” mat/frame)
$500 ($600 framed)
11”x14” (for a 16”x20” mat/frame)
$800 ($1000 framed)

If you’re feeling adventurous and your image is a good candidate, we can create a truly one-of-a-kind “drawing without a border” with the 3D effect, wherein the subject has the appearance of emerging from the piece itself.

Small 3D
8”x10” piece (5”x7” primary drawing)
$500 ($575 framed)
Large 3D
11”x14” piece (7”x10” primary drawing)
$800 ($950 framed)

If you are interested in any other effects that you may have seen in my previous work, let me know and we’ll do our best to make it work!  A 50% deposit is required once the reference image is finalized and agreed upon, with the balance due upon completion.  If you have any budgeting issues, please let me know as I want art to be accessible to everyone regardless of their financial situation.


If you are local to the Calgary area, I’m more than happy to meet up or deliver your finished piece. If you require shipping, I make use of Canada Post. I insure the shipment and choose the signature-required option to give us peace-of-mind about the piece arriving in good order.


Project timelines are affected by the current workload in my queue, the size and complexity of the project, framing time, and shipping time (if applicable). Please keep your timeline in mind and get in touch as early as possible. History has shown that the more advanced planning time, the better!

Reference Images

Some artists are great at drawing from their imagination. While I sadly lack this particular talent, I pride myself on my ability to make my drawings look as close to the reference imagery as possible. The more details I can see, the more I can draw… so the higher quality image, the better! Email is the best way to send me a photo to avoid compression and preserve its quality. Please ensure that you have permission to use the reference image, but if you think this is an issue let me know and we can try our best track down the blessing of the photographer and/or subject, if need be.

OK, Let’s Do This!

If you’ve read this far, you might be interested or simply have some more questions, so please send me a message with your request. Please provide as many of the above details as possible (size, background/effects/style, framing, shipping, timeline) accompanied by a good reference image (or images), and we can get started.

If you’re not interested, perhaps you have someone in mind who might be, and I sincerely appreciate people spreading the word. Finally, please don’t forget to check out the limited edition Prints page in case you like my work but would like something more affordable than a custom piece.

Thank you for taking the time to consider a Drawings Without Borders commission, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Jim Little