One of the services I offer in my line of work is to create Renderings.
A Rendering is an image of the chosen design of a work of art. In classical art, the rendering is often a quick sketch that included dimensions, materials, production notes and reminders of details that would be necessary for the client to review and approve.
We first start with a description, usually sent to me in an email or described over the phone. Before the internet I would often meet with the client in a coffee shop or other such place and bring my sketch book. After a sketch or two we then settle on shape and other details of the piece: ring sizes when applicable, dimensions are a must; the kind of materials: jewelry is often bronze, silver or gold; sculptures in Terra-Cota or Bronze. Mirrors tend to be cast in aluminum then chromed before the glass is cut and inset.
Now I use my website: after the client gives me the description and should they want to contract a rendering, I create a private page for the client to review and approve the image and the page is left in place for the client to purchase the piece.
Once the image is approved, the piece is purchased on their private page and the work of creating the piece is begun.
Some prefer to create their own sketches or submit other images to be used as guidelines; this is fine, however notes should be included to either make the piece exactly like the client’s image or to develop the design into a new direction. I would always prefer that this very important step of design be included in the creation of a piece. Leaving jewelry, sculpture or mirror commissions up to simply written descriptions can create misunderstandings and revisions in the final work that can (at times) lead to re-creating the piece entirely.
For more information about renderings, commissions, custom orders or how I make jewelry may be found in my Custom Page.