Commission Portrait by Gaia Ayres


Whether you are looking to dress up your social media avatar or commission a portrait of a friend or loved one, you can now commission a ShopColumbia artist to create a custom portrait for you in their distinct style. Choose from the various portrait options including: above the shoulders, above the waist or full body and whether you want an accompanying prop, person, animal or text.


  • Digital portrait only. Customers are welcome to print to print the portrait after completion.
  • Artist is able to create a portrait commission with the following options: portrait with a prop for an additional $15.  
  • Estimated production time frame: 7-10 days
  • Once a portrait is purchased, ShopColumbia staff will follow up to verify the commission details and request a photo or photos to provide the artists. Once completed, ShopColumbia will email the final portrait.
  • Please note that most artists are either in school or recent alumni and their availability may change at any time. If for any reason the artist is unable to complete the commission, ShopColumbia staff will refund the customer or suggest an alternate available artist.
  • If you are an academic department or business and are interested in having multiple portraits created of your staff, please email [email protected] for bulk commissions.

Artist Major: Illustration '24

Artist Statement:  I am a non-binary lesbian illustrator that hails from Maine! I'm in my freshman year of pursuing a BFA, something that eight-year-old me would be very very excited about. I grew up reading comic books and graphic novels and watching cartoons. Each one had a very distinct style, but they shared a flair for color and visual storytelling, and I think my enjoyment of that led me to the shenanigans I'm up to currently. I am most passionate about characters and like to create designs for those from podcasts and from scratch. My deep love for fantasy, adventure, general magic, and whimsy comes through in my work, as well as my want for the depiction of queer individuals/couples in such settings (I am not immune to a bit of tenderness). I get very excited about little details and fun outfits and have a wonderful time designing clothes and different looks every time I draw a character. I strive to give each work a personality, whether it's a character portrait with a simple background or a fully-realized piece. My main goal is to make things that could pop up in one of the graphic novels I would read as a kid, or, perhaps even better, the ones I read now.




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