Let's take a moment to honor Patrick Keith (http://www.patrickkeith.com/), in my top ten list of coolest people ever.
Why? He just sculpted this bomb mini for me.
This is Kaal, my brother's aspiring dragonslayer, complete with dragonlance. Maybe one day I'll post the story of Kaal, and the artwork that accompanies him. I sketched the design for this lance back when he was starting this character out, then I had AvatarArt do a sketch with him and the lance, and now this!
As far as the process of getting a mini sculpted, it's actually quite easy. I contacted Reaper and asked if they'd do it. They informed me that they cast minis, but don't sculpt them. So they recommended some sculptors (of which Patrick was one).
Now that it's sculpted, I can have Reaper cast the mini and I keep the rights to sell them. How cool is that?