28 8 / 2014
Anonymous said: You shouldn't raise the price of your commissions at all. You make fantastic artwork for 20 dollars. It is a perfect price.
Wow I’m sorry but that made me feel really degraded. I wasn’t going to raise it to $100 or something. It’s a perfect price to a buyer, but my art isn’t worth 20 dollars but that’s not my point.
Yes I know it’s a good deal, but I’m not a robot. Even if I’m someone that “sucked” at drawing, the matter is all about the time spent on my drawings. On average it takes me 6 hours to create 20 dollars worth of a drawing. That’s like 3.3ish dollars an hour. Working all day. Possibly no sleeping until the next day. No breaks except to use the bathroom or to eat 1 cup of ramen or not eat at all. Because of the time limits I’m receiving.
Please keep in mind the only reason people ever charge 20 dollars for a commission is due of the crippling trend of amateur artists selling themselves short at those prices- a trend that artists like Rinji has to compete with. Any self respecting artist knows that is hardly an acceptable price for their works. Rinji knows that. And that is why I applaud them for raising their prices because it is our responsibility as artists to educate people like you that a 20 dollar commission is not a perfect price at all.
I hope you have learned something from this, anon, and please, never, ever assume nor determine the price of an artist’s time if you are the client and they are their own employer. The price is set by them and it is your choice to either comply or move on.
can we talk about how living wage is $15/hr?
Can we talk about how artists should have THAT as a baseline, and because they are SKILLED WORKERS IN THEIR PROFESSION, should actually be charging even more?
I charge at around $15-$20/hr. My dad’s a freelance graphic designer and has been in the industry for over 20 years; he charges $80/hr.
Rinji works at a little over $3/hr
can we talk about how the expectation for low commission prices is a issue, or…?
because $100 is NOT a ridiculous price. At ALL. That’s ~$16.60/hour for a 6 hour commission, which is cheap as hell.
I mean I get why people price the way they do; competition.
HOWEVER: Each commissioner is commissioning YOU because they like YOUR style. Usually? People are more than willing to pay more. Fuck, dude. I worked at a place that sold knife sets for like $2000/set, and people ate that shit up. People spend money on whatever they want as long as they know it’ll be quality work that they’ll enjoy.
We should really be encouraging our fellow artists to charge themselves as they would as a professional. You’re offering your services because you know your art is worth doing business with. If we’re not going to stand up for our own industry, no one will.
Agreed. I had someone just this past weekend practically run from my table when I told her it’d be at least $30 to do a new keychain from scratch and, no, I was not budging on the price. I had to explain to her that she would have to pay for the time I took to do the artwork that would go on it, for supplies required to make it, and for the actual shipment of the item to her (and the only reason I’d priced it low was because it was something generic I knew I could resell). She honestly had no clue the work that went into making them and seriously thought I’d give her the thing for the same measely $3 I charge for the stocked keychains. In direct contrast, I had another customer who happily forked over $50 for a badge and thought the pricing was fair and reasonable based on my estimate of the work involved (and shipping, naturally). And there was another who thought my work warranted more than what I’d quoted her initially, so she gave me extra and it was just a sketch. So yes, charge on what’s fair to you. Always. Even if it means you have to explain the cost breakdown sometimes because some people will be okay with that when they understand why - and if they’re not okay with that, well… you can refuse their commission guilt-free.
Whats even sadder is how many “professionals” and corporations and businesses have the same perspective as those customers who only want to pay $3 an hour. After all, isn’t art jsut something we do for fun?
11 8 / 2014
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