It’s fine if you don’t value my time the way that I value my time. But at least I don’t send passive-aggressive, anonymous messages to artists through the internet like a coward.
Have a stellar day! :)
These kinds of messages burn me up.
The $40 option here isn’t a “sketch,” they’re actually fully realized line drawings, and if you’re doing that kind of work for a client, I might spend between two and four hours on something like it. I do my pricing a little differently, but it does come out analogously to the prices listed on Katy’s commission post.
So if I budget my time, I would typically complete this sort of commission between two and three hours, coming out somewhere between $30 and $45. This means I’m probably working at about fifteen dollars an hour.
A typical forty-hour work week at fifteen bucks an hour over a period of 26 pay periods at an entry-level job in your run-of-the-mill for-profit organization comes out to about $31,000ish annually after a bachelor’s degree, which is just under the bottom rung of what we would consider the American middle class (even though it’s a huge, vague guesstimate, most studies place the bottom rung at about 30-35k).
But also bear in mind that if you’re doing free-lance work, you don’t have the predictable income of a salaried job, so artists don’t often get up to that forty hours. So for skilled artists, long dry spells are sometimes kind of disastrous on the budget, and to lower our prices to make them seem more accessible damages a sustainable creative market overall in the long run, especially for working professional artists with a degree - a degree that most of us presumably need to pay off for the majority of our lives. This is especially worrisome if we’re new and we haven’t built a regular clientele.
So messages like these aren’t even saying that we don’t deserve compensation for our time, our training, and our skills. They’re basically telling artists that our time and expertise isn’t even worth the investment of our standard education.
$40 for even slightly more realized pieces is pretty modest.
[218/500] Flawless Red Carpet Looks
Emma Stone at the “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” Photo Call in Rome (April 14, 2014)
James McAvoy looking gorgeous in InStyle May 2014 promoting his multi-award winning performance in ‘Filth’ being released in the US on VOD on 4/24 and in select theaters starting 5/30
photos by Matthew Brookes
Look for it in stores soon.
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It’s been ten minutes why am I still laughing
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THEN EXPLAIN THIS