Cullen's personal blog. Here there be sketches, One Piece, pretty pictures, cosplay, and lots of pink/cute/awesome/funny things.
I’ve see so many ridiculously low commission posts on this site lately. At least half a dozen today alone.
Y’all need to be charging way more for your work. Because things like this drag people’s price expectations down and then they’ll start expecting to get fully rendered paintings for less than $15 (a price I did actually see this morning). So it creates a sense of entitlement for prices that low and also reinforces the idea that all artists can’t make living wage off their work. And that is not cool.
You should price your pieces at least minimum wage per hour of work put into them, don’t turn commissions into slave labor. This is how some artists make a living. And even if art is just your hobby, don’t undersell yourself! You’ve spent years training to get those skills, charge for it. I’m not saying suddenly jump to professional illustrator big bucks, but make those commissions worth your work time. If someone whines to you about reasonable rates being too expensive, too bad so sad, you don’t owe them anything.
I did the fully rendered traditional drawing spent 5-8 hours on it for $12 thing as a teenager. Don’t do it. You’ll just be bitter and grouchy about it later. For me, I am by now means an amazing artist, but I’ve been drawing for over ten years and two of those have included very expensive art school training, so I feel like I should price accordingly. Your time and skills are precious, don’t let them go cheaply.
Preach it, friend.
I don’t open for commissions often on Tumblr for this reason. The only time I offer lower-priced commissions is at conventions when I have to get things churned out quickly. A fully rendered painting with a difficult pose and a background is going to cost you, but I guarantee you will be happy with your result. I don’t get repeat customers for nothing.
I really want to be productive and make cosplay/art progress, but this cough is making me pretty miserable. I’ve been sick for three days now. I should be feeling better. Summer colds suck.