I'm not really sure what this is supposed to mean, that my art isn't good enough for commissions or that I'm not ready for it? I'm kinda looking for helpful crit on what I should be doing here. Someone came out and asked me if I'd make a picture for them, I haven't been advertising that I'm doing commissions.
I see. Well I can certainly understand why you may think that, though I've been asked for my art when it looked like this [link] I used to have an art shop and get asked for my art quite often. I only closed it because I didn't have the time for it, I was leaving for 2 months without internet. That was at the beginning of the year, and I just never open a new shop, being busy with other things.
Are you serious? How is anyone supposed to get started taking commissions if they wait until they're "professional" quality? By then they would just be ripe for getting ripped off if they'd never even attempted to negotiate with a commissioner before. By the way - I don't think it's ever fair to ask people to do work for free, that's done on a volunteer/charity basis and nobody should ever be told that their work isn't worth anything. Way to be an ass.
You should definitely NOT use dA as a reference for how to price your commissions. Generally dA has a really really watered down price range - partly because there are so many people trying to get commissions, and partly because people without a lot of skill sell their work stupid cheap just to get a commission. I would start with a number you think is fair for the amount of time that you spend on an average piece, and then add on for any material cost/shipping, or rush order accordingly. Honestly it's kind of a balance game. I started out with prices on the low end of what I was willing to accept, and got way to many commissions, which indicated that I needed to raise my prices - and I just raise them a little bit every time I find myself getting too many people wanting to commission me.
Yeah thats the problem, I don't even know where to start for the amount of time and effort I spend on them. I've only recently started to really showcase my artwork and haven't gotten asked for commissions since quite a while ago, when my art wasn't nearly as good. And the other sites I did commissions on didn't use currency bought with real money. I have had it where I've gotten way too many commissions though so I really don't want that to happen again as I'm not good at working on a ton of projects in a rushed time period. Just any idea for a good starting point at least? >.<
Well you said 2-3 hours is what you spent on your last drawing - so I would think about what minimum wage is around where you live, and maybe bump that up a dollar or two and hour (like where i live, if you spent 3 hours on something at like..$8 an hour or so, that $24). Then depending on how many commissions you get with those prices I would raise or lower accordingly. By the way - ignore ~HereticHesh, he's got somethin up his butt.