There´s only one way to know... Maybe you are not ready to work professionally yet, but you never know what people want. There might be a lot of people interested in a commission from you. Letting them know that you do them makes it easier for them to ask.
I'm at this point myself. I'd say go for it and just start advertising. Sadly though, I can't help with prices. I'm trying to find a good place to ask people what they think would be reasonable actually. Best way to find out is from possible future customers.
I figured for prices I'd start lowish, and see how that goes, or just discuss it with people, staying with in a certain range, since some art requires more than others. Two different people could ask for a lineart commission, but one could be far more complexe than another.
I like that line of thinking, but I lack the confidence to follow through with it.
Thank you though. I might try this, and see what happens. All else fails, nothing happens, and I just end up with free time. Oh shucky-darn.
I think I get too caught up in details. I just figured things would be more organized and professional. I need to remember this is art, which is usually relaxed and sort of free living, in a way. <rambles>
I've been thinking about this for quite a while now, not about art specifically, but the same principals still apply. You don't have to be the best artist to get commissions. As with any type of online business(using that term loosely), you have to get your product out to as many places as possible. Facebook, twitter, your livestreams and Youtube are all good places to start. Put your DA account in your pics and do your best to make sure all those different accounts have the same name, unified "Branding" is very important. You need to find a customer base and make sure your art is easy to find. Your work has improved dramatically since I've known you, we both know it isn't perfect, but it is easily good enough to warrant some commissions, you just need to get yourself out there in as many places as possible.
Thank you so much. This is an interesting, and insanely helpful take on it. You're right, it is about getting out there and finding customers. I think I'm just too self-conscious to take that step. I've done some things, FB page, DA account, unified name on them both.
I might give it a try, get a twitter(donotwant), update and tweak my tumblr.
I would highly recommend Twitter, it has become a great way to get news, and a really convenient way for people to talk to each other, and if you have those live stream videos saved someplace, posting them to Youtube could be both a good way to get your stuff out there, and maybe even a source of ad revenue if you can qualify to be a Youtube partner. Same can be done with live streams, but I'm not very familiar with how that works.
1. Are the commissons worth your time? (e.g. if you take two hours on a drawing and you are charging $10, you are working slave wages. The amount of time it takes me to do a drawing vs the amount I reckon I would need to charge to make it worth my time isn't viable, so I dont' do commissons yet.) 2. Do you have a selling point? (A unique style? Consistent quality? Ability to do lots of poses?) 3. Do you have contacts/an audience in mind? Who are you planing to sell to? (Usually OC commissions on DA)
If you are just doing it for fun, then just make up an ad and post in Projects and see where it goes!
Honestly, getting $10 for 2 hours of work would be making more than I make right now(which is $2 an hour, roughly 9 hours a day, mon-fri). If I could manage my time, I wouldn't mind doing cheap commissions, but again, I'm clueless to pricing (sketch, lineart, color, etc). I know some people just have a rough idea of a price, then they just negotiate it with the client, which doesn't seem too bad of an idea(since every drawing is different, they all have different demands, so to speak).
Is it a good idea to start with art trades/mild requests to get a feel for the exchange between artist and commissioner? I imagine the practice wouldn't hurt, but I wonder if it wouldn't have it a little harder to them switch to commissions.
I baby sit for my cousin, atm. Better than nothing, though like everyone in the world, I could use more money. XD
I've done some art trades before, and drawn gifts for people, but it's almost always something done with friends, so, it's a lot less professional than what it would need to be, to be compared to commissions.
Oh right. I was thinking it was like a part-time job and I was like "has your employer never heard of the minimum wage??" Sure, if it's just for some extra money then go for it! (I've got a slightly different perspective being a qualified graphic designer)
Maybe have a look in projects. There are always people looking to trade. and also people looking for their OCs to get drawn.