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Commission Pricing Help?

:icontalondragon000:
TalonDragon000 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Everyone,

So, I've recently gotten into the swing of point commissions. I believe I started off at a fairly low price considering the amount of time I end up spending working on my commissions sometimes.

So, my prices are basically:

10 :points: head shot
20 :points: 1/2 to 3/4 body
30 :points: full body
+5 :points: per additional character
+5 :points: soft shading
+5 :points: simple background

So say, something like this would be considered 30 :points:


Am I underselling myself? I know this particular piece took me about two good days to finish. I'm also wondering if I should start offering paypal commissions, but I don't know if I'm good enough for that yet... Hmmm...

Thanks for the help! ^_^
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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
All I can say is think of all the time and effort you put into the work and the overall quality. The minimum wage in the US is $8 per hour I think so if you should compare it to that. There's also the $1=80:points:. Seeing how a lot of people don't know about :points:, you can display the charge in dollar amount and provide a link to a point converter so the person can convert it themselves so they don't immediately think the prices are too high because they aren't.
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:icontalondragon000:
TalonDragon000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True... I don't want to intimidate people with the point conversion. o.o
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:iconmetarex12:
Metarex12 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah. I think that's the best way so you don't get forced into doing work for such a ridiculously low price.
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:icontalondragon000:
TalonDragon000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm thanks! :)
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:iconlucky101212:
Lucky101212 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if this will help, but here is a link to my commissions page and you might be able to use it to help you set up your own: [link]

I think you should definitely work from $5-10 upwards. As has already been said, your prices are ridiculously low for the quality of your work.
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:icontalondragon000:
TalonDragon000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool thanks for the advice.
Your clay art is so cute btw! :D
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome and thank you :)
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Maan11j Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I certainly would say for the portrait you just posted, $5 - $7
I wouldn't make it too expensive but definitely not as low as 10 - 30 :points:
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:icontalondragon000:
TalonDragon000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm.. yeah maybe I should start small with $5 for head shots and go up in $5 to $10 increments...
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Maan11j Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, that's good.. I read the comments below, regarding $25 and such.
I wouldn't make it so low as 10 :points:
But don't make it so high as to no one will have an ability to buy it.
In a buyer's point of view, its easy to say i'd so buy it, but really think that its not worth it. Try to measure though how LONG it takes you to make ONE, cause it will really accumulate to you not having enough time and thinking what your getting payed with is not worth the time you spend on it.
Do trial and error, change them when you think you know your standard rate :D.
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