Lawl so true... :I I feel like some people looking for artists on DA have absolutely no respect to artist's hard work. They think we are maggots and we are gonna be happy if someone will pay us 1$ for a hours of hard work. What the hell :T
although while we're at it... i do have something to rant about, but this doesn't just apply here, it can also apply to the projects forum XD i can't stand it when people say "looking for an artist to help me with a comic!! it's an action comic and i will split profit 50/50. note me if interested" and they barely explain anything about the project. what style do they want or not want? what's the story about? how long is the story? how old are the characters? does the story have mature content? what time period does the story take place in? are you planning to print and sell? how much will the artist get to decide character designs ad plot? are there any deadlines? argh it annoys me when people are not specific about what they're looking for. they assume people will note them and be interested in a project THAT THEY KNOW ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT. everyone, stop automatically assuming people are interested in your project!!! >__<
while i understand your point, please consider the other side of this argument too. some artists rarely/never get commissioned and would be happy to do one for a low price, even if other artists don't want something that low. (yes i'm an example... but don't make this about me because i am definitely not the only one like this!!) obviously not something as ridiculous as your post, but still. i totally understand why some artists are willing to work for a low price. whoever has been able to sell commissions for a higher price... just consider yourself lucky!! some people haven't been able to achieve that yet!
and also, the OTHER other side of the argument is that not everyone has lots of money to pay an artist. while it's fair for artists who see a low-priced commission offer to get irritated and think 'i have bills to pay, school books to buy' etc, just remember that that applies to the person offering to buy the commission, too! they too have various things they need to pay for and they only have so much money they can afford to spend on an artist.
don't get mad at me for what i said here, i am simply presenting the other side of the story.
Okay, I'll just point out why some of these points are invalid. I understand completely though and am not mad.
The fact that you rarely get commissioned is NOT a good reason to drop your prices. Dropping them and working for far less does not help you in any way and it doesn't really expand your customer base, either. You need to spend more time advertising and getting the word out and less time undercutting yourself. There is NEVER a good excuse for charging little to nothing for your art, unless you're just starting out and are not at a professional level.
I am NOT lucky to be selling commissions at a higher price, I simply set a price that my time is worth and then spent a LOT of time working to build a client base. It's very hard work and anyone could do it. Not luck.
The prices that have been offered here are not enough to live off of- I'm talking about professional artists who actually do art for a living to survive. If what you get paid (such as 2$ per commission) is not enough to survive, then you are not a professional artist, you are a hobbyist. That's VERY, VERY different. Imagine struggling to LIVE OFF OF what you made here at DeviantArt.
If a person does not have the money to hire an artist, they should not be hiring one. Let me compare it to something else, say a person who wants their car fixed - you can't just ask random people on the street to fix your car for cheaper because you don't have any money - you have to find a professional mechanic and pay them to fix it for you. The same applies for art. If you want a logo for your company, you need to invest in an artist to make it. Looking for artists to make it for very cheap or free is like looking for a 6-year-old Chinese child to fix your car because it would be cheaper. It's disrespectful.
If you want to make a PARTNERSHIP with an artist and you both work for 50/50 on a project or for projected revenue, then that's a different story. But asking an artist to work for less than minimum wage is horrible and uncalled for. An artist has bills to pay WITH THEIR ART because that's what they do professionally. So yes, that is a valid excuse. And a person hiring an artist to do something for them simply should not be doing so without having money. Same way in which you would not ask to hire a mechanic if you don't have the money to fix your car.
You have to avoid looking at this from someone doing casual commissions or someone fresh out of high school who needs money to go out for drinks or buy some cool new pants. This isn't money on the side for some of us. I'm talking about professional artists who want to do this for a living and have to pay to live with their art.
Of course, you realise that if you hadn't put in that last line, somebody would still have contacted you offering to do it, right? The state of job offers on DA depresses me as well sometimes, but not nearly as much as the eagerness of the artists to reply to them.
It is sad. I'm struggling like crazy as an artist trying to make a living...still have to have another job to supplement it. It's insane trying to find clients who are willing to pay even a living wage's worth, let alone a professional's wages.
Awesome! I was reading and partially surprised but sadly bought that it was a serious request the whole time... It was all too believable! Thanks for standing up for the respect of art and it's creators!