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So many artists underpricing...

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 26, 2014, 6:24 AM


It makes me really sad.

When an artist you want to commission finally open their commissions back and all of their slots are taken in less than a minute.

And I'm sure all the slots would still be taken if the price was increased of x2-x10.

So many artists are still underpricing themselves. People make it a standard for art to sell for so cheap and whenever someone charge more than this standard, which is probably still underpriced, people complain.

By underpricing yourself, you are also contributing to keep the price standard of art low on this site. Charging low can be insulting to other artists, but also to yourself.

Please, don't ever feel like you need to underprice yourself, because of the fear of what other might think or say. You art is worth more than that. There will always be someone complaining, you cannot please everyone. Your time, the efforts, the skills you gained over years of hard work, is worth far way more than a few cents/points.

If you ever open your commissions and all slots are taken in less than 5 minutes or you got more than enough requests by that time, please consider this.

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xXChibiLunaXx Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artist
0---0 well.... I just do cuz my art isn't really like deserving of even like 100 points in my eyes, I'm sorry!
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Dragunnity Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Thanks for the info, and i have a question if I may: Normally, what's the appropriate price for a drawing + colors and cell shaded?  :3
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Dragorama Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
heh, pretty sure I'm heeeaavily underpricing myself, but quite honestly I've tried advertising myself as much as I can, yet people still don't bite, so I don't know.
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Stormbreeze-cat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I shouldn't underprice

I just want people to buy my stuff
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KaoruBlackstone1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
I do them for free because not everybody has points and it makes me upset to see people not get to do the same things as the people with points.
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OxyKitty Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I underprice because no one buys my commisions
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Singarl Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student
As an professional artist, I hate underpricing. On the other hand I can understand good artists underpricing themselves, because they get no attention and the really popular artist often refuse to feature other, not so popular artist who are very good though. So they try to underprice themselves to get attention.
That is why I started featuring an artist every month when I think they deserve more attention. In my opinion, we need to help each other out, not just posting journals about how underpriced other artists are bad and stuff.
We should actively help people so they don't need to undersprice themselves.
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hinema Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Umm yeah, that's great...now, how many commissions/pieces of art do you buy or request per month, at what you consider to be fair market prices?

If you're not actively combating the problem you see (i.e. putting your money where your mouth is) then you are in no place to be whining about it.
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n-oodle Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha I used to take commissions for 5 points each and still no one would buy from me, but I'd still be happy when someone showed interest because I could at least get something (instead of nothing) for my art :') I know sometimes people underprice their artwork too because they don't feel confident enough to ask a reasonable amount. Please don't feel discouraged! Your art, the effort and time you spend on it are worth more than just a few points!
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x3uu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
I remember the day I used a cash clock for a 20€ full-color headshot painting. I spent 6 hours, that makes 3,30€ per hour... could be better.

I lost faith regarding commissions on dA, because people tell me that my prices are too expensive. So I don't want to spend hours on dA commissions anymore.
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