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.
Generally furafinity has a better commissions community if you're into drawing animals so it may be worth promoting yourself over there.
I'm not advertising, so I wont post my commission info or any examples, but could you (or anyone) go to my gallery and look for examples and post what you'd charge for them, or buy them for?
I'd prefer someone to note me, honestly xD I don't want to flood this place with images and text from potential replies (not that I'm expecting any).
A piece can take me a minimum of 2 hours to do. More often than not it's much much more.
I wanna raise my prices--I really want to--but the fact that most people will rather just commission someone for a lower price just flat-out discourages me. Either way, I regret the way I price because I know that there are others whom I disadvantage due to my prices
My commission prices are actually 5 points a pop in my other account, and my adoptables are 1 point each. I know, it is insulting for other artists who make a living. But when I tried to raise my adoptable prices to 10, nearly no one looked. If my situation is already dire at that ridiculously low price, how can I expect to raise it higher?
And then there's my previous adoptable history. I once tried to sell adoptables I spent a week on each for 20 points, and did everything to broadcast it to the world. How many did I sell over 10 of them? Only 1. That's just really depressing.
I'll, however, now try to raise my prices a little more, since I am a bit improving in my art now. It kinda feels unfair to me that I'll be paid only 5 points for something I drew in more than a few days :I
one of my friends had to underprice their commissions to sell some of her sketches.
Also it is the same proplem with my art, I can't sell a sketch wirh 500 points as price. :I
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
I just want people to buy my stuff
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.
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.
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!
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.
If I was going to open commissions (I won't right now because I don't feel my art is worth a dollar yet), I'd set the prices to be based on how long it'd take for me to fully finish the piece, as well as how hard it normally is. Let's say that a piece of artwork usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour to complete for me. I'd set the price to be (And in my eyes this is reasonable), about $10 minimum. If it takes longer than that, the price will go up.
Again, I won't open commissions until I myself am satisfied with what I've come up with and I don't really understand completely on how commissions work exactly. This is going by the standpoint of selling art, which may not actually be the same as a commission or even close. These are just my thoughts. I do see we're you are coming from though.
If i get commissions i would make better pricing but, they arent selling D:
I agree with Kawiku!
Working for decades as a professional artist I have come up with a set of happy rules for living as an artist.
It's been working for me so maybe it will work for you too.
1. Don't worry or ask others for "approval" if you or work is good enough to be an artist. JUST GO FOR IT!
All artists & creativity are unique, keep on creating and promoting...
2. Don't make less of yourself or your art, and don't wait for someone to "love" or "approve" your art or creations.
Love it yourself first, this will then come across in your art and your audiences will love it too.
3. It is YOU who determines the value of your art. If you feel overworked, tired or working like a "slave", it probably means you are you not charging enough.
Increase your rate, and turn down those jobs that make you feel less or devalue your work.
4. By doing the above you raise your own standard & value as an artist, and you also help the rest of us keep ours.
5. Just imagine how dull life would be without the things artists create....?
Great paintings & illustrations, amazing music, songs & dance, great stories, poetry, theater & films. Beautiful designs, structures & gardens, etc... all these things are created by artists like YOU.
I suppose for me it's kind of coming back to the way that there are popular artists where other unseen ones with a much higher standard of work aren't notices, the same could be said for commissioners though, though I've not ever actually considered the pricing as an element before to be honest
(Also apologies if you got a load of messages then, I kept accidentally sendin this before I was done, typing from an iPhone)
and now nobody commissions me so i guess ill be lowering them again even though i really dont want to because everything you just said is 100% right :/
When comparisons begin, those taking a longer time to fill their slots might end up underpricing even more.
Being sad for them is one thing but promoting them would be awesome.