im not even an artist and these prices are hurting my feelings
This is what I have to dig through every time I look for new jobs to apply for.
For non-artists, let’s give you a little perspective.
For me, an illustration takes a bare minimum of 6 hours. Mind you, that’s JUST the drawing part. Not the research, or the communications, or gathering information. Just drawing.
That’s if it’s a simple illustration.
My art deco or more detailed stuff can take 20+ hours each.
Even simple, cartoony things still take at least 3 hours.
Let’s go with the second one. 2 illustrations for $25. Figuring 6 hours each. 12 hours total, for JUST the drawings. That’s approximately $2.08/hour.
Asking these prices is an insult. But what’s even more hurtful is there are people out there that will take these jobs. Which only encourages rates like this to be acceptable. And there are people who will try to say these are just what you have to do to get started.
I believed that. So my first coloring gigs were just $10/page. The day someone offered me $25/page for just flatting work, I realized just how wrong I’d been. I’m still not making the rates I’d like, but now I refuse anything below $25/page. Because there is value in my time.
In any standardized industry, even ones that pay piece rate over hourly, these numbers are criminal.
Do your fellow artists a favor. Never accept jobs like these. There are others that pay legitimate rates. Or at least closer to legitimate.
Such baby bullshit. Don’t even get out of bed for these rates.
If you are an artist who wants to make money off their art, I highly suggest you buy The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook. It goes in depth about copyright issues and even contains contract and model release templates. The 2013 book *I believe* states the average professional charges $72 an hour. This article calculated that to make a 40k annual salary you would need to charge about $60 per hour.
After graduating from Art Center in 2012, I think I asked for somewhere between $35-45 an hour and got laughed at by multiple big name clients, which was infuriating, sadly expected, and terrifying with over $100K worth of student loans staring me in the face. If they tell you it will be “great exposure” that’s a red flag. Ask yourself how their exposure can compare to your Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook pages combined?
And when you do get a decent paying gig, PROTECT YOURSELF. You have the right to negotiate and revise a contract. Do not start a job until you have a contract signed. If they don’t provide you with one, MAKE ONE. And make sure you have your bases covered. You can specify in a contract that maybe two revisions are included in your cost, and if they ask you to revise the piece more than twice, they will have to pay extra. In terms of payment schedule, I usually do the 50/50 Method (50% before, 50% after) or the 3/3/3 Method (1/3 before, 1/3 in the middle, 1/3 after all work has been received). Both of those are pretty standard in the industry, as they guarantee you will get compensated for your time, even if the job goes bad.
Remember you have a skill, and you have spent time honing that skill and you deserve to be adequately paid for that time and effort. You will have clients dismiss you because, honest to God they think, “Well, I could do that if I wanted. Hell, my five year old does it now.” No they can’t, because they didn’t, they don’t, they won’t and they probably never will. And good luck hiring a five year old. They can’t keep a fucking deadline.
And in a last ditch effort they’ll say, “But that drawing only took you an hour!” Son, that drawing took me 20. fucking. years.
10 Dollars for 1 minute of animation. Oh my god my heart. It took my team 6 months and a team of 12 to make a 4 minute short.
I second this book! I’ve had it for several years now, and it’s been a HUGE help in my work as a freelance artist. It gives great advice on what to charge for different areas of art!
Please remember. Your art is worth a respectable payment! Accepting ridiculously low prices actually hurts the arts/illustration/animation communities because it makes employers believe they can employ people without offering decent pay.
Check the internet if you need help figuring out what you should be charging for your commissions. Invest in the books that will inform you professionally, and put your foot down if you think someone is trying to cheat you out of your time and hard work.
You have a right to refuse a job, and/or request decent payment. If your employer denies a you decent pay, well then they’re probably not a very good employer.
Do not undersell your skills. it is bad for the art community and you are worth more then that.
Put a letter from A-Z in my ask and I’ll tell you 1 thing I love which starts with that letter.
you were either a winx
or a w.i.t.c.h
this makes me feel old.
I was totally a spy
i was aLL THREE
was this the old superwholock?
THIS IS THE OLD SUPERWHOLOCK
All three heck yes!
the old superwholock? Nah these shows all have examples of POC and well written diverse woman who do not rely on men to build their character
SCREEN JUNKIES DID AN HONEST TRAILER FOR THE WINTER SOLDIER BUT IT WAS SO GOOD THEY COULDN’T EVEN TAKE THE PISS OUT OF IT SO THEY JUST TALKED ABOUT WHAT A GOOD FILM IT WAS
Mary Blair and the movies: The concept art of Alice in Wonderland (x)
this packing stuff is hard can i just lay down please..
I loved how open-minded Ygritte was. I feel she had some very lovely character traits. She didn’t take any bullshit and she was her own woman. That is something I’d love to move forward with. She’s been a pleasure too play, she really has.
I’ve had quite a few followers wondering when my next give-away is going to be and requesting I start it soon! So here it is! You can see that my give-aways are real by clicking here!
Basically, the winner of this will get to spend $120USD in my Society6 shop!
How do I afford to do all these give-aways, you ask?
I make money online by using an app, it’s that easy! I’ve paid for my last TWO giveaway using it! I test apps on my phone to earn PayPal money, I earned $300USD in July alone! Want to know how you can make money by using the app too? Click here to read more! (I promise it’s no scam, there’s proof if you follow the link!)
- You must be following me (pronqs) or antiquitate! You don’t have to follow both.
- Likes don’t count for anything! Reblogs count and you can reblog this as many times as you like!
- You MUST check out my Society6 shop regardless of the giveaway and it’s Instagram//Facebook//Tumblr (which follows back).
- You MUST check out the sale I’m running on an design, it’s a HP design with like Stone, Chamber, etc, but each word has a texture related to it! (Stone = stone textures, Chamber = Snake skin texture, Prisoner = Jail cell bars, etc!) After August 25th it’ll go from $17+shipping to $22+shipping and hoodies will go from $30+shipping to $42+ shipping! Don’t miss out!!!!
- You must be at least eighteen years of age OR have the permission of a parent/guardian to give your address to me!
- The winner MUST be willing to prove that the give-away is real by posting photos of the products on your blog, like these people have done, when you receive them!
- This give-away will shipped world wide and shipping will be paid in ADDITION to the $120 you’ll have to spend, it will not be taken out of that amount.
- This give-away will end August 27th! I will choose the winner using a random number generator and pick the corresponding note on this post. I will contact the winner via tumblr message, so make sure to have that turned on!
Prizes (to clarify):
The winner will be told that they can choose ANY item/s in my shop as long as the overall total doesn’t exceed the amount of $120USD! If the total ends up being $115USD, I will not be giving the extra $5USD, sorry!
The only products that will NOT be included in the giveaway are: rugs, pillows WITH inserts (just the case is fine) stretched canvases, duvets or framed art prints! This is ONLY because they’re far to expensive to justify shipping overseas. Especially since the prize is already $120 worth of merch!
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- THIS GIVEAWAY IS IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH TUMBLR OR SOCIETY6!
- THE ABOVE IMAGES ARE PREVIEWS FROM SOCIETY6!
YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO SEE PAST GIVE-AWAY PROOF!REMEMBER THIS DESIGN WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE $17 ON A TEE TILL AUGUST 23rd, THEN IT’LL GO UP TO $22 AND ON A HOODIE IT WILL GO FROM $30 TO $42! DON’T MISS OUT ON THE SALE!!!
Happy reblogging, and stay amazing! c: