Hello again, sorry for being so quiet laely... I am so sick and tired of typing with only one hand but soon.... right after easter, my cast will be removed and we can begin with physio therapy to build up muscles again and to help my wrist being able to move again, I would have never guessed this will take that long but oh well... almost there.
Today I would like to bring your attention to commission prices and the like, and to be honest - I have no idea where to get started about that. There is so many thoughts and ideas about this topic.... what I know for sure - nobody wants to pay for artwork. This is something that I always notice, people rather spend their money on different things. I get tons of requests by people I do not know, asking for pictures for free and it is heir right to do so because with asking you never loose anything - but as soon as I say, I do not do requests, I can ever so often read between the lines that they are dissappointed, some even mad and all the sudden very unfriendly. While many people reply with a "Oh what a pity but thank you", others do not answer at all any more, which I find plain rude as they were able to talk to me before when they asked me to spent my spare free hours on a picture for them. I am happy that the majority out there remains friendly after me declining but every now and then, I am rather frustrated with those few people that are different. I know, I shouldn´t.
Another thing which is really bothering me, is the people that ask for pictures and offer "all the DA points" they have which mostly are like what... 150 points? 500 points? Okay, at least they do not expect me to work for free and again - mos of these people are very friendly and respectful snd really think, they are doing a good thing by offerening me their points. Also these people are mostly rather young and maybe do not have the needed relation to money and DA points... and to the fact that 150 DA points are actually worth nothing if you are a professional illustrator who finances part of their real life with their art.
Don´t get me wrong, there is many people here on DA that offer cheap point commissions but le´s face it - the majority not doing it because they need this money to pay their rent or whatever... I have seen many young artists offering those for experience and being able to extend their premium memberships and / or buy something here and really, I have nothing against point commissions in general. The thing is though... customers tend to expect cheap prices for everything on DA then and of course they tend to fall over when asking me for a point commsiison and I answer them with realistic prices.
"Oh, but you are only doing 3D artwork, so why so expensive?" .... Yeah THAT is something I do not even reply to any more. Please take a closer look to my pictures (and read in the artists comments about the tools of trade!) and think about your previous sentence again.... unless you have a computer with the red magic button that you expect me to have as well... the "I make one-click-art" button... I have not found mine yet.
Ah and one last thing: In my job I am a media designer, so what I do there is not thaaaat different from what I do privately: I do creative work and some of the tools at work and at home are even the same. Working like this I know about the realsitic prices on the market out there. Believe me that most professional illustrator here on deviantArt, even the "expensive" ones are underneath those standards, many even way underneath (such as myself btw)...
No matter what medium an artist uses, we spend a good amount of time and give much from ourself for each picture. If you come and ask for a price of a individual commission or an existing picture, you will get a realistic and fair answer.
(Btw... since my commissions are closed at the moment, quite a few people ask for printing files of existing ones in my gallery or the rights for illustrations to use them for their own projects - pretty much all this money ends up being for little extras which either finance my software / hardware that I need for working on art and / or are spent together with my son such as cinema, zoo or also for example for short weekend vacation for me and him. It is like pocket money for my little family and being a single mom with a part-time job in the real world, this little extra income is always appreciated.)
Sorry for bringing this all up. As I said, a big majority of people contacting me is very very friendly and respectful but I just felt like I needed to talk about this as there are days, where it is bothering me. I know that so many people out there do not have much money (such as myself) and if it is getting tough, we all safe the amounts where we can... but also I am never willing to "sell myelf underneath the price" as we say in Germany.
Thank you for reading!