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What art is worth
This is a very informative post made by higginsdragon that outlines how much artists are /really/ getting paid for their time.
I've checked it out and yeah, that's pretty much how it goes. I suggest if you are an artist or if you frequently purchase art, please read this.

Follow this link to check it out
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slinky_dragon From: slinky_dragon Date: March 16th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good stuff to know; I never thought it all through like that.

Problem is, I barely sell anything now. If I raised prices to that standard I'd never be commissioned again... Though at this point in my life, and given how much I HATE commissions, that wouldn't be a bad thing. X)
I don't really think my art is worth that much I guess. o_O
steppinrazor From: steppinrazor Date: March 16th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm. I'm kinda frustrated by all the people trying to point out how paying an artist hourly isn't the industry standard and artists shouldn't get paid like that... They're totally missing the bigger picture, which is time = money, and you can't expect someone to put the time in to create something if it's not worth it, unless you're happy with subpar work. I surely wouldn't sell a picture for 20 bucks if it took me 10 hours to make it, nor should I ever be expected to, if I'm producing quality artwork.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 16th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought the same thing. Obviously these folks can't see the forest through all the trees.
yelth From: yelth Date: March 16th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup.

fiercereaper actually a point about this the other day. Basically, what she was taught was as a begining artist, she should not accept less than $65/hour. Pretty high isn't it? (I can hear the shouts of protest now) Well given this is what her instructor (who is an established artist, and published to boot) in art school told her I'd say the fandom has it pretty good if artists here are even doing work for minamum wage rates.
yelth From: yelth Date: March 16th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

edit

Should point out, the rate she was told was for professional work.

To play devil's A on this, how many furry artists produce and behave in a professional manner?
silver_huskey From: silver_huskey Date: March 17th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
His post brings up a pretty good point. However, as a buyer who can only work part-time and makes $13, I could just as soon do without art. I do see the market for furry art as one that is very elastic. Some people wouldn't mind paying the artist what they asked for, others could easily do something else with their money. The fandom is small and income does tend to vary a lot. ^^;

As for me, I don't really commission a lot or buy much art anymore. When I do buy art it tends to be a quick digital sketch, or stuff I pick up from a con.
the_wormwood From: the_wormwood Date: March 17th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen this topic throw around before, and it seems people are STILL surprised at the idea of quality art taking that long from process to finished. I think a lot of the newer artists have to take a minute to evaluate themselves before slapping a pricetag on their time however. I've seen fantastic artists crop up asking a pittance for their work, I assume out of a lack of confidence. While I'm sure the buyers of said art are pleased as punch about getting that kind of bargain, that kind of pricing might very well make the same prospective buyer raise an eyebrow at the cost of a commission from an artist who's actually done the break-down and put a reasonable price on their work.
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