If you are approached by a user named Ken09199 on DeviantArt to draw items for his virtual pet site LuraPets http://www.lurapets.com/, please be aware of the pay rate he quoted me when I asked for more information.
Pay rate for items: $0.50 per completion of each item. Example here:
Pay rate for NPC's (characters): $5.00
Also, you can get up to $2.00 for items and up to $7.00 for NPC's if the artwork is, to quote, "fantastic". The owner of this site told me that they pay based on the quality of the image. If your art is better, naturally they'll pay more. A dollar more.
I'm aware some people may feel this is a fair deal. It's your choice of course, but realize that items of that quality, for most people, would take about 20 minutes to a half an hour, earning you a pay rate of $1.00 per hour for an item you can't sell elsewhere. Minimum wage in my state is something closer to $8.00 for reference.
I asked if that price was per useage of the item, like if someone buys the item on the site, is the artist entitled to a fraction of the proceeds. The answer is no, this is a one time payment of 50 cents per item drawn.
Here's my official response:
I'm sorry but that is horribly unreasonable. Especially as pay is
completely based on someone's opinion . If my work is as good as you
said it was when you approached me you'd already know that I take my
work very seriously and consider it just that: work. I wouldn't ask
you to do your job for a dollar an hour for something you won't be
able to sell anywhere else, please don't ask the same of me.
Best of luck finding "quality" artists who will find these prices
reasonable but I can assure you, they're hard to find.
I'm of course not here to bash the individual, after all he approached me on his own accord and complimented me on my work, but I felt the need to draw attention to yet another example of why our market is so bad, that these are the prices people expect to pay for quality work.
*edit* Kind of unrelated but did anyone catch the top banner of the site where it says "battle collect buy trade sell friends"? Am I the only one who finds that, when said as a phrase, totally hilarious? :D