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[personal profile] kjorteo
Hello,

I am a buyer attempting to commission some artwork for a novel I've been working on, which is now finally nearing completion.

The novel is split into eight chapters, and I want each chapter to have a little bust-type sketch of one of the eight main characters on the chapter title page. In fact, I have already commissioned a set of busts for the cast for this exact purpose. They are already completed and can be seen here and here and they are lovely. Of course, I dramatically underestimated how early in the process I had this idea versus how long it actually takes to write a novel; these were made three years ago, and the artist has expressed interest in redoing them with the improvements and such she has made in her art since then. I personally thought they looked outstanding already, but if she wants to make them even better, then great! She was a pleasure to work with last time, and I would be delighted to do so again.

The problem that both of us are running into is that neither of us knows what the standard guidelines are for small-scale commercial work. When this novel is done, I intend to put it on some small sale service, such as selling it on the Amazon Kindle marketplace for $2 or so. (If it randomly catches fire and becomes such a smash hit that big-name publishers come in and want to take it, awesome, but I'm honestly not expecting that as a likely outcome.) Therefore, I would technically be profiting off the artist's work, which brings up all the licensing questions and such that neither of us really know. Unfortunately, the problem would persist even if I decided not to get those new updated versions after all; whether I'm using the old ones or the new ones, I'm still using her work in a novel I'm selling. (Besides, I really do want to see what updated versions of them would look like.)

She has asked around, but has not found anything yet. Her exact words from a note I just received:
"[W]hen I posed some questions to friends and groups that supposedly knew, they instead kept referring to larger, much more commercial endeavors than what you are wanting, which is much smaller in scale; I didn't get anything concrete for something specifically like this."

She said she would keep looking, but encouraged me to join in the search in the mean time. Which seems fair; it shouldn't be entirely on her to figure this out if I can help. Of course, the only place I can think to ask is here, so here we are. Ideally, how should my intention to put this novel on something like the Kindle marketplace affect the pricing and permissions and such for commissioning her?
[identity profile] paradedemon.livejournal.com
EDIT: Please note, I'm under the age of 18, so I can't take money commissions yet.

I've been getting people seeming to call me "greedy" or "crazy for having commissions for 400 points and more.

are people getting greedy right now and want more for less?
i think my art is really quite good so I take points commissions on DA for points all 10 $ worth or less.

yet people ask to take that and such to 100 points?
It bother me that people call me greedy for wanting a decen money for commissions? It's not even money, only virtual currency that's purchased for money but cannot be sold for money P:

I've only had people "satisfied with my prices" when I sold things for less than 40 points a year ago pretty much P:
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
I am working on compiling the advice given in our General Advice post on Pricing.

In the meantime, here is a list of the artists who requested pricing advice. If any of you have a free moment or two, I'm sure they'd love to hear opinions from more people (or anyone at all, since some haven't gotten replies yet).

Quite a list! )

I have put an asterisk next to those with no response or only a partial response, but feel free to comment on any and all of the ones posted here!

Please let me know if I left you out or included you incorrectly! If you'd like to be added, comment on the original post and I will add you here, as well.
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
I am working on compiling the advice given in our General Advice post on Pricing.

In the meantime, here is a list of the artists who requested pricing advice. If any of you have a free moment or two, I'm sure they'd love to hear opinions from more people (or anyone at all, since some haven't gotten replies yet).

Quite a list! )

I have put an asterisk next to those with no response or only a partial response, but feel free to comment on any and all of the ones posted here!

Please let me know if I left you out or included you incorrectly! If you'd like to be added, comment on the original post and I will add you here, as well.
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
I am working on compiling the advice given in our General Advice post on Pricing.

In the meantime, here is a list of the artists who requested pricing advice. If any of you have a free moment or two, I'm sure they'd love to hear opinions from more people (or anyone at all, since some haven't gotten replies yet).

Quite a list! )

I have put an asterisk next to those with no response or only a partial response, but feel free to comment on any and all of the ones posted here!

Please let me know if I left you out or included you incorrectly! If you'd like to be added, comment on the original post and I will add you here, as well.
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
It's one of the first things an artist has to consider before announcing they are available for commissions. You don't want to price yourself out of the available market, but you don't want to just give your skill, time, and materials away, either.

So how does one go about determining how much to charge? And how much to charge for each level such as sketch, inks, color, additional characters, backgrounds, etc.?

I am opening the floor to the community on this. What is your advice for artists on how to determine their prices?

If you recall someone (including yourself) making a particularly helpful comment related to this topic in a previous advice post, please link to the comment (or you can copy-paste if it's your comment originally). You can also link to entire posts that match this topic.

If you are an artist, you may link to your own prices and art as examples, if you are comfortable with that.  Be sure to specify whether you are posting your prices as examples or for advice/critique!

And if you are seeking advice about how to price your own art, comment here with a link to your gallery and proposed prices (if you have them posted already). Please be prepared for honest critique on your art's "market value" and the prices you are considering. Notice to everyone: This is not a license to go all-out on critiquing someone's gallery, just give some pointers and generalizations.

Please keep in mind that this is a first go at this type of post, so bear with us if the format changes once people start commenting. :)

EDIT:  There are many people on here asking how much to charge who would love to hear from more than just one or two people!  Feel free to make suggestions.
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
It's one of the first things an artist has to consider before announcing they are available for commissions. You don't want to price yourself out of the available market, but you don't want to just give your skill, time, and materials away, either.

So how does one go about determining how much to charge? And how much to charge for each level such as sketch, inks, color, additional characters, backgrounds, etc.?

I am opening the floor to the community on this. What is your advice for artists on how to determine their prices?

If you recall someone (including yourself) making a particularly helpful comment related to this topic in a previous advice post, please link to the comment (or you can copy-paste if it's your comment originally). You can also link to entire posts that match this topic.

If you are an artist, you may link to your own prices and art as examples, if you are comfortable with that.  Be sure to specify whether you are posting your prices as examples or for advice/critique!

And if you are seeking advice about how to price your own art, comment here with a link to your gallery and proposed prices (if you have them posted already). Please be prepared for honest critique on your art's "market value" and the prices you are considering. Notice to everyone: This is not a license to go all-out on critiquing someone's gallery, just give some pointers and generalizations.

Please keep in mind that this is a first go at this type of post, so bear with us if the format changes once people start commenting. :)

EDIT:  There are many people on here asking how much to charge who would love to hear from more than just one or two people!  Feel free to make suggestions.
[identity profile] kerstin-orion.livejournal.com
It's one of the first things an artist has to consider before announcing they are available for commissions. You don't want to price yourself out of the available market, but you don't want to just give your skill, time, and materials away, either.

So how does one go about determining how much to charge? And how much to charge for each level such as sketch, inks, color, additional characters, backgrounds, etc.?

I am opening the floor to the community on this. What is your advice for artists on how to determine their prices?

If you recall someone (including yourself) making a particularly helpful comment related to this topic in a previous advice post, please link to the comment (or you can copy-paste if it's your comment originally). You can also link to entire posts that match this topic.

If you are an artist, you may link to your own prices and art as examples, if you are comfortable with that.  Be sure to specify whether you are posting your prices as examples or for advice/critique!

And if you are seeking advice about how to price your own art, comment here with a link to your gallery and proposed prices (if you have them posted already). Please be prepared for honest critique on your art's "market value" and the prices you are considering. Notice to everyone: This is not a license to go all-out on critiquing someone's gallery, just give some pointers and generalizations.

Please keep in mind that this is a first go at this type of post, so bear with us if the format changes once people start commenting. :)

EDIT:  There are many people on here asking how much to charge who would love to hear from more than just one or two people!  Feel free to make suggestions.

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