How I price my art
I currently base my hourly rate on the following information from bls.gov. Please keep in mind that this will change over time as the cost of living goes up.
Based on this information, I pay myself $30/hr for every hour I’m actively working on a piece. I keep meticulous track of the time I spend working on every piece, documenting times from the moment I sit down to begin the work. The clock stops when I step away from the artwork to take breaks and resumes when I come back.
On average, I spend 5-7 non-consecutive hours on any given piece, and in the case of physical artwork I add the cost of USPS Priority shipping, which will vary based on the size of packaging the piece will require.
Update (as of April 15, 2021): I now default to doing all commissions digitally, unless specifically asked to make a physical art piece. The benefit for clients is elimination of the cost and wait time associated with shipping. The benefit for me is portability; I’m not tied to my workspace and can work anytime, anywhere I like. Additionally, my software of choice, Procreate, tracks the exact amount of time I spend working on a piece from start to finish, making pricing simple. TL;DR: it’s more efficient and helps maximize productivity.
Keep in mind that digital artwork isn’t trapped in the digital world. For instance, once I’ve sent your file to you, you can then have the artwork printed. I make the artwork quite large, so you can have it printed at just about any size you wish. You can have it printed on canvas, on photo paper – heck, you could even have a tote bag or a t-shirt made with it. The versatility of a digital file is pretty impressive.
Securing commissions will require an up-front non-refundable fee of $30 to reserve your place in my client book.
If desired, I can provide a projected final cost of your commissions after a discussion of the desired piece, and the final cost will include shipping. Most clients opt out of this because the quote I provide can only ever be a price range rather than a single specified amount. This is due to the fact that I simply can’t know exactly how long it will take to complete the work. In particular, bigger or more intricately detailed pieces may take a bit longer to do than originally anticipated. On the other hand, sometimes I finish must faster than expected. Be assured that I don’t dawdle to milk extra money out of a client – I work as fast and efficiently as possible since 1) I dislike lingering over a piece forever, and 2) I enjoy the variety of working on lots of different pieces. I rarely work on more than one piece at a time, so my goal is to get everything knocked out and move onto the next.
Please be aware that requests for changes to commissions will increase the cost, based on however many additional hours or (partial hours) the changes will require.
All art will be shipped upon my receipt of the client’s full payment.
Please understand that I require the money I make from my art to cover my monthly living expenses, to survive, to feed and clothe myself and my kids, to care for my home, pets, and car, and to purchase replacements for depleted art supplies.
Because of this, I cannot hold art indefinitely. If you wish to make a purchase please be sure that you can pay the full amount at the time you receive your invoice. If you are unable to provide payment the art will be sold to someone else in order to generate that income and get the bills paid.
If you have any questions or would like to request a commission, please feel free to DM me. I normally reply fairly quickly, but please do have patience if I take a little longer to respond.