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The Art of Pricing commissionsThere are many reasons to create art. But for the sake of this article, regarding commissions, I will focus on the motive of making money. I like to make money. But I am not an artist by profession and money is not the driving force behind my art (or my life). That said, pricing commissions varies tremendously from one artist to another. These are by no means guidelines, just things to consider.
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1. What are you offering (in terms of artistic mediums)?
If you're shipping out the original of something it should be more expensive than a digital version of the same thing.
Things on canvas, sculpture, jewelry etc. are more '3 dimensional' and the materials often cost more than a digital painting or sketch. I see a greater trend towards digital works, like character sheets, sketches, stamps, avatars etc. These things are cheaper because there is a high demand for something so small, personal and relatively easy to create. The ease of creating artwork via technology is incredible,