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A person you like, that also happens to be a famous artist, offers commissions but you don´t think their skills match their prices... 

74 deviants said I only pay high amounts if the art matches my likings. If I like the artist or not.
51 deviants said If I really like them, I order if I can afford it! I don´t mind if their skills are not that great actually. They deserve the money anway for the person they are!
36 deviants said Here, have a snack, thanks for visiting this poll Free avatar Cookie by sosogirl123
11 deviants said I only want requests. I don´t pay for art. People should only draw for free. I have no idea that art is luxury cause I´m a little piece of **** and everyone should draw for free if I ask them to.

Devious Comments

Kuragari1988 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only want requests :P because I am a lil piece of shiterle. lol
AgnosticDragon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I am in a lot of student loan debt. I hope to be able to commission art one day.
animefreak120 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Personally I think most artist undercharge. People tend to think that art prices are way too high and don't consider that this is 1) What pays the bills and 2) art takes a lot of time and energy to make. 
HMS-ArtHound Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I agree with most of the comments here, peoples prices are their own business. They have to account for the time and supplies they use, and then base a price off of that, as well as what they are comfortable charging, etc... 

My comms are closed right now, but if someone was desperate for one, they would be charged $7.25 per hour, minimum. This is because my time is SO limited right now that if I'm going to be drawing for anyone, it's either as a gift or to be treated, and paid, as a job. That's a steep price, especially for my skill level, but I need to be compensated for my time somehow. 

However! I do not agree with people placing their commissions at high prices if they are not going to take their comms. seriously. I have seen an artist place extremely high prices on what they sell and then provide the most pitiful commissions that don't even follow the ref sheets the commissioner provided... better to not even have comms. open at that point anymore, as all that will happen is the artist will get a bad reputation and are really just wasting everyone's time and money. 
MegaMasterKing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018
I personally don't participate in commissions unless someone is doing it for free for an art group that I happen to also be a member of. For example if someone is making a piece involving the different characters drawn by different members of the group then I'll offer up one of my characters.
Iyna08 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2018
Ich kann mir sowas nicht mal leisten... Ansonsten hätte ich mir schon vieles machen lassen.
insofern: *eats da cookie*
Astralstonekeeper Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Regardless of skill, I think each artist has the right to decide how much their art is worth. It's their time and their effort, those things are what we pay for. If I cannot afford it, that's my problem. If I really want a commission from them, I will find a way to afford it. 
Pheenixorphan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I just came for the cookie xD

I would buy a lot more commissions if I had my own money set up, but since I don't. I just try to get points and pay that way instead. However I don't really get points half the time. :[ 

If I come across an artist I like and want to pay for their art someday-(which is what I'm doing now)- I keep them on the list for when I get enough points. If I come across an artist that asks for like a crazy amount of money, I'm sorry, but NO. I'm not paying that much money for an artist's little drawing whether they are amazing or not. I don't mind supporting artists, but c'mon on now, I gotta eat too bro! Some of them ask for hundreds! Like are you kidding me?! From a stranger I don't even know.
I'd rather buy several arts from that person and they get the hundred-plus that way rather than just one.

Like for somebody I have on watch like you JB, I'd think about it a little more. I probably wouldn't pay for hundred just because I ain't rich either, but I would try to go for the smaller ones. In hopes that the build-up of a batch of small-payments would help. ;.; 
Uluri Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
An artists prices, especially if in real money and high, are to help them eat and pay bills. Doesnt matter if I can't afford it personally. That just means im not their target commission audience. They need eats and a home, and their prices should reflect comfortable support for them instead of putting thwm into debt or on the streets. There is always someone somewhere looking to support that artist and have that artwork.
Zwaa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
I generally don't spend money on art here on DA. Not because I don't want to, but because I don't have money to spend on that sort of stuff.
If I did, well, look out community. Otherwise I only buy art from Cons and never commissions, always pre-made stuff.


If you have someone you care about and are close to, and you know they wont get offended by telling them they are over charging, you should tell them. They will probably get butt-hurt, but in the long run that information will be very helpful to them. How are you supposed to know you are doing something "wrong" if no one tells you? That's why polls are so important!

I am constantly worrying that I am overcharging for my adopts. In some cases I see people selling adopts for much less than mine but I see they have put more work into them or they are more skilled than me.
But other times I see people just using a base and the designs are just fine, selling for much more than mine.

TheyCallMeSage is right about that you are not just paying for a product. There are MANY people on DA who are at wits ends with each other over pricing. Should I sell for what people will pay, or should I sell for the work I put into it?
Personally I feel it should be a balance between the two.
I generally do minimum wage for my area +/- time spent on the image.
If I felt it was easy, $10 which is below min wage, If it was more work $15 or more.
It is much more generous than actually following minimum wage standards because it actually takes a few hours to get a design down, but it is enough that I don't feel like i'm cheating myself.

So what does this all mean? It means charging prices is really confusing and it takes a while to get comfortable with it.
That being said supply, demand, and location all are enormous factors in this.
If you are charging $20 for crayola marker art that looks like a middle schooler who is in an art class because they needed an elective made it; you are charging too much in my opinion. And on the internet that is actually over pricing. For supply and demand, why buy that for $20 when I can go over here and get better product for less?
However I saw someone selling commissions like that at a con once ( I honestly don't recall the price ) and guess what, people were buying it. The main difference there is 1. You go to a con to buy things, and 2. because you see the people, face to face, you get the bleeding hearts who want to throw a "struggling/up and coming" artist a bone. Thus a product that doesn't move online, moves at a con.

All in all, you don't want to be a greedy fan and demand an artist you like to charge less, but as a consumer also consider why they are charging that price. If it is too much and you have a good relations ship, say something but in a mature and thoughtful manner. If not, bite your lip until they cave in and lower the price. (rofl )
Polarade Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I buy art if I like the style, simple as that. I usually look for cheaper art but I do tend to tip artists some too
Stygma Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't often buy commissions but when I do, I have my budget. For me, it's more about the efforts (level of details) than the skills. But of course, I won't pay a huge amount for beginner level art.
Ninchiru Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Requeeeests! We want theeeem! Gimmeee! ..................... pretty please? o3o

Lol, jk
JB-Pawstep Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Ok wait
Ninchiru Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Jacky-Bunny Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yesterday i found the most awkward absurdest price list of commissions of very low art skill of my life. but because it is a friend, i wont tell them. if they sell something they are lucky (because I can't judge because i don't sell at all)

but in general i don't buy commissions , especially not of friends. I am greedy in that point. I define aftertheir money and my money. and my money is 0 so it can't be worse xD
so if they have more money than i have, i see no sense in spending my last cents on a piece of canvas if they have more money .

so evil i am.

but still this price list m akes me cringe. 
if you want to see i can note you 
JB-Pawstep Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
I believe you there xD I saw many like that actually and I also don´t buy a lot of money commissions because the money I have is for actual living and a LOT OF IT goes for my dog of course. The few times I spend actual money on something, it was something I really wanted or adore (two adopts for example). The last money commission was a huge fail. It was from a person who is a big deal on tumblr but she kind of failed my commission a lot and was not even able to communicate in a friendly way. I hate such people.
Jacky-Bunny Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yesss adoptables are dangerous xD
I also with points rarely bought commissions back then. (because I don't know what to do with deviant points) but for money....there is my personal limit xDDDDDDD

she failed?

oh yeah i remember something, it looked soooo good with other  people but on my pic there was everything wrong and just smacked down and even the anatomy (that is actually brilliant) was meh. But i thought, hey i was a fool to spent money...
JB-Pawstep Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
Yes it looked very doodled compared to her other work and she didn´t even get the colors right. I thought the same then xD and that´s why I hate spending money on commissions... unless I actually know I can trust the person but I rarely trust anyone when it comes to commissions or owed art anymore. Trustful people are so hard to find D:
Jacky-Bunny Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah !!!! totally agree with your points!
CopperisDog Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That depends. I can never really keep my points so usually I can't commission much, but when I am able to, I'll pay whatever if I really like the art.
TheyCallMeSage Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're not paying for the product. You're paying for the time - not just the time dedicated to making your piece, but also the time that came before to acquire the necessary expertise to make your piece as good as it is. The quality matters to you, sure, but that affects what people are willing to pay and has little to do with what an artist should be charging.

I would also like to say that it is my personal policy not to help people flag and fail, so pricing work too low is a dealbreaker for me as it's a more grievous error than pricing too high.

Buuuuut more to the point, yeah, I've been known to buy one anyway just because I like their work and want to support them. 
DuskRipper Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist
If i like the art and i want the art, i'll pay the price (as long as I can afford it).

I would only not pay it if the prices are insanely unfitting for the Skill, which i personally never came across when it comes to artwork i would buy. (i did with art i don't like, but well i don't buy it then.)
But the question is: do people pay the price. If people do, the price does match what they are giving in a way.

If i just like a person but not the art(like at all) i will not buy the art, simple as that. Whatever I think of the person is second in that sense. I can like someone without involving the stuff that their draw. And as long as they don't ask me for advise or my opinion on their commission prices :shrug: why should I think too much about it? (I will give it a short thought in my head, but well yeah that's it.)
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