"In 2008, Sean Jordan, founder of Army Ant Publishing, claimed established freelance comic book artists were paid anywhere from $220 to $4,400 per book project, which breaks down to $10 to $200 per page. Pencil and inker artists can ask for $75 to $200 a page. Colorists often fall in the range of $35 to $125, and writers and letterers make $10 to $50 a page. A lucky few dozen famous artists working for top companies bring in $1,000 per page."
"While, I'm at it, there's a big matzo ball sitting out there. Sean gives us a pretty good idea of his page rate, which works out to about $450 a page, inking included. We're not talking about a big name star in comics (yet), but that's a lot of cost for talent, especially, when you're talking about a guy whose known work was on moderate selling Vertigo books."
"I highly encourage artists to NEVER charge less than minimum wage for their hourly rate when they are figuring out their prices. If you are going off the hourly as a way to figure out base prices. For the US, $7.25 is a very common minimum wage, so I suggest you round it up to $8 at least. Even at $8 an hour, your page rate should be $40 a page, assuming you spend 5 hours total on it. This method of figuring out your base really depends on tracking and making good use of your time. If your time is highly variable, you might need to use another method.
Another pricing strategy some amateurs/aspiring professionals take the base professional rate and half it as a way of figuring out their base price to break in and slowly raise their prices as they fall into more demand.
You may be tempted as an artist to under charge, and under value your skill. The fear of being denied a job because of charging a decent rate is a huge reason why artists don't get paid well. DO NOT UNDERCHARGE for your skill level. It devalues your work, and devalues every other artist's work too. Try to stay in line with other artists of your skill and resume level, and what you need to charge to cover your bills and make a living."
When I first started, I would keep my price lower than maybe I should, but if you're going to make a living, you have to stand up for yourself and be a great agent for your work. Be proud and confident in what you do. They need your services, and you just need to decide who is lucky enough to receive those services."Even if you are lucky enough to get an extended run on something, you're still not making $6,000 a month. Remember those extended production times? Yeah... these days, most comic book artists need more than a month to pencil a book, much less pencil AND ink a book. Some creators can, of course, but again, they're the exception. And to come in even CLOSE to the deadlines you have to work under in comics means a lot of long hours at the art table, 8-12 hours a day, depending on how fast you can draw."
"For creator-owned books – which, again, do not always generate page rates – that amount ranged from $17 to $100 per page, while for-hire naturally was much higher. On the low end, publishers like Boom! and IDW paid between $50 and $150, with the higher end found publishers like Marvel, DC and Dark Horse paying upwards of $300 per page, topping out at nearly $500."
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It depends on what you mean. Most original art for manga is drawn at a smaller size than most original art for American comics. Do you mean the pencils, inks and grayscale or just the grayscale?
Just the grayscale. The page is already been inked. and it's an American manga. Ink on Photoshop in 17x11 with 400 dpi. I only need to put some grayscale on it ala Attack on Titans. They wanted it to look like Attack on Titans. I already done the test page/samples. I just want to know what rate I should give them. Thanks!!!
That's a tough one, man. Colorists seem to get something around $20-$100 a page but gray tones might run a little less. They shouldn't though. You should get at least as much as someone doing flats. More, I think, because you are rendering all the value. It depends on the work. I'd say, look at hour many hours it takes you to do a page. Make sure you charge above the min wage for your time so it's worth doing. I mean, or less if you want but you're donating your time at that point (you are volunteering). There's nothing wrong with volunteering if you believe in the project. Whatever floats your boat. Just don't cheat yourself. It's really up to you in the end.
I was recently offered $14 per page to make a comic for some guy, so I'm a little glad I found this. Since it would take a few days to fully finish a single page (pencils, inking, colors and all) it just didn't seem to add up right to me. Still, the guy insisted that it was a good deal and I'd practically be an idiot to turn it down.
All I know is, it takes me a full day or more to pencil a semi-realistic page and I can't afford to work an entire day for $10/day whether I want to or not. Inking it would take another day and could cost me that entire $10 in pens and ink. If I can both pencil and ink a page in a less demanding style in less than an hour (which I can) then maybe $10 is worth it. It depends on the investment you are making and how much you value your time.
* More often than not, I decide my time would probably be better spent honing my skills so my pages are worth enough someday to justify a higher page rate. In that way, personal time drawing my own projects can be more valuable to me than the $10 I earn from taking an assignment.
(Sorry if it may misunderstood you. I'm not an english-speaker person, tough I write very much in english for the need of this website.)
Now please answer me for sake of not devaluing mine and others skills should I commit suicide because the wage I can get is at best 20-30 USD for inking and penciling and most of potential clients just say "it's not what we are looking for" or should I stay unemployed and starve hoping I won't die before i get decent payment?
"'The true nature of anything,' Aristotle says, 'is what it becomes at its highest.' Not the embryo, but the full- grown man; not any man, but man at his greatest." ~ Edith Hamilton (The Echo of Greece)
Your work seems to be high quality, but very horror-oriented. Not a bad thing, but not everyone wants to work in the horror. You draw a manga style also, if I scroll down far enough, so I know you can work in "friendlier" styles. Maybe try putting together a sheet showing many styles you can work in to broaden your audience? Additonally, many independent comic artists nowadays are looking to work digital, so it might help to show you're familiar with digital inking too. From my experience, heavily hatched styles like yours are hard to translate to a colorable form, so perhaps showing you are well-versed in digital inking would help with sales. (I don't know that you are versed, but I saw some pieces said to have been edited and colored in Krita, so presumably you own a tablet and know your way around digital art?)
Kinda long but hope it helps?