Aye, though with what I have in mind, your shaded style would be far more fitting. I'm still doing a lot of pondering but the real limit is my wallet at this point.
What would your price be for a two character image, shaded style? Large and detailed enough to be a novel cover. Involving alien mermaid, underwaterness, space elf in a spacesuit, and space. Normally I'd just commission my good friend SatraThai but her commissions are down due to paypal being a derp and what I have planned will cost a big chunk of change anyway, so I might as well get it done with as much detail as money can buy right away.... but how much is that much? (And can I get a discount if I mail you some Roll up the rim to win coupons~?)
Listen, I'm the guy who'd run in anywhere and yell whatever I please. And right now, I only care about my friends and family, and those who aren't fortunate enough in life. I don't care if this guy gets paid 2.5 an hour, because I see that people are commissioning him, and he's pulling in money. So, I don't care about his salary when he's getting lots of money right now from commissions.
Not for the quality. If I had the money, I'd pay it. I appreciate how much time and effort that has gone into not only the sketch, but the learning and the skills required to do it. This is how artist's make a living, and generally, when an artist asks for this much on a sketch, you're getting a pretty high quality "sketch".