If you're wondering why I am doing all of this, I am gearing up to push my freelance art business to a whole new level. It's going to be streamlined in ways it has never been before based on everything I have learned these past four years since I started doing this professionally. I am really excited to see how it goes once I start getting commissions. Hopefully my new process will end my struggles with giving people estimates. Too many times I have underestimated how much time a project will take and it's never fun having to tell someone I went over-budget. I've lost out on a lot of money because it would be bad business to jack up my price and charge someone more after I already quoted them a lower price. I am hoping to cover my buns and make sure all of my clients are happy and my pricing is super clear from now on. If you ever wondered why I mark down my labor time on literally every single piece I submit, it's because I have been documenting and timing myself over the years so I know what to charge for every sort of art I create.
Anywho, that all said, my only concern is of course competing with other artists working in my niche at my skill level (or above) since I know the DA art economy is crap. Yep, I said it. People who charge $5-$20 for a fully rendered, gorgeous illustration are a problem for me and any other artist who has rent and bills to pay and needs to make a living wage. I won't relent and lower my hourly rate, as I feel I've worked hard to get to this point and my art is valuable. I do fear that no one will commission me because they will still feel my prices are too high. I guess it all boils down to people who truly value my art will pay my price, if not they can go elsewhere. I also know that when I advertise my buns off, even for cheap $10 gigs, I get next to no takers. Hopefully after I whip up this gorgeous price sample catalog, all of that will change. I am also going to try advertising on YouTube as well to drum up interest. This won't be easy, but I am determined to be successful at freelancing and break free of the 'starving artist' syndrome I have had for far too long.
The above image is a fanart of Wobbly Headed Bob that I made for my dad a few years ago, since he enjoys Jhonen Vasquez' comic 'Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.' He is the very image of how I feel with my financial struggles and difficulties in freelancing xD I don't wanna be Bob forever. It's time to make a change!
To my dear watchers, please consider sharing this or commissioning me for a sketch. I’ve been in dire financial straits for months now with very few art commissions to sustain me. I desperately need the income, so please help!
Sketch Commission List
1. Liz-66 *Payment received 7/1/14 - DONE!*
2. silentline26 *Payment received 6/14/14 - DONE!*