I've been observing a situation of the artist who courageously set up their prices on very decent prices (in meaning: no more 50 bucks full color image of yer characters! but almost 200$ one for her really nice character painting) where I felt so proud of her for being brave to set up the real price of the art. But I was also a witness of bunch of complaining people (mostly I noticed they were young) screaming that her art is not worth for shitload bucks.
I really wanted to slap faces of these people.
Really, who decide that someone's art is worth that price?
You do not decide how much wort is my art - as my work.
You do not know how much effort I've put into a piece, countless hours, stress, time, including also a years of practice and studies, frustration as well personal finances into the art materials.
Do you think my art is a fun hobby?
You do not decide if my art is a form of fun and what are real feelings with the artist while working on artwork as part of paid job.
It's no more scribbling like from the childhood.
Art is my job and a work where I have to pay bills.
You see my newest fully painted picture, where I greatly appreciate if you liked- however you're just seeing the picture with no effort, which suddenly popped up in your inbox and for that moment you gain the feeling like I am having magic powers to create a living illustration. I'm glad you are able to enjoy my artwork (as well others) with no effort.
However, I as an artist, in reality where no part of you can see- I put a hard work, many hours of sitting and painting till my back will scream at me for a break and stressing out a lot if I'll make on the time to work on next commissions.
Kind of unpleasant and typical stress like during the work.
Just think about the artist.
Especially one who is attempting into real artistic career and makes a living with the art.
Also I discovered one of common issues answering why the full time freelance artists are working on commissions forever and meantime having remaining list of unfinished commissions- are still taking new commissions. Also I've experienced that.
That causes lot's of stress and frustration for the artist and the Client.
Because of the "Internet prices".
If the artwork is charged for too little money than what real is deserved by, it leads to the "trap". Example: if the artist earns about 100$ with a pile of work which worth 3 weeks of work makes artist impossible to keep up with finances which are necessary for living/or goals/, the stressed artist is forced (sometimes "silently", without online announcing) to take another bath of commissions for money needs and in that method artist is building up remaining list more and more, making an "endless" list of work and commissioners who ordered before are thrown to bottom. That system leads to destruction.
That's why I've seen artists doing major sales (they did amazingly detailed characters for very low prices) they left websites due to surreal stress with commissions and even more, having an endless list of remaining commissions, they attempt to disappear and not finishing any of commission.
If you are the artist who is working full time on art for living, PLEASE be realistic how much is your art worth and don't be afraid if no one will buy if is "too high". Your mental and physical health is more important.
Most of people on the internet are young, still being at the school, usually living with parents having granted food and living basics for "free" and mostly young people view art as a fun part coming from fandom and "hey I can draw that too!"
which is far away from the real ART realm.. deviantART is an universal community not only where people share art but fandom also. That's the internet. (PS: for the information: please pay attention that I marked NOT all young people are "like that" but it's in generic example. Of course there are older people who act like that. In general I'm regarding and what I've observed with the young people is the fact different experience and view on market.)
Lately I've met many non-internet freelance artists (who doesn't work via the internet and internet communities, majority they expose real art in galleries, meetings, conventions, illustrations for books, designers and doing jobs in real life forms) and mostly were specializing in wildlife and fantasy themes
that's why I'm bringing that journal, to bring positive chances for the artists.
Do you really want know how much the real life artist takes for the painting?
I find that if someone is judging how much is worth art of certain person, is extremely rude and beyond egoistic without having a view from other person.
If you don't like the artist's price and think it doesn't deserve (nothing "doesn't deserve) from your opinion- simply don't buy and that's all.
Is that simple, isn't?
Commenting like that on public to artist is a childish act which is showing how you want to control and decide other's lives. Save it to your imagination.
Save your stress and eventually you'll understand why art is worth "that" much, and who knows, you might would want to come back and buy something from that artist where you disagreed their prices! Also read this and my past journal about the price of art which may help you to find some answers :] goldenwolf.deviantart.com/jour…pearleden.deviantart.com/journ…
I'm calling to encourage artists for positive changes, to judge by themselves how much is really worth their own art (especially to overcome the FEAR which blocks to decide themselves, do what they really want instead pleasing and letting themselves others to decide for them) and other people to understand and respect the artist.
Soon I'm posting a new commission system, prices and information.