Bust commission for Lotticauda!

Bust commission for Lotticauda!

Why are your horrors so expensive?
Anonymous ASKED

missmonstermel:

emilysculpts:

eskiworks:

denalilobita:

homemadehorrors:

This is a question with a lot of facets, and I’m assuming you’re referencing our minimum quote for a completely original commission, because we have critters in our line-up that cost less than a trip to the movies.

I’ll start with the big one; because we are professional artists. Being good at a craft takes training and time, and you pay for both. My favorite illustration quote, and I apologize for having forgotten the source goes something like this;
"Q: If it only takes you 15 minutes to draw that, why do I have to pay you so much?
A: Because you’re paying for the years of practice it took me to be able to draw it in 15 minutes.” While we’re not talking about illustrations OR 15 minutes here, the meat of the statement is still applicable.

Bones and I have been sculpting since we could be trusted not to put the play-doh in our mouths. We have some expensive educations between us, and  have logged many hours of studio time under other professional sculptors. I’m sure you’re going ‘ho hum, I don’t need this backstory!’ but this is all experience that informs the final product. We like to think we’re pretty good at what we do, and we have a lot of wonderful clients who agree.

An off-shoot here is also design. We’re pretty meticulous about our designs, both from an aesthetic point of view, and a structural one. We don’t do ‘good enough’, and while design and engineering are two of the most fun parts, they’re skills that also take time.

Time, which is another factor. This should be a no-brainer, but lots of people forget that answering emails, anon tumblr asks, comments, updating websites, photographing and posting things four thousand places all fall under the umbrella of working hours. Commissions involve a lot of back and forth particularly, between ourselves and the client, and between ourselves. Its not just the actual hands-on workshop hours we’re talking about.

We are careful about the sorts of materials we buy as well; cutting corners leads to crappy creatures that look horrible. Buying expensive supplies in large quantities costs more than buying cheap craft-grade supplies from the local art store.

The boring stuff is that we have bills to pay. We also need to buy doughnuts and cat food and occasionally new shoes or glasses (Bones I am looking at you here). We have vet bills, and insurance, gas and sometimes I splash out on a new pair of socks. What we do needs to be worthwhile monetarily for two reasons; one, we need to live and two, we’re bringing down the market if it isn’t.

Under valuing your work is a huge disservice to the art community. It tells people that “Hey, artists don’t need to earn a living wage! They can live off sunshine and pot noodle!”. It tells people that what you’ve created isn’t worth all the time, energy, and expertise you’ve invested. Your work’s price tag also carries an assumption of value. This is why in studies, people drinking wine they’ve been told is expensive are not only more satisfied, they rate it higher in terms of flavour. If your pricing is on par with Walmart, people assume that its Walmart quality, which is not the message any artist wants to send.

I’ve already gone on longer than I intended, but that’s a brief overview of the factors I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure if I had another cup of coffee in my I could go on, but I’ve got painting t’do.

~W (who kinda likes pot noodle anyway)

A good post.

I’ve had rude cheapskates come to me and fling around assumptions that I’m somehow overcharging and making tons of profit by nickle and diming people- not so.

People just look at the lump sum of money the artist buys and assumes all of that’s lining the artist’s pocket. But don’t forget, professionals are declaring this on their income taxes, a significant chunk of the money can be eliminated right away due to taxes, Paypal fees, Etsy fees, etc. If you accept credit cards in your shop you can be triple dipped with high fees.

Then of course all the materials you guys mentioned plus some ones customers wouldn’t normally think of- things like sewing machine maintenance, new scissors, thread, sculpting tools, glues, etc. And if you’re asked to do something you’ve never done before, there’s the preliminary work and prototyping that comes with that. Even if the work may not be part of the final product, it is still part of the process of that commission and the working hours should definitely be considered when figuring out pricing.

If you want a stable, lucrative job, crafting probably isn’t the best field… we do this because we love it! We crafters are accept slightly lower wages to create cool stuff for a living, so when people ask me to drop my prices even lower, it hurts a whole lot. You’re telling me I don’t even deserve this low-budget lifestyle I already live. u_u

Thank you Worms and Bones for the extremely well worded answer!  This applies to my field as well.  Also thank you DenaliLobita for your last comment there.  That is why price complaints tend to really get to me.  The complainers are essentially saying that we don’t deserve the pay we get for our hard earned skills and our time.  And truthfully, that’s a very cruel thing to say to someone.  Overall, crafters and artists tend to not exactly be rolling in dough, due to the intermittent and unexpected pay we get for what we do (as a freelancer especially).  So even if we get that one AWESOME high paying gig, it has to last us till the next job, which may be months for some.

Please consider all the factors listed here before you complain about the price of art. We work very hard to create things we know people will love.

i am actually currently writing a blog post on this subject, but this is SO well written that i had to reblog.  it echos a lot of my thoughts and covers things a lot of people don’t like to talk about.  thank you, all three of you, for this.

Dogpiling on to this.

When i sell a piece it’s not all profit. I have paypal fees, monthly store fees, materials bought ( the amount of $ i spend on silicone for molds would blow y’alls hair back ) , tax i have to pay on my income…at the end of all that i get to pay myself an hourly wage. But oops i forgot that some of those hours were spent on research or educating myself on/investing in new techniques. So how much actual time was put into that piece? It’s hard to even tell at that point.

Also if i sell a piece at a gallery show not only do they take 40% i also don’t see that actual payment for about 2-3 months ( show runs for a month and then i get paid a month or so after that) A lot of my work is made sort of “planting seeds” for future payments- gallery shows, shirt/barrette/etc designs sold through online retailers and such things where i don’t see income from for quite awhile.

Right now im working almost triple time, making work for a convention, making work for a gallery show thats right after said convention and making work to sell through my shop so i can generate immediate income. But i also spent most of my day yesterday wrapping, packing and printing labels for artwork sold last week instead of working on prep. Which means i spend my weekend catching up ( and uh, being on tumblr oops)

When i get someone telling me my work is expensive, it’s a hard thing to read knowing that i work myself silly to earn my living and make my work the best that i can. I hope it’s just from genuine ignorance but the “too expensive” thing is also used to deliberately hurt an artist by making them feel devalued or “too big for their britches.  It’s hard to tell which side of the fence a “expensive” comment is coming from so if an artist reacts with anger…well, that’s why.

It’s hard knowing the person on the other end is probably young and still has things like weekends to themselves, time to lavish on video games ( something im all bitter about because boy do i miss games) and a secure roof over their head thanks to a parent. They have never dealt with the hundred little hurts and stresses that come with this business so it’s even more frustrating.

And if you think im just all about money, well you are half right ( but kind of a butthole for saying that). I’m not a hobby artist, this is my sole means of earning a living so i can be a functioning 36 year old adult. That does not diminish my skill or passion for what i do, it just lights more of a fire under my ass to be the best i can and be fierce about it. Because this is it.

You might say “well, wahhh go do something else for your living then” To which first I’d tell you to fuck right off but id also let you know that i have worked many many jobs from cocktail waitress to designing phone interfaces for a Big Company.  What did i do when i came home from those jobs? I made art.  This is what i want to do, this is what i worked so hard to get to do as a full time gig for the last 10….12? years. So yes, im going to pay myself a fair(ish) and professional wage. When someone pays what i ask without fussing at me, it is a great joy and a huge compliment. It says to me “your work is worth it” and that makes me want to work even harder.

TLDR: The fastest way to insult an artist is to tell them they are expensive. Think first.

Commission of Scorpius for the lovely people at Semper Fi Comics! Naturally, I’ve only just become acquainted with their project, but I’m really impressed with the quality of their stuff.  Check ‘em out if you get the chance!

Commission of Scorpius for the lovely people at Semper Fi Comics! Naturally, I’ve only just become acquainted with their project, but I’m really impressed with the quality of their stuff.  Check ‘em out if you get the chance!

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Mass Effect buttons: 3 for $5 comes to $1.67 per button, all 20 for $35 comes to $1.75 per button. Why? ;~;
Anonymous ASKED

Short Answer: Those are the promotions I set for everyone’s convenience and were never meant to be compared with one another.  If you only want a few, pick your favorites; if you like them all, here’s the set!

Long Answer: The base price for each button is actually $2, which to begin with I think is not an unusual price for 1.5” button with this quality of artwork.  The original post allowed additional buttons to be bought at that price ($2), but I did not include that option in my storenvy.  So with either promotion, you do get some kind of discount.  The difference between the two numbers (the first rate you mentioned and the $35) is also only about $1.60, which I think is really negligible? Especially since a set of 20 buttons is going to be a little heavier for shipping.  Plus y’know, $35 is just a nice round number.  

That’s just how I set the prices, sorry but not sorry.

what is tegaki ?
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m-oshun:

YES LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT. It’s what got me started, how I discovered ~tablets~ (I still have my first Bamboo), and how I met a bunch of cool people (that are largely on Tumblr now). 

Tegaki E is a drawing applet based on its Japanese counterpart/TegakiJ. It has no layers, no eyedropper tool, no redos, everything is handdrawn/written, and if your browser is of the uncooperative kind and crashes and you didn’t get to save, you lose everything. It’s beautiful. 

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Could you draw male and fem shepard for the buttons?? :)
Anonymous ASKED

Hey anon!  Well uh…I feel personally done with the button set as a project, so I probably won’t. I wanted to include other characters as well, but at this time I just feel like it’s complete.

I decided not to as well because …I figured lots of people had custom Shepards or something, so it didn’t feel right I suppose? I liked the idea of whoever bought buttons is Shepard (themselves) and whatever buttons you got were your own personal squad, hehe.

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housemdofficial:

I’VE REACHED 200 FOLLOWERS AND AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

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RULES

  • you don’t have to be following me (but if you’d like to here’s my art only blog)
  • likes and reblogs count! i don’t care how many times you reblog it but be considerate of your followers
  • there’ll be three winners (one for each of house’s original team: cameron, foreman, and chase)
  • no giveaway blogs. 

THE PRIZES

  • the first name drawn (from a random # generator) will have a choice between a rendered portrait or a flat colored fullbody
  • seconda boss ass sketch + flat colors [fullbody]
  • third - a slightly less boss ass sketch + flat colors [portrait]

this giveaway ends february 15, 2014 @ 5:00 PM - PST 

ANNND finally long overdue painting from that giveaway for rocketpunchhh! Thanks for waitin ;;;

ANNND finally long overdue painting from that giveaway for rocketpunchhh! Thanks for waitin ;;;

nomoeheroes:

Fandom making you draw all the things you’d never would have thought you would.

More Boss Sophie, a la stone age.

nomoeheroes:

Fandom making you draw all the things you’d never would have thought you would.

More Boss Sophie, a la stone age.

Just a wee update that I’m moving my button sales to my storenvy.  Threw up a few old posters there too, if you’re into that.

Just a wee update that I’m moving my button sales to my storenvy.  Threw up a few old posters there too, if you’re into that.

nomoeheroes:

gotta dress like ur making the dollahs because you totally are

i’m neck deep in the saints row series i can’t

nomoeheroes:

gotta dress like ur making the dollahs because you totally are

i’m neck deep in the saints row series i can’t

takedowndag:

Support the official english translation of Wakfu season 1 right here

oH MY GOD I STILL GET SUPER EMOTIONAL ABOUT ANYTHING WAKFU!! I’m also really impressed with the English voices for Grovy and Eva, they seem to be a good fit compared to their French voices 8’)

Please go support this amazing series, so that more people can watch it!!

spicyshimmy replied to your post: rislac replied to your post: 100% meme…

I WANNA KNOW BOUT UR IDEAS

oops i meant to answer this earlier but i got distracted by dads doting on their kids and had to compose myself

LAUGHS HONESTLY I’M TOO EMBARRASSED TO TALK ABOUT THEM AT LENGTH at this time, but basically i have one about renegade dream benders, another about a space mercenary who is out to fulfill a promise while trying not to be killed by an android, and another about a relic-collecting demon cat who’s lived a long ass time and has seen a ton of history.

Summaries, I’m good at them.

rislac:

everyone has a hot boss like it’s saints code to be hot or smt

kicking ass while looking good, that’s just how we do
surprising me is not good for my health though, I stop breathing for a second and everythinG  but really i love this, thank you ;;

rislac:

everyone has a hot boss like it’s saints code to be hot or smt

kicking ass while looking good, that’s just how we do

surprising me is not good for my health though, I stop breathing for a second and everythinG  but really i love this, thank you ;;