Alright, so I've been thinking about opening up my commissions for the first time in a while once finals are over. However, this time I'd like to have the option to be doing them for real money instead of just points (though for now the point option will still be available).
Which brings me to my struggle: I'm not sure how much I should charge.
I know a lot of artists new to the commission world tend to undersell themselves and I don't want to do that. However, I also don't want to charge more than my art is worth, else obviously no one will want to buy.
The most expensive thing I'd probably offer would be a full "painted" piece such as this
. I've never kept track of the exact time it takes to make these, but I estimate around 4-6 hours, depending, and the cheapest would be sketches like these
(the uncolored ones), which take a few minutes each. And then, of course, there would be in-between things like a colored sketch or inked flatcolor and the like, but I think once I settle on a price for the most a least expensive I ought to be able to figure out those myself.
So, to my artist friends who have had experience with commissions: having seen the kind of quality of my work and estimates of how long they'd take, what do you think would be a suitable price range to charge for them?