I put 8-10 dollars, but that's more for a stock mnger job though in my neck of the U.S is worth an hour.
Now for art, I think its a little more complex than the hourly rate. I think skill/ability/efficiency of the artist plays a huge part in it. And whether they want a hard copy or a digital copy of the work.
Okay for instance. You have a artist that has been drawing for awhile, so they can charge 5 dollars a sketch. And make maybe 100 dollars an hour. Just quick concepts that get the visual idea across. But there so good, that its real easy for them to lay somebodys idea down on paper.
Where as a less experienced artist, might charge 20 dollars for a sketch. Now its a pretty nice sketch, but it could take them a few hours, to maybe a eight to get the commissioners idea down on paper.
As long as the artist is satisfied with the money they make, and the person that's getting the commission done is happy. That's what matters in the end. From my perspective.
Also I made 20 dollars an hour when I was doing trucking. I don't really want to get back into that field..But I may end up having to. Oh, just got a sinking feeling in my chest. Shit.
I am constantly amazed at how little the artist here on DA value their own artwork. I've seen artist charging as little as three dollars for works of art that must of taken many hours to do. It is becoming impossible to make a living as an artist. Art takes years of training and as much or more skill than many other professions, yet it gets little to no respect. If you are an artist and doing works for someone, why would you charge less money for your work of art that took you years to develop the skills to do than someone charges to say "would you like fries with that?". The artist here on DA need to start getting together to come up with a reasonable pay scale or something.
I agree... sadly though, if I charged by the hour, I wouldn't get ANY jobs. In turn, overall value of art falls even more. It's a vicious cycle. Unless your one of the million+ hit DA gods, or working commercially.
I've been thinking of starting a group on DA...something like Union of Artist to discuss and come up with some sort of fair voluntary pricing system where artist can sortof decide together what a fair value is for a particular artist work based on skill. It would be a lot of work, and I'm not sure I have the time to devote to it though. I also don't have enough followers to get a large enough group following.
Well, DA is a pretty small place compared to the art world in general... And in the end, I probably wouldn't join even though I agree with the message in theory. In practice, because art goes for so little, and because I can afford to, I make it a point to undercut others... it's a jungle out there, and I've got bills to pay. Heck, if such a group existed, I'd put up an advertisement saying I'm NOT a member, and that don't charge their "ridiculous" prices...
It might not even be moral, or honorable, but any time I can sell an equal or better product for slightly less, I totally will! How else can I buy cat food for my cats? It's not like my degree is worth anything in this economy...
I see what your saying. Unfortunately... about a hundred other artist are doing the exact same thing...trying to sell their art for a little less than the next guy. That just hastens the downward spiral of art value. I can't compete on penny wages of some guy living in another country where the cost of living is much lower and so I don't try to. I take the other approach. I only sell my art for its true value. If you can't afford it, I'll sell a print relatively cheap, but if you want an original work of art, it is going to cost. That in itself adds rarity to my work of art and I do the art I want to do. I'm not the cheapest, but there is only one me... and that makes my works rare. Only people who can afford quality will buy the work, and for people who demand quality, price is rarely a factor. If you keep going for low cost, eventually you will find that you'd be better off spending your time working at a minimum wage job and quit art which would be a real shame as you are so talented. Don't under value yourself. There is only one you.
For commissions about $30 an hour, so about $50-70 per commission piece. (for personal use) But I only take commissions when I'm not busy with other jobs. I've had freelance gig's where I've charged about $70 an hour. though, I live in Sweden and there is a 60% tax here.