im not even an artist and these prices are hurting my feelings
This is what I have to dig through every time I look for new jobs to apply for.
For non-artists, let’s give you a little perspective.
For me, an illustration takes a bare minimum of 6 hours. Mind you, that’s JUST the drawing part. Not the research, or the communications, or gathering information. Just drawing.
That’s if it’s a simple illustration.
My art deco or more detailed stuff can take 20+ hours each.
Even simple, cartoony things still take at least 3 hours.
Let’s go with the second one. 2 illustrations for $25. Figuring 6 hours each. 12 hours total, for JUST the drawings. That’s approximately $2.08/hour.
Asking these prices is an insult. But what’s even more hurtful is there are people out there that will take these jobs. Which only encourages rates like this to be acceptable. And there are people who will try to say these are just what you have to do to get started.
I believed that. So my first coloring gigs were just $10/page. The day someone offered me $25/page for just flatting work, I realized just how wrong I’d been. I’m still not making the rates I’d like, but now I refuse anything below $25/page. Because there is value in my time.
In any standardized industry, even ones that pay piece rate over hourly, these numbers are criminal.
Do your fellow artists a favor. Never accept jobs like these. There are others that pay legitimate rates. Or at least closer to legitimate.
I make more than some of those jobs slinging lattes. *_*
Coming out of baby school, just community college mind you, my instructors told me ‘don’t take a job for under 15/hr’. That is not with large degrees. I now have said large degrees and these prices make me want to vomit in my mouth a little. If I can be paid halfway decently to make coffee, then I would assume that you would want to pay your artist MORE THAN A THIRD OF MINIMUM WAGE to create your product.
Otherwise how do you expect that 1) people with the skills you seek will be stupid enough to take your job, and 2) how do you expect your artist to care about the finished product when what you are paying them does not even amount to a full tank of gas on a mid-sized vehicle.