Why so anonymous?
I don’t necessarily find this ‘mean’ but I do find it very problematic. This way of thinking is the reason why most artists who offer commissions these days undercharge. Somehow, art has become so undervalued on the internet that people think they should be able to get it for dirt cheap.
Please, please, please take a gander at this great post about underpricing and undervaluing commission art. It may open your eyes as to why what you’ve written is so damaging for artists and commissioners alike.
Here’s just one paragraph from the aforementioned write-up:
I feel artists charging so lowly for their work breeds an attitude of entitlement in clients. This manifests in the messages artists receive begging them to lower their prices, telling them their art isn’t worth x or y, showing shock at the extravagant amounts that artists ask for their work (‘extravagant’ often being ‘enough to buy one meal in return for six or seven hours of work’). It does not help that art is often marketed as ‘cheap’ therefore worth buying (‘you should commission this artist, their work is so cheap and affordable!’) versus the fact it is worth buying because it is beautiful, custom-made, one-of-a-kind, everything else that art is and can be.
Did you know that if I ‘snapped’ my current prices in half, I’d be doing work for less than legal minimum wage? And commission/freelance jobs are my wages right now. This is part of my job. Not to mention, those prices are far less expensive than what I charge for other commissions. I’m already underpricing my work based on hourly wage calculation. This is real work, you know?
The culture of commissions has become so problematic that most artists actually feel bad for charging what their art is worth and balk at asking even $10 or $20 for what could be hours of work. Most artists, myself included, innately undervalue their own art because of constant exposure to this sort of thing. Most professions would never think twice about charging for their work but because art has become so undervalued, most artists starting out ((and even those who’ve been at it a while)) are scared to even think about it.
Did you know that with bell commissions ((or any commissions done for points, forum currency, etc)), you are getting free art? It may have taken you some time to sell enough bugs and fish to buy that gorgeous picture of your mayor with your favourite villager, but you essentially got it without having to pay a cent. And that’s fine. That’s fun. What sucks is when it colours your opinion of what that free art ((and that artist’s time)) is actually worth.
I’m in no way under the illusion that people have money to just ‘throw around’. I certainly don’t and that’s why I’m charging money in return for a service, much like a stylist or dentist or mechanic or musician. However I don’t think it’s entirely cool of you to assume that the majority of the AC community doesn’t earn their own money and thinks similarly ((although I’m sure the sentiment is out there, because this way of thinking is so prevalent)).
Commissions are a luxury. So is that game you have in your 3DS, but you or whoever bought it didn’t think twice about paying for it. Or maybe you did?
tl;dr I’m sorry you don’t like my prices but if I want to pay my bills and buy food, I have to charge a living wage. Or at least what’s even sort of close to one. Please read this post, as linked above, to understand this a bit more. Thanks.
Rebloggin’ to my personal cos I kinda feel strongly about this.