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Hey guys, I wanted to ask all of you a question (especially to artists, if you wanna give me a piece of adivice): I'm still new into the fandom, but I've been drawing for a while, not too long really. The thing is that a friend of mine begged me to draw something for him, to give it as a gift to her girlfriend. As I was doubtful, he told me that he would even pay me if it was great. So he gave me some references, details, etc, and I began to "work". What has been roaming inside my mind since then is this: "How much money should I ask for? What is more: SHOULD I be the one who sets the price? I found myself in a crossroad. Which one should I choose?

Please help me. Thanks for all future furs who comment this post.

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I would say that in this particular instance, you've accepted a request comission, and not a paid comission. Your friend saying "I'll pay you if it's great" unfortunately carries no.. expectation that you'll get paid, no oral contract, etc. It's rather up to your friend. What you can say to him when it's done: "I would generally think about charging something like $50 for this. But since we did not set a price in advance, I'd appreciate $20." or such. Be honest about those sort of numbers.

In the future, it's good to say 'Well, I'll draw that inked for $30, colored for $50" or whatnot before you start working on the art. Lots of artists list comission prices on their websites, art site profile pages, and the like.  There can be room for negotiation, or discounts for friends, or doign requests or gifts--  but set these things before you start.

 

--Chi

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Thanks, I've already set a price taking basis in what you told me  Smiling Now that's one worry ticked out from my list

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