It’s fine if you don’t value my time the way that I value my time. But at least I don’t send passive-aggressive, anonymous messages to artists through the internet like a coward.
Have a stellar day! :)
These kinds of messages burn me up.
The $40 option here isn’t a “sketch,” they’re actually fully realized line drawings, and if you’re doing that kind of work for a client, I might spend between two and four hours on something like it. I do my pricing a little differently, but it does come out analogously to the prices listed on Katy’s commission post.
So if I budget my time, I would typically complete this sort of commission between two and three hours, coming out somewhere between $30 and $45. This means I’m probably working at about fifteen dollars an hour.
A typical forty-hour work week at fifteen bucks an hour over a period of 26 pay periods at an entry-level job in your run-of-the-mill for-profit organization comes out to about $31,000ish annually after a bachelor’s degree, which is just under the bottom rung of what we would consider the American middle class (even though it’s a huge, vague guesstimate, most studies place the bottom rung at about 30-35k).
But also bear in mind that if you’re doing free-lance work, you don’t have the predictable income of a salaried job, so artists don’t often get up to that forty hours. So for skilled artists, long dry spells are sometimes kind of disastrous on the budget, and to lower our prices to make them seem more accessible damages a sustainable creative market overall in the long run, especially for working professional artists with a degree - a degree that most of us presumably need to pay off for the majority of our lives. This is especially worrisome if we’re new and we haven’t built a regular clientele.
So messages like these aren’t even saying that we don’t deserve compensation for our time, our training, and our skills. They’re basically telling artists that our time and expertise isn’t even worth the investment of our standard education.
$40 for even slightly more realized pieces is pretty modest.
One major facet of cultural appropriation is taking artifacts that would be violent on the body of a person of color and making them trendy on a white body.
That’s why Forever 21 is able to sell a Black Panther crop top, and why Che Guevara t-shirts are so popular, and why Macklemore can win Grammy’s for writing songs about smelly sheets, and why white drugged out kids can walk around Coachella in tacky “native” headdresses.
When people of color cannot participate in aspects of their culture without persecution, but white people are welcome to those aspects, that’s a major undeniable example of white privilege.
Does anyone else ever kinda gently spank themselves on the butt out of habit because you enjoy the slight jiggling sensation?
artemis from young justice > Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss
ALSO OMG SHE’S ASIAN YESSS
I was watching the show, and Robin mentions Artemis’s mom, Huntress, by name, and the fact that I heard cartoon Robin say “Nguyen” out loud made me feel like I could imagine myself in the same universe as Batman and Wonder Woman for the first time in my life, and I almost cried.
Personal page of a certain doodler and casual webcomicker.
Lots of oppression discourse, magical girls, illustration, and comics.
I know it looks like it's mostly pictures and doodles sometimes, but seriously just go follow my art tumblr (conveniently located under the "Pages" tab) if that's what you're looking for because I am going to blog about oppression a lot and will not be feeling inclined to personally or gently usher anyone into a conversation for which they have no context.