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Anonymous asked: What causes the price to be so expensive? (not in a bad way im just curious)





It’s a fair question (when asked nicely), and it’s one that artists get a lot (though often asked not so nicely).

Pricing your art can be one of the more stressful parts of the job, especially when that art is your sole or main income.  There are a few main factors to consider:

First, materials.  Pretty basic logic there. How much did you spend to assemble the materials necessary?

Second, time. You basically have to work out what would be a good hourly wage for your work.  If you spend a bajillion hours on something, that has to be taken into account when you price it.

Third, knowledge/experience/expertise. This is the weird nebulous part of pricing.  You have to consider all the hours of practice, refinement, failures, and development that goes into each piece and your style and skill overall.  Magweno put it well in a response to someone on DA:


Original art is expensive.  I actually had the Gubbin bases cast in resin because it means I can charge $125 for them instead of the higher price I would need to charge if I’d made each one from scratch without that base.  I had initially been hoping to sell each for a bit less, but I got too wrapped up in doing extra details on the paint job, so the hours I invested started to lengthen a bit.

Anyway, I hope that helps!

Magweno hit it out of the park with that DA response!

This is indeed something people forget, you are not just paying an artist for the material or per hour wage for a piece, you are also paying for all the expertise and time they spent to get to that skill level point. 

This is also why it is okay and expected for an artist to charge a little more over time as their product is refined and improved - so to add to people asking artists about pricing, also don’t ask an artist "You charged ____ / less for this same thing 2 years ago.  Why is it so much more now?" Because that too is insulting, and like saying all your hours spent to refine are also worth nothing.

Remember, kids - art is a luxury purchase, not something that you need to live. That means that if you can’t afford it, you don’t get it, and you don’t have the right to ask an artist to lower their prices.

If you can’t afford an artist’s work, either go and find a different artist whose prices are within your budget, or start saving those pennies so that you can afford to pay the artist you want at their proper prices.

No, it’s not always nice to be told that you can’t have what you want, but the world doesn’t revolve around you and your wants, does it.

Don’t be a spoiled child.

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Y’all can keep your fancy pants Princess Mononokes and your HTTYD aus. As far as I’m concerned the man-eating plant musical is the clear choice here.

There’s probably gonna be a part two. Someday.

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The video begins humorously as Anthony Carbajal, a photographer, dresses up in a neon bikini top and soaps up a car before being doused with ice water. 

So watch the full video here and laugh out loud at the first half and then get ready to tear up in the second half. 

There are a lot of diseases that don’t get the support they need because there aren’t a huge number of people who experience them, so it’s difficult to raise awareness, difficult to find investors, basically people don’t have the emotional connection they do with something that a huge number of people deal with and the pharmaceuticals to treat them aren’t as profitable. Like, a friend of mine was at an MS fundraiser and the grim joke used to try to lighten people’s spirits for feeling like they weren’t raising as much money as they wanted was “Let’s face it guys, we aren’t cancer”

The ice bucket challenge has made people donate something like ten times as much to ALS this year than previous years. I know people are concerned about wasting water, but you’ll do a lot more good on that front if you take a stand against bottled water and soft drinks, particularly from companies like Nestle, than getting mad at people trying to raise awareness for an illness that let’s be honest not a lot of people were very familiar with before this. Just be responsible, be aware, and try not to take your frustration out on the wrong people.

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