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Alright, I know this is a huge thing in the adoptable community (or, well, the art community in general). I just want to say that, while I know for some my prices may be seen as overpriced, in most cases they are auction adoptables and thus people only pay what they're comfortable with (and whether that be $10 or $100+, please be respectful to the people who do choose to spend their money as they like).

I personally feel the art community is urged to underprice themselves. You don't have to agree with me, but that's what I've gathered from seeing artists over the years. But I'm going to talk about my art for this, specifically adoptables, so here's my breakdown: people are purchasing, not only character art, but the time it took to make as well as a character design. What that may be worth to one person may be worth something completely different to another, so I ask that you please respect that.

For auction prices going too high--I can't agree that there should be a point where someone says "that's enough" or should be expected to put in more art/etc. They are selling what is advertised, and the people bidding know this as well and bid accordingly. Why should artists have to be so modest when making an honest profit off of their work (and it is work, as well as a honed skill)? I think that mindset encourages the starving artist issue.

I'm not going to run around shouting "MY ART IS WORTH (HOWEVER AMOUNT) OF DOLLARS." I don't think anything is that clear cut. What may be worth a bunch of money to one person is worth absolutely nothing to someone else, and that's fine. But that doesn't mean it needs to be brought up each time--I find it disrespectful toward the people who are willing to pay for whatever that something may be to have people frequently saying to them that they basically don't know how to spend their own money. I am not here to change your world view so you are free to think whatever and whichever is overpriced, overrated, etc etc--I just ask that you don't bring down my or anyone else's customers and myself/any other artists (you can always send me a note if you'd like to discuss anything!).

Of course, if someone officially puts out a notice of the exact expected worth of different kinds of art, feel free to show me and I'll put my foot in my mouth. But for now, artists are running off no comparison. This isn't bring an ad from a different store to your nearest Walmart for the exact item at a lower price to get an automatic markdown to the listed price--this is art. Each individual piece is different and the "worth" is not clear cut.

And for artists that wish for their art to sell more: you'll get there! Just keep on practicing and putting yourself out there. People aren't just born with skill, nor are they born with watchers/people interested to buy their products. It may take some time but as long as you're dedicated you will get to where you want to be; and as long as you do it honestly, you'll have earned every bit of what you get!


I'm sorry if that was a bit scattered, but that's how my mind is at the moment. I may look over this later and write it out a bit more clearly skmgl. Thank you for taking the time to read this!
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The-Bassinator Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I got hate mail when I put up a buyout price of 75$ For one of my adopts that was even coloured, no in fact painted. Enough about me though,  I completely support your message here. I believe that people that only do art as a hobby are bringing the professionals art prices lower. Fair enough if your going to sell an adopt/commission for 5$ And your art skill isn't as high as you'd like it to be or your just trying to get rid of that character in exchange for peace of mind. 
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Chii-Tea Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Artist
This was great to read and because i am just starting it makes some of the confusion about adopts a little less..thanks for taking the time to post this!
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Vanirue Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice completely amazing words you stated c: I'm going to sell adoptables soon and I bumped into this and I read it completely and I agree with everything you have to say especially how high the prices should be (if the artist wants it) when selling adoiptables because they don't only take the artist's drawing and skills they also take the artist's time which time is always precious in my account so yeah Thank you soo much for this Journal :) 
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Awyko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

and Your Welcome :heart:
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013   General Artist
"Of course, if someone officially puts out a notice of the exact expected worth of different kinds of art, feel free to show me and I'll put my foot in my mouth. But for now, artists are running off no comparison."

 If there was I'm sure you'd be getting a lot more then you do from your auctions. The closest I've seen to a notice of how much art is worth, is a book with the average amounts professional artists charge in the US called the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook, which if I'm reading it right, you're not getting anywhere near what they recommend. 
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SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree with this! I mean, I have the hardest time pricing any artwork of mine--adopt or commission--because there are ignorant and cheap people out there. Anything above 100 points/$1 is automatically deemed "too expensive" on DA, unless there's a person who really understands what goes into artwork. 

Heck, someone once told me that 500 points was "too much" for an adopt I really put quality, time, and effort into. And a few months ago, one of my watchers LAUGHED at me during a stream because they had seen the price (800 points/$10) for a fully colored half body commission (with a simple background I put in for free) I was working on and left! I had worked on that commission for 6-7 hours straight, no breaks, and had a stiff hand/wrist afterwards! And it came out great! 

Yet someone was rude enough to laugh at my price for so much work. It really hurt. And what hurts even more is that attitudes like theirs is one of the factors affecting my already existing inability to look at my artwork objectively when I attempt to price them. I'm completely at a loss as to what my artworks' and adopts' individual values would be.
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The-Bassinator Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Heya, You should charge a lot more for your custom chibi's, yes I took a quick peek at your work. Say about 3-5 times the amount your originally charging. If your using a base for them maybe 3x what your charging at the moment. :) 
I can't believe that they laughed though, that's just plain rude! 
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SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You think so? That's great to hear that my chibis are worth something ='D I was thinking about jacking the price up a little before I start school again anyways.

Isn't it? I seriously wish people would remember that everyone online is still a real person with real feelings and lives, and not just someone to pick and laugh at. Those people really need to rethink their lives and realize what's really important: bettering themselves and becoming a good person that can uplift those around them, or becoming what everyone would call, to be blunt, the scum of the earth.
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The-Bassinator Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Of course they're worth something. If they mean anything to you, then they mean something to everybody else too! 
I totally agree you to push the price up before and during school because you'll have less time to do them. Try not to sell youself short. I'd say charge minimum wage per hour you spend on them plus a bit extra for materials too, since your starting out. :)
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SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ok, that sounds like a good idea. ;v; Minimum wage, I think is about $7.25 here, so I guess I'll start from that. Thanks for the encouragement and the tips! I really appreciate the help. :heart:
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