How to price your Commissioned art in 2022!!!

The amount I should charge for commissions is a constant topic of discussion. I don't want to overcharge and turn away customers or undercharge and not generate enough revenue to support my business. Additionally, artists value their work differently and are free to set their own prices. But I can give you some typical prices that most artists use in order to be transparent about a subject that no one wants to discuss. Subjects: Subject-based commissioned art allows for the artist to paint more than one subject. Some subjects require more time and effort to draw or paint. Various subjects can be painted by different artists at varying speeds. How effectively is the artist promoted? Do they have a fan base, a website, or a presence in galleries? Supply and demand are what will determine the price in this situation. It's time for the artist to increase their prices if they are consistently overbooked. All of these subjects have the potential to affect pricing in some way. Square Inch: Art is priced per square inch in the United States and per square centimeter outside of the country, according to another industry standard. In order to make the artwork accessible to more people than just the one percenters, the price per square inch or centimeter may occasionally be slightly reduced for oversized artwork. Building Your Brand: If you are just starting and building a brand for yourself, you can start with the prices that are listed below and adjust them to fit your artwork. But once you have decided on a price, don't let people haggle. Prices are based on supplies and time, so stick to your guns. If the person wants cheaper artwork, you can kindly offer them prints from existing work you have previously completed. In the past, I have learned that if the price is an issue, they will be the first to complain about the end product. And you don't want any bad online reviews when you are starting, so it is just better to not take the client at all. Don't Paint Tiny Art: You have a minimum size you are willing to paint. Art subjects begin to get more difficult to paint if they get really small. And if someone is trying to cut costs on their end but still wants their pup painted, I understand, but anything smaller than a 12" x 16" can get a little challenging. Supplies: Inflation has changed the cost of our art supplies, so increase your prices accordingly. If all of your supplies cost double, then make sure that they are included in the overall cost. Supplies are expensive and are about half the cost of the product. Always take a 50% deposit to cover the cost of supplies, just in case the client disappears at the end of the project. Fewer people tend to disappear because if they have to put money down, they typically want the product in the end. But if they do disappear, you cover your expenses or losses.


So, now to the nitty gritty. Pets are $2 per square inch. For example, a 16" x 20" multiplies them first. 16x20=320. Multiply that by 2. 320x2=640. So it would be $640. Multiple pets are typically charged $200 more per pet. So, if they wanted a 16" x 20" pet portrait with two dogs and a cat, it would be $640+$200+$200. People: $3.50 per square inch is reasonable. People are picky about people's paintings. You will learn this over time. I also charge $300 per extra person. $1.50 per square inch for landscaping. The paintings of their "House" are $2 per square inch. I hope this helps Happy Painting

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