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Don't under-sell yourself

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:48 PM
:star: 100 points = $1 :star:
I see so many people on here under-selling themselves, and I've read and talked with lots of folks about how it's been ruining the business on this website. It may be good for the kids who only want to pay 10 cents for commissions, but it's bad for the person doing the artwork and especially bad for people who set their prices realistically trying to make REAL money. Be it for bills, goals, etc.
I've seen other people make journals like this, and now I'm gonna do it too.
If you raise your prices, you and the artists around you can earn more money.
When I see people under-selling their work, I sometimes point it out and try to encourage them to reconsider what they're doing and how changing would be much more beneficial to them. 

I know some people are scared to change their prices. "No one will commission me if I do!" But imagine what would happen if all the people you see around you under-selling themselves raised their prices? Fans and buyers would have to save more money to receive the art they want from you. 
That might sound bad, but really...I think the only bad part is that they might complain about doing more chores for their parents to get more allowance! lol 

I have experience with this. Years ago I used to sell my pixel icons for like 10 points each....then eventually 50 points each. People encouraged ME to raise my prices, and over time I did. Recently I was doing full body character drawings for $8. I would use part of the $8 to ship artwork out, which would leave me with what, maybe $5? As my boyfriend explained this to me, I sat there and wanted to cry looking down at the artwork I was proud of and worked hard on. $5 might buy me a crappy sandwich somewhere. I'm watching my prismacolor pencils slowly widdle away as I use them for myself and other people. Where am I going to get the money for more colored pencils if kids only want to pay me 50 points, not even $1 equivalent?

Look at your prices. You who sell your drawings with detailed shading for 150 points. Are you truly satisfied with charging people $1.50 for all your hard work?  You who draw animated scenes for $2! Do you not feel sad when you see the mere pocket change you've collected?
There's always sayings like "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
I've changed and raised my prices. Will you try to make a difference too?
At least, don't make it worse.

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AndrewCJohnson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
One way to think about it is are you willing to draw for someone else when you could just as easily just draw for yourself! If you want to draw for someone else, at-least ask for the capital minimum wage for each hour it takes and add expenses on top of that!
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kennedoe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're completely right.
I just feel that it's fair for younger deviants (people who only have points, no paypal or cash yet) to be able to afford my art, because I remember sitting there, staring at my idol's commission prices , just wishing i had more points, or any cash whatsoever to buy one D':

but a few months at a time, i'm slowly raising my commission prices so that people won't reject my new prices ;U;
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel bad for some people too, but if somebody wants something bad enough, they can save up for it. That's how life works.
I'm an adult now so I've been learning a lot about money and the importance of spending well and saving. 
I think if people raised their prices, it could teach especially young kids around here the value of money and teach them the benefit of saving money than wanting only instant gratification with cheap ass prices. 

I don't know why people watch me. I have over 700 watchers right now. A handful of them comment/fav. Rarely does anyone commission me, even when I was just selling $8 full body drawings and threw in free patterned paper backgrounds AND free shipping! That hurt me and benefited customers. 700 people who either like my art but all manage not to have $8, or they actually dislike my art (or feel neutral to it) and would never commission me anyways. I know a lot of people probably just watched me for a "watch back", that behavior plagues this website. It's very depressing and discouraging. I've considered quitting art if nobody wants to even talk to me, or support me by saving up money for what they might want. Man my art must look like crap xD 

Anyways enough of my blabber lol Good luck with raising your prices! I hope your fans support you and you become successful if you're not already~
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kennedoe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, shoot. everything you're saying is true!;o; that makes me feel a lot better about the situation, because I've never thought about it that way :'>

and i know what you mean by 'why bother making deals when people rarely take them.' 
it's kind of hard to explain, but I'm one of those people who is guilty of being a silent watcher sometimes, but when i see artists giving out deals, i want to take them because I know how they feel. but it's just hard because I am always saving up for something, and I'm in the same boat where I have no idea when my next money commission is coming in and UGH I WISH I HAD MORE MONEY and typical things like that.
BASIC PROBLEMS

but yeah, thanks a lot for this! it really helped me out<3 :>
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nahh it's ok! It's important to remember money stuff like that, especially in a community like ours with so many people buying and selling. ^u^ I didn't used to think about it too hard either, when I was much younger I sold pixel icon commissions for like 10 points at first! lol I facepalm myself now just thinking about the hundreds of icons I did stressing about the piles of work I gained ;o; 
I'm wondering if I should....try..some lower price option again. I was thinking more about your comment too, thinking about it a lot actually. I'm afraid to go back on my speeches and beliefs though, and also afraid of attracting customers who have the money to spend on higher priced commissions but would only pay me as little as possible if that's what I had available. ;n; 
But I don't know...some people seem to be doing "doodle" commissions that are like simple scribbly colored chibis and stuff, maybe I could do stuff like that~
Commission stuff is tough

Yeah! Like sometimes I feel like I'm just embarrassing myself if I make even $5 commissions and nobody wants them. lol 
I always worry about feedback and how people will respond to my artwork and commissions...
I totally understand where you're comin' from too, it's nice to support people sometimes, I feel bad for people too. I commissioned a bee painting from one of my friends/idols for $50 and she's been growing so much more since then, I can see. It feels good to help people. 
Some basic problems on my end too, no worries XD you're not alone lolol :hug:

Np! Thanks a lot for chatting with me, it makes me feel to better to pour out my thoughts with folks sometimes. ^u^
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kennedoe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i know! when I first started out i was doing the same thing, but I knew i sucked back then so I thought i'll just make these super cheap and maybe someone will take one lol
but now that i've improved so much and a few people actually stop by every now and then to get commissions i feel pretty good about life hAHA. they're still not very expensive (like they're still less expensive than a few other artists who--personally speaking--aren't as skilled or as varied as I am) but they're not dirt cheap

that's basically the same thing for me :'U
i want to intentionally keep them lower than others (for economic competition huehue) but I'm not sure if I should be competing a step higher or nah
THERE ARE ECONOMICS IN THIS, yes it is tough! ;O;
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL Yeah when I was really young, I was just praying someone would like my pixel scribbles too XD 
It does feel amazing to get commissions when you get a bit older and more experienced! :dance: When I get a commission and people compliment my work, it's just like...wow somebody not only noticed my work, but they enjoy viewing it so much that they want to hand me money for another piece! I mean I'm sure some people would reply "well...yeah! That's a commission" but when I really sit down and think about it, it puts a smile on my face. :heart:

Hehe yeah competiton xD If you wanted to raise them a bit, you could do a good news/bad news sort of thing? Bad news is folks, the prices raised a bit! Good news is, I'm doing a freebie giveaway once a month! Or a contest with art prizes. <3 I wonder if people would enter if I held a contest ;o; I'd want to offer other stuff too though. Maybe some crochet plushie prizes or something? hmm hmm
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kennedoe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
when i got my first commission i seriously almost cried i was so happy haha c:
but yeah, i love making art for others. it seems to be all i can do lately anyways because whenever i try to draw something for myself it never turns out as good as my commissions do lol //sobs

right! and when i do raise my prices, i just kind of raise them slowly, like increments at a time ;v;
and contests are always fun, i try to enter them, but there aren't ever any contests that really interest me anymore eheh
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww ;o; lol Yeah I like doing art for others when I really get in the mood for it, I want to make gifts for a lot of people on here soon! <3
Yeah I can't find many good contests anymore, I mean contests aren't supposed to be all about getting prizes, it's good to have fun making the entry and seeing other people's artwork - but sometimes it's not worth it. Lots of contests I see have top prizes of like 30 points and stuff like that LOL so....30 cents for first prize? ehh I'll pass.
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RoaringFox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh... I've raised my prices and no one gave my art a second glance OTL
Do you mind taking a look and telling me what you think, please? Maybe my art is too shitty for those higher prices? D':
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It saddens me that no one wants even my icons when I see 'famous' artists around selling icons on colored bases for 20 dollars TT-TT 
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same with me! It depresses me too. So many people manage to shell out at least $10 or $20 (sometimes even more!) on stuff like adoptables from popular artists, but they won't commission anyone who actually puts effort into drawing character scenes and stuff. I don't understand kids...
Some people who earn a lot of money easy like that are often high school kids who can probably just spend the money wildly.
I need commissions, for a few different reasons. If it weren't for my boyfriend, I'd probably be homeless right now. It's hard to get a job around here, and I'm picky anyways. I want to sell my artwork for a living. I put a lot of effort into my artwork and I rarely get commissions. Stuff sucks.

Personally I think most of your prices are fair for your level, though some prices should be raised! Especially full scene/background drawings!
I think some people forget or don't realize that 100 points = $1. If anybody whines about your prices, tell them that if you want! I think most people shouldn't sell their artwork for less than $1. Prices can certainly depend on people's skill levels, someone might pay more money to a more skilled artist, but still.

The last commissions I did were $8/800 points for full body character drawings with patterned paper backgrounds. I felt sad knowing I'd have even less than that if I were to mail out the artwork. D: I raised some prices to $10 and I got no bites...it's like...$2 extra. ;n; C'mon people! lol
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RoaringFox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha haven'tyou seen Witchpaws last auction of her sushi dogs? almost 400 dollars each... I didn't believe someone would really pay so much for those... 
You know, I have only 200 dollars to go to college and each everyday for a month! :/ I wanted to take commissions to get something and maybe have some spare money to have some fun x'D (fun= playing guitar hero with friends and have some milk shake huahahah)

Thankies, I'm happy to know that I'mnot asking for too much... 

I really liked your drawings :3 Your pixel skills are crazy ewe seriously, I can't stop staring... I think that 10 dollars is fair enough! And with the shipping included... It's kind of cheap :/
I don't have money or points right now (Im a poor college student huahahah) but I shall commish you for something... Do you take Commissions for pixel art? :3 
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.....is that real? $400 for some adoptable? I want to vomit, seriously.
I was friends with Witchpaws, but I stopped watching her because I couldn't stand having my inbox flooded with adoptables all day, and even worse couldn't watch them sell for high numbers like that anymore while I sit here struggling to sell even one commission. 
I used to feel super pissed at the artists...but really I blame the kind of people who would spend that kind of money on ONE adoptable.
People have been treating them like collectible items, I've spoke with so many people about it and this whole adoptable storm is nonsense x-x
I have nothing against adoptables in general but....ughhh

lol I know just what ya mean XD Damn wouldn't it be nice if I could pay for lunch with my boyfriend for once? Gosh I really need my own apartment too...right now I stay in my boyfriend's bedroom and all my clothes are in a suitcase on his floor. I have no space to myself and if I could buy the camper that I want, rent would only be around $400 per month. The whole sushi dogs thing sickens me. So does that catfish crap with Kawiku too. 

Np! You should definitely raise prices if you'd be comfortable doing so! ^u^
And aww thanks! Unfortunately I probably won't be doing pixel artwork for a long time. I think that's been part of my downfall. I think people, especially in our corner of deviantart, value digital art way more than traditional art. 
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RoaringFox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is real :[
Those sushi dogs and Nekois are the most simp,e and stupid creations I've ever seen -.- Considering how much people is attacked for "copying" them it's ridiculous to make them closed species! But yeah, the ones that buy the adopts are to blame! 
 Whenever I see a new closed species my eyes starts twitching huahahahah And I didn't even mention those water dogs... What people do for money nowadays...

Adoptables should be a good way to get new ideas, new designs...

And Yeeeah! I'd be happy with a small chocolate bar huahahahaI ddon't live an expansive life, I don't go out and almost never buy games, so I'mnot asking a lot, aam I?
 
Well. Let's see xP I'll try to get some commissions with these prices first, I think :/
Thankies ; 3

Welcome! Aww D: I give preference to digital... Cause... You know,I'm far away and shipping is expansive x'D And I know that the poor drawings will suffer on the way here... I hate getting my mail all folded! So I'm scared of buying traditional drawings D: 
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree x-x The "sushi" dogs have nothing to do with "sushi" but apparently they're called that because of their "roundness" and "smallness". I've never seen Witchpaws draw a size comparison chart, and those dogs aren't even that round, they are in chibi style. 
Yeah I feel bad for anyone drawing chibi dogs now, they'll probably get attacked too. It happens all the time. 
Closed species give me headaches too. Most of them aren't unique in any way and are very generic and simple.
It's so frustrating. I've been on this website for 8 years and I feel like this is the worst an adoptable trend has ever reached...
Yeah I saw the water dogs too lol I think they look pretty but they are just....ridiculous as a "species". Especially closed.

Nahh you're not asking a lot at all. It seems like we both just want to live in peace! lol I don't want a life of pure luxury and I don't want to even be a millionaire, I just want to be able to live and support myself with my artwork. 

Good luck! <3 np~

It's ok, I understand that kind of reasoning haha xD Everybody has their reasons of course. Sometimes I feel like my traditional artwork is under-appreciated compared to my old pixel artwork, is all. ;o; I don't know if people actually enjoy seeing it, and people rarely want to commission me for it. I mostly mail to people in the same country as me so shipping is cheaper. I send people lovely cards with extra drawings on the inside when I mail art too. I can't afford to just give freebies anymore so I'll probably have to stop. 
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RoaringFox Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, they're only chibi canines with food on their body and a bandanna :T
I've been here for 6-7 years... And I miss the creative and different adoptables that you could get either for free or for something cheap...
People made them for fun, not to make easy and fast money..

Aah what about the cinnadogs? A overweight anthro dog with food on it's fur? Not cool at all pffft The white knights says that they'resuper creative dog and bear hybrids with food theme -.- I don't want to live on this planet anymore... (First time I ever use this meme x'D )

I just wanted some extra income, maybe I can help my parents by buying my own things... I don't need a lot to go to college and eat x'D

I think that it's not that they don't like your traditional works... It'sjust that your pixels are really,really awesome xx'D
The amount of details you put on them... They're impressive!
 Awn :< I will commission you one day! And hope that it will arrive in one piece huahahahah
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly x-x I mean I'm totally fine with people drawing cute food covered stuff, I just drew my real pet rabbit Oliver covered in bananas for god's sake but when people make it a species and make it a "rule" that you can't draw the same things, it's gone too far.
Yeah I feel like I remember much better stuff too! I have actually sat down and actively looked for species/adoptables I personally felt were unique or "original" like just a month or so ago, and I didn't find much. D: Maybe like 3 different ones. 
LOL Yeah gosh the cinnadogs...I've been avoiding those. They're not that creative/original, they're just anthro dogs with more stuff on 'em. 
Everybody's creations nowadays is cats or dogs with food on them and it's getting a bit boring seeing so much. I can't wait for the day the trend slows down.

Same xD I do and will buy a lot from local Dollar Tree stores, even my rich grandmother shopped there when she was alive. ;o;

Hehe thanks xD yeah I think people liked those a lot more, I got lots of commissions back in the pixel days. I miss doing it, I'll have to upload/download some programs again in the future and return to it for a bit. ^^ And aww thanks! *u* I would do my best to make sure it would arrive safely! hehe~
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Buniis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Yeah, I see my friends selling their art for 15 points, when it's worth so much more.
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's sad to see people do that to themselves D: I'm not sure if you can even buy most candy bars with 15 cents!! 
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Buniis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Agreed and yeah, you really can't. :c
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Pupuomena Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I remember when mine point commissions was opened one of my dA friends commented like this "Wow, so expensive. You're the most expensive one costs 200 points OMG." I was like "Don't know that 200 is very cheap for one character with full complex background?" Most of costed under 100 points... .____. hmmmm... If I remember right chibi costed just 30 and full body 80 etc. 

The problem is that most of dA users age is something between 13-15 and most of they don't have any pay pal/money to buy points. So they don't have much points to buy anything so for they something witch costs more than 100 points is "super expensive". >.<) Also many young don't understands how hard work IS really make super awesome cool art. 

I maybe open commission some day again when I have time + have more improve with skills. owo)/
Next time raise prizes little bit(?) And then when I'm "known"/gets a looooot comm. then raises more. övö)

I've heard thing called "pay pal". I've seen that many artists uses it because "gets real money via it". IDK how it works and have heard that under 18 years old can't get/use it (I'm 17). I would like know how it works and can I get it all ready or have to wait a year for that.  Get real money is more cool get than points, haha |D
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god 200 points is only $2 ;O; I wonder if that person knew that? That was rude of them! x-x
I agree, so many people are just young kids on this site, and I feel they don't understand the value of money yet. 

Yeah, like I think maybe they're getting really used to seeing all the popular kawaii chibi art and then they just ignore artwork that has more time/effort put into it, you know more shading, an actual full background, etc. If I submit a crappy doodle of a kawaii rabbit I guarantee it'd get more attention then my paintings I put lots of effort into. ;n; It's happened before. lol

I've done that in the past too! Raised prices gradually over time. It works if there's enough demand for the artwork. :nod:
I wish you good luck with it! <33

Yeah I have a PayPal, people can send each other money through each other's paypals and then you can send it to your bank account to withdraw it as cash! 
Also, you can send points to your paypal account! 100 points = $1
I'm not sure about the age thing though, you're probably right. When I made my account there, it had me choose what kind of account I wanted, like if I was a seller or a buyer etc. I think I just chose a really plain one. :D You should check out the website and see if you like it!~
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DrawingtotheDeath Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have problems with this, could you give me some advice with my prices? cause I ask my friends if they think my prices are fair and they say yes but almost no one buys unless its dirt cheap like 25 points ;;
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure! Do you have a journal with examples or?
Honestly that's how a lot of people are on this website. People have gotten used to this stupid trend of spending the least amount of money on commissions and so people are stubborn if you raise your prices. D: 
I can't guarantee that if you raise your prices, you'll get commissions immediately. It will take time, but I know that the MORE people who raise their prices reasonably, the more fans will have to save money to pay for what they want!

I think a lot of people are used to having "instant gratification" because they get to pay ridiculous cheap prices.
Don't let anyone bully you into making your prices low though! ;O; Some kids are whiners on here.
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DrawingtotheDeath Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are my prices drawingtothedeath.deviantart.c…

but yea I know I won't get commissioned right away but I would like it if I could get feedback from people who have honest opinions and aren't trying to use me by saying my prices should be way low when they would be the same or higher
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seasicked Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
hnnggg I'm currently selling icons for 10 points and even though I wanna raise it I've never recieved an interested buyer if my prices ever go higher than 20 points!
but I will probably raise them anyways and hope for the best!
thank you for this encouragement! uwu
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yikes, that's only 10 cents! ;O; I'm sure that with time, more people would want to commission you if you charge higher prices! I hope you won't listen to any whining kids either, there's been a bit of chit chat around that some kids will make a big fuss over other people's prices. It's important to be comfortable with your own prices and to also make an actual profit! Imagine the things you could buy yourself with higher prices!
I recently was able to buy myself sneakers, and I've been using $3 flip flops all summer. That was a happy day! :heart:

You're welcome, and don't give up! Raising prices may encourage your fans to save more money and learn about money's worth. :nod:
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seasicked Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
thank you so much!
You're really sweet, and i will definitely look into a new price on my commissions <3
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww you're welcome! ^u^ yeah definitely consider it! :D
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a wake up call : D I don't do commissions but even I won't be doing commissions at 20 points each, no way. 

Well typed indeed 
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks friend! :heart: Yeah some people even do 5 point commissions! That's only 5 cents! ;O; It's maddening~
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. I'm going have to speak to a friend who is doing commissions. She is doing chibis at 20 points! Like what! But as you know, its down to confidence. 
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow 20 points is way too low! Yeah I hope you can convince them to raise their prices, I think it could definitely benefit them. <3
Good luck~
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. i've sent her a NOTE and recommended someone to her. She is a great artist but not a well known one for some odd reason
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I see a lot of people not getting attention they really deserve, unless they make adoptables which is the craze now. lol 
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FlyingGuardianFish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody crazy. I was looking around on DA yesterday and people were bidding on a new fab species (not against the species one bit) and someone bidded $300 on it, they said they were desperate to get one. Not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. But having the latest species won't make you popular.

Alot of people are not getting the attention they do deserve but who does deserve it? Sure people work hard and crap but even so you should draw for the pleasure of it not because you want something back.
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good lord that is a lot of money x-x Yeah I like some species but I think it's crazy for people to spend too money on something like that.
A lot of people don't even draw the adoptables after they bought them, they try to re-sell them at higher prices or they trade them for other characters like collector's items. I have seen the species creators complain about this but there's nothing they can do and they make it worse for themselves by selling more.

I know lots of people who deserve positive attention, and I don't mean they want to be popular.
I don't want to be popular, I want to be successful. I just want positive attention because I'm hoping it will lead to commissions, and I'm saving up money for important things in my life~
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Such a valid point. I'll use this advice when I start making commissions.
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah go for it! :D I wish you luck and may success come your way! :heart:
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :) I hope you do even better than you are now.
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ;U; Yeah I hope people will commission me soon! I'm working on improving my art a bit and generally submitting more.
Right now I have two new drawing scenes that are too big for our home scanner! lol I have to bring them to Staples soon and use their scanning services. :XD: 
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. It's that big? Wow! I'll have to keep an eye for it. I didn't know Staples had scanning services. I don't have one. It'll probably be awhile be before I start commissioning. I'm still practicing my craft. I'd commission you, but I have only have a few points.
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One is very wide yeah ;O; Maybe like two piece of computer paper next to each other in a way? Nothing huge but bigger than I normally draw! 
I hope people like it my big detailed scene ;u; I worked long and hard on it lol It's mostly colored pencils~
Yeah they have a few other services like laminating, copying, shredding etc! I'm not sure if it costs anything, but I'll find out soon enough! xD
Aww yeah keep practicing! <3 I have to practice watercolor painting basics all over again because I haven't done it in so long lol
Thanks anyways! :hug: Thank you always for commenting, I really appreciate it! You talk to me more than most of my friends on here do. (as in, they rarely talk to me)
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, it's no problem at all? I'm glad you replied to my comment. I try to actually commented on the deviants I watch if I see them post anything new even if I don't get reply. For some it's understandable because they have ALOT of watches, but some don't reply even if they have a few watchers.
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I find it bothersome if people don't reply on purpose especially if they don't have like thousands of watchers. Some people say they're "too shy" but it's the internet, it wouldn't hurt to type "thank you" to someone lolol 
I always reply to comments, though sometimes I'm a little late xD <3
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Frilly-Dragoness Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Claps for you
Somebody give this girl a cookie
People don't and probably will never understand this because they are stubborn
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! xD :heart: 
Yeah a lot of people are stubborn, I've seen people say they agree with this stuff but still sell their commissions super cheap and it can be frustrating sometimes. I feel bad for them and for the whole situation. D:
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Frilly-Dragoness Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally agree with you! ;O;
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pomskies Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
its really good people are bringing this up !
i see lots of people under price themselves, and they deserve way more for their artwork :(
recently, i have raised my prices too, but people haven't been interested so far.
i guess i will need to keep trying :)
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cottoncritter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! I hope to see more people speak up too ;o;
People haven't been attracted to mine yet either (but I suspect it may be because of other reasons I'm working on)
I have a friend who does amazing artwork, she charges like $50 and up for her art! All different realistic prices like that. She does watercolor paintings and adds so much detail to her designs. She's younger than me too, I think! ;o; She seems to be quite successful, in fact I've even commissioned her and I think the price was $40 r $50! (If you want to see who I mean, her name is ClaraBacou)
((PS: Clara if you see this, I hope you're not irritated by now by me advertising you all the time! lolol))
Don't give up! I won't either D: I wish us both good luck! :heart:
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