A lot of people start freelancing as artists by creating digital illustrations or logos. With the availability of free stock art websites, however, it is increasingly common to use content from those sites in your work without attribution.
This can seriously hurt your freelance career because most big companies will actively monitor their social media accounts, search engines, and other sources to see if there has been any copyright infringement.
If you are ever contacted about an illustration that looks like one of yours, but you do not recognize it, it may be hard to say whether or not you copied it.
In this article, I will talk more about how much money you should ask for your own artistic creations and some ways to avoid getting caught.
I will also discuss some examples so that you get a sense of what things look like.
Multiply that by how much you would want to be paid for those hours
Even if you are just starting out as an artist, or have been creating art for years, it is important to know what price tags mean. An illustrator’s price tag comes with several components: the cost of the medium, the studio space where you create your work, and their equipment like computers, printers, etc.
The media portion is simple – the paper, pens, markers, and other materials used to create the artwork. The more expensive the material, the higher quality the finished product will be.
Subtract your time working on other projects
As mentioned earlier, being creative is a skill that takes practice, which means you will need to spend time creating new artwork or looking through pictures of things to create new designs.
If you are very artistic and have a knack for drawing, then you can easily market yourself as an artist and sell digital art online. You could even start your own site where you make art and people buy it from you!
However, if you are not too good at drawing, this may be difficult to do unless you are really talented. This can be tricky since most people are not professional artists, so how much should you charge for your work?
I have some tips for you here. These strategies will help you determine a fair price for your illustrations.
Multiply that by how much you would want to be paid for those hours
Even if you are just starting out as an artist, or have no experience whatsoever, you can create your own digital illustrations! It is totally possible to start making money online as a visual creator.
In fact, it is one of the most accessible ways to do so because anyone has access to a computer these days. You don’t need any special skills or artistic talent either – all you need is the ability to draw pictures!
By creating your own illustrative products, you will be keeping yourself busy, in addition to earning some extra cash. There are many different areas where you could potentially make money doing this, such as:
As mentioned before, selling your art online is a great way to begin. Websites like ArtBazaar and RedFlagYou have probably heard of them before – they are both free marketplaces where you can sell your creations.
There are also several other sites (such as Etsy) which offer more advanced features, but are still very popular. By adding an account to each of these websites, you get the chance to showcase and promote your products while getting feedback from others who buy from you.
Divide that number by 200
Even though you’re not in school, you can still be very good at making money online. Starting your own business is a great way to make large amounts of income. But before you start thinking about taking on more clients or offering premium services, you need to know how much people are willing to pay for your work.
In the world of digital art, creating illustrations is probably one of the most popular ways to make money. That’s why this article will talk about how much artists earn per hour from producing illustrative artwork. You may be able to find some information online, but it’s hard to get a solid average price-the reason being is that prices vary so much!
There are several reasons why artists’ hourly rates differ so much. For one, employers have different budget limits, which determine what size projects an artist gets assigned. Some companies also ask for extra compensation for additional project deadlines, etc. Beyond just budget constraints, there are other factors like skill level, volume, and client satisfaction that play into what artists get paid every day.
This article will try to put a numerical value on all those things by using averages. From here, you can decide if the market rate is higher or lower than what we’ve calculated as our “typical” cost of production. Either way, you’ll be better informed when it comes time to design jobs or negotiate new contracts.
Use that number as your starting price
Even if you are just beginning in business, creating digital illustrations is an up-and-coming field with many opportunities. So, do not feel like you have to start charging high prices immediately!
That would be very difficult to survive as an artist without too much devastation.
By keeping the costs down at first, you will still reap the benefits of being able to make a good living doing what you love.
You can eventually expand into more expensive pieces once you prove yourself by producing quality work time after time.
Also note that some of the tools and materials we mentioned above are either free or extremely inexpensive. So, there is no need to worry about wasting money unless you want to add new features to your toolbox.
Offer a few different price points
As mentioned earlier, you do not have to be the cheapest when it comes to offering your services as an artist. In fact, being too cheap can actually hurt your artistic career!
If you offer low-priced artwork, people will expect lower quality artworks from you. If this is what you want to achieve then that’s okay, but you must keep in mind that you will need to work harder to earn enough revenue to pay your bills.
You may also run into issues if you are just copying other artists work and passing it off as your own. Technically, this is plagiarism and is unacceptable.
Artists are always on the lookout for new material to add to their collection so there will be plenty of opportunities to create more high quality pieces.
As mentioned earlier, your market value is determined by how much you’re willing to charge for your work. But how do you come up with that price? There are several ways to find it.
Some people recommend doing an initial low price estimate and then raising the price as time goes on. The reason this isn’t the best approach is because most artists don’t have anywhere close to enough experience to be able to tell when their work has reached its peak.
At that stage, if you were to raise your prices, people would assume your talent had run out. This could create a situation where no one ever gets good quality digital art done because nobody can afford it!
So what should you do instead? Simply quote clients!
By offering freebies or test projects, you give potential customers a chance to see whether or not they like your style before investing in something more expensive. This also gives them the opportunity to get some of your creative input – valuable resources for their project.
Consistency is one of the most important things when it comes to charging for digital illustrations. There are several reasons why this is so, but the main one is that people get used to seeing a certain style or type of illustration, which makes them feel more comfortable with your work.
If you ever look through the works of an artist, you’ll notice that some of their designs seem very familiar. This ease of use can sometimes be what puts off potential customers.
On the other hand, if you consistently create similar images, people will become accustomed to your style, and thus may perceive your artwork as better quality.
By having a variety of styles, yours will probably not stand out much, making it hard to find a good balance.