So far I’ve received a couple requests for commissions, but I have never made any formal post that I accept them, or about how much they cost. To be honest, I am wary of nailing down a price; it all has to do with the desired picture, how much time it will take me, and how much time I have available. Since I’m not offering commissions at different levels of completion (e.g., sketch commissions, black and white, bust/portrait, etc), instead I prefer to lay out what aspects I take into consideration when deciding how much to charge.
If you have an idea you’d like illustrated, please please please contact me! If my initial quote for your illustration is outside of your price range, I am always willing to suggest simplifications or changes. I would much rather take your commission than drive you away with a high price (but keep in mind, I do need reasonable compensation for my time and work).
Things to think about:
Complex vs. simple illustration
This is probably the most abstract qualification, and I think best explained through examples (see below). Aspects of a “complex” illustration include advanced perspective, lighting, and composition, detailed backgrounds, and more dynamic poses. “Simple” illustrations include basic standing/sitting poses, and are composed a lot more like a shot from the show: background (optional), flat lighting, straight-on view.
How many figures?
More is usually more expensive, because it will take me longer to draw.
Unless you’re asking for a particularly detailed background (inside the Treehouse, for example), this does not have a huge effect on the price. It is useful information to include, however.
Character design or portrait?
If a portrait, I will ask that you email me several photos, preferably with different expressions if possible. For a character design, photos are dependent on whether you want a character based on yourself or something completely fresh. Most of my drawings so far are humanoids, but I would absolutely love to do other types of characters! If you’ve got an idea, throw it at me! I can draw already-designed characters too, of course.
For print? If yes, what dimensions? Do you want it printed and shipped, or print yourself?
This does not affect the price (unless I am doing the printing and shipping), it’s just information I need to know. Prints are never watermarked, but can be signed by request.
If the commission is a gift (birthday, holiday, etc) and needs to be completed within a certain timeframe, that will factor into the price. This is especially true if it needs to be printed and shipped.
Of course, each picture fits into multiple categories, but hopefully the distinctions are clear.
So, how does this whole commission process work?