I want to discuss a thing, it is about the price..
I believe that most of friends here almost have had met the same situation,
clients need you to provide the work price. I am not sure is it suit to talk
about this topic here or not, but I really want to talk.
Remember long time ago, when I graduated from university, a game company
asked me the freelance price to draw a poster. I gave them lower price than
the market. Of course, I got this freelance work. After I finished this project,
I was told off by my friend who work freelance and famous in the art territory,
seems to I destroyed the average price.
That was my thought:
[well, I just graduated from school and not famous at all, I can't ask for more
higher price.] Actually THAT IS TOTALLY WRONG.
Why I said that because recently I received a freelance chance to draw the
novel cover in my country, (A big publish company)They gave me the price
same as 10 years ago that I graduated from school, very low payment.
They said: I believe that you just graduated from school and need job, I like
your style very much, this novel will be a good chance to become famous to you!
I answer them: Well, I already work this freelance more than 10 years, I know
the average price of the cover, I can not accept this price,
I think even a student, if he/she have good ability, they shouldn't get
such low payment.
In this case result was, They gave me very high price,
but I did not accept this work, because I felt bad for their attitude.
I want them use this high price to hire other illustrator.
( but I believe they will still use lower price..)
If I said payment is not important to me, that is telling a lie, but If you
really love my work and have limit budget to hire illustrator that I can understand.
I still glad to work with you, if I have had time or no other jobs.
Just don't make me feel that you want to cost down,and stress the artist's pay.
We need to spend time to created the drawing, test brushes colors, sometimes
need to wait the computer running if the drawing very huge..., etc.
(At least most of clients are nice to me, and I love them truly! Thank you, love u.)
Now I am checking job website, many graduated students find the job
like illustrator and designer. The salary & payment is unbelievable low,
but seems to those companies and enterprise are still making a lots profit.
what can I say?