I recently had the opportunity to do some illustration work through a recommendation from an old friend. Always a great way to start!
The brief was to create a cute dental superhero based on a supplied photo and an excellent and very easy to follow brief.
Being new to the whole “paid to illustrate” situation I asked a friend who is already a well established designer to help me with the quoting process, as well and doing extensive research online about what to charge.
Before even sending off a quote I did some preliminary sketches and sent them to my prospective client just to make sure I was “a good fit” for the job. I didn’t want to waste their or my time. They replied with a very positive email saying how excited they were about doing this project together even narrowing down what they wanted from my “roughs” so I could get onto a second draft. They requested a quote for up to 10 various stances so that in the future the little fellow could be animated.
Now here is where it gets a bit sticky. The per hourly rate.
Previously I have re-blogged a post from the wonderful Heather Castles detailing how much to charge for illustrations. I read this, compared her (2007) pricing guide to the advice give from various other sources including my designer friend (who charges $85) and came up with the magic number of
Illustration @ $60 per hour, client amendments @ $30 per hour.
- Initial sketches x 3hrs
- Finalisation of sketch to final design x 2hrs
- Redraw in Illustrator to final digital colour version x 3hrs
Create CMYK/RGB/B&W version for printer/web use x 1hr
I sent the client my quote and their response….nothing.
I have to admit I didn’t chase them…my self belief in my illustrated worth crumbled after day 3 of nothing. I know I should have chased but again…crumbled self belief!!!!
What I would like is some feedback from all other aspiring illustrators. Was I being unreasonable? How much do you charge? This seems a very taboo subject.
“Uuuughh…money…I do it for the Loooove Man” said all the REAL Arty Folk
You know what….That’s all well and good but a Girl’s gotta shout a round of drinks every now and again!!!!!
Finding a straight answer on the “interweb” is challenging without paying for it.
So I thought I’d just straight out ask and hope for the best. So…..
How Much should I be charging?????