I'd like to say that money's tight right now, but that would imply that it's sometimes loose. And let's face it, that's not something someone on an honest cartoonist's salary ever gets to say. And I've had dental work lately, and I'm hoping to make it to MOCCA Fest next year, and there's this orphan puppy with advanced puppy plague that needs raisin cupcakes to survive or demons will tear her apart. So I'm in a bind.
I thought about making a handy-dandy art sheet price guide like other people have done and putting it in the gallery, but I'd rather keep that space cleared for "pure art." So here are my current terms, right here in my Journal where they belong. Right there.
If these prices seem unfair, remember, as a rule I only use 67% of my left brain. Feel free to open communication by sending me a note, e-mail, or trained bat with a banner trailing behind it. I prefer to accept payments via Pay Pal.
Basic B&W: $25
Elaborate B&W: $40
Basic Color: $40
Elaborate Color (Shading, Effects): $55
Additional Characters: + $10 per character in simple work, + $20 in elaborate work
B&W Backgrounds: + $5 simple, $15 fleshed out, $25 if especially elaborate (like a lush world of colorless alien ruins or something)
Color Backgrounds: + $10 simple, $25 fleshed out, $35 if especially elaborate (like a lush world of colorful alien ruins or something)
This = basically rendered character (with rough cross-hatching) = $25
This = elaborately rendered character + fleshed out B&W surroundings (including props), so that's $40 + $15 = $55.00
This = basically colored character + simple color surroundings, so that's $40 + $10 = $50.00
This = elaborately colored character + additional character + no background, so that's $55 + $10, minus five dollars because it's only the big character's top half and I'm a nice guy who's open to negotiation = $60.00
Sequences / Smaller Comics:
Simple B&W or color: $50
Elaborate color or B&W (shading, crosshatching, gradients): $80
Especially Complex, Detailed Environments: + $10
This = simple color = $50.00
This = This one is both sketchy and highly rendered, so in discussion I would have priced this as equivalent to a simple B&W job with a complex environment, meaning $50 + $10 = $60.00
Full Comic Pages:
Simple B&W: $95
Simple Color or Elaborate B&W (shading, crosshatching): $145
Elaborate Color: $175
Especially Complex, Detailed Environments: + $35
For example: - (while some of these are technically character illustrations, their size requires me to consider them comic pages)
This = elaborate B&W + elaborate environment, so that's $145 + $35 = $180.00
This = elaborate color + elaborate environment, so that's $175 + $35 = $210.00
All rates are subject to change upon further discussion. I generally decline requests for overtly explicit pornographic material. And I was lying about the puppy. But now that I've proven myself to be untrustworthy, how can you believe anything I say? I might just as easily be lying about not having an angelic plague puppy. If I were you I'd err on the side of caution.