Wow, just got another one of those emails...
A new member here contacts me for artwork for his cabinet. Full-set, Marquee, Bezel, CP, Side and Kickplate. Goes on to give me a description of about 60 characters from all his favourite games to be included in the art, and he wants it in a painterly-inked style, similar to the look of the Okami concept art
. Not a terribly hard style to nail, but the sheer volume of character work and composition is enough to make this commission a long one.
So I proceed to giving him my price quote, time estimate it would take me to finish, and a rough start-date I could begin at. Since I've been taking a bit of an art-break for the past little while, I'm obviously not ready to jump right into a massive commission like this right away.
I broke it down to how many hours per character it would take, and an overall timeline for each pass, etc. Pretty detailed overall.
*snip* he starts off by saying this:
"wow why is this really expensive!!? i thought maybe $200 tops but this price is insane and your going to make me wait over 6 months for it to be complete??!? it sounds like your taking advantage of people that arent "artists" like you."
Yes, I'm taking advantage of people by slaving hours away for a massive art project that I'm charging half of than what a McDonald's employee makes per hour.
And this guy wants me to do this for $200...
"i already spent over $1100 for my project, and i dont understand why your charging me so much for just drawing and painting when building a cabinet from scratch is waaaay more work"
I can't even gather up the energy to explain to this guy why artwork takes so long, and how much thought and planning is involved. aside from the work involved, paying an artist isn't only "just for the work", you are paying an artist for their skills and experiences that got them there in the first place.
If you didn't budget your project to include the cost of art, then that's on you.
Then he really goes off the deep-end, and the email it gets trollish/hurtful:
"forget it then. your artwork isnt that good anyways. at least not for that price. i think i'm going to just learn photoshop and do this myself because there is no way i spending that amount of money on artwork that isnt even official!! you are a scammer and i'm going to report you to the mods so that other people dont get scammed by you"
Wow. Just wow. Why is it all the crazies contact me for art? At this point I'm just thinking he's trolling me on purpose.
So this guy wants all those licensed characters, re-imagined into a style that is also ripped off other artists, and he is expecting official work? What. the. ---fudgesicle---.
Please, go ahead learn photoshop. Please, go ahead and report me to the mods. My artwork may not be the greatest, I sure know what my flaws are and I have been working on trying to get better at my craft. I do my best to put all I can into people's artwork. I do get excited by some ideas that people come to me with, and there are times that I'm not excited about some people's requirements that I usually pass them up because if I'm taking something on, I want it to come out the best I can make it. I put my soul into this work, I get into an obsession of making it look the best I can.
But to put me down by saying my artwork isn't that good, and berate me for giving him a price quote that is well below what I should have charged him for this monstrous amount of work is just....sad.
I know I should just shake these kind of emails off, perhaps today I'm just feeling some type of way, but this one got to me. I haven't had an email exchange like this in a while, so perhaps my thick skin grew soft. But man...what a complete ---meecrob----bag response.
I'm not going to bother replying to him.