Artists need to be professional, and they need to treat their work as something that consumes resources (time, equipment/supply cost, etc.). I am surprised by how many people believe an artist will do work for free, or for the "idea" of success...that someone can bait an artist and their hard-earned and practiced skills by saying "you will be paid when I get paid...if the project is successful." There are also people out there who think an artist's work is theirs to use any way they want once they receive the commissioned art, without ever discussing it with the artist - or worse - without the artist taking the client aside and explaining copyright and licensing. There are people out there that want the artist to "wish their ideas" into existence - to be their hands and draw what they envision but cannot explain - then have the artist work and re-work an illustration again and again...Artists are not psychic! And artists - charge reasonable re-work fees or at least include a re-work process in your contracts! Always have a contract!
Here are some excellent resources for artists and clients that are worth a read. Know your market before you dive in, and don't take the first job that's thrown at you without knowing what you are getting into. I am seeing too many people throw themselves at a client just to get a "job" and then take less pay, work harder, and maybe never getting paid at all. STOP and READ!
- Table of Example Book Illustration Pricing
- Illustrating Self-Published Books
- Price Your Art Realistically
- Quantifying Creativity
- Understand How to Number Your Prints
- What Galleries Look for in Artists
- How to Build an Illustration Portfolio
- How to Hire a Children's Book Illustrator
- Illustrator Self-Publishing Tips
- How to Find an Illustrator for Your Book
- Pricing Your Illustrations
- Pricing Guidelines
- Children's Book Publishing Budget
- Starting Your Career as an Illustrator
- Ten Steps to a Winning Portfolio
- Is Your Work Versatile or Confusing?
- Common Illustration Pitfalls
- Five Art Pricing Lessons I Learned the Hard Way