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Hi everyone!
I got a pretty good scholarship to my top choice school(MICA!!) but there's still a lot leftover that I'll have to take out big loans for - making a little money this summer would help me a lot, and I'd rather spend my summer making art than something else (:

So are any of you here interested in commissions?
*Character paintings (25.media.tumblr.com/bd665b8d32…, 25.media.tumblr.com/ad5160a17a…, erysium.tumblr.com/image/43488… )with little background would be priced around 50-100$.
*Simple paintings with figures (reluin.deviantart.com/art/scra…, reluin.deviantart.com/art/habi…, reluin.deviantart.com/art/nefe… ) takes about 4 10-hour days for me to make, so I need to charge between 300-500$.
*Complex environments (reluin.deviantart.com/art/Snow…, reluin.deviantart.com/art/Ador… ) vary a lot in how long they take me, depending on that and subject these would be 400-700$

I know that's all higher than typical dA prices, but I have to make at least minimum wage ):

If any of you have any suggestions or input I'd love to hear it!
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haikai13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on the scholarship! You have a ton of potential, and there's a special sense for storytelling in your work. Maybe you should consider becoming a visual development artist for animated films or something. Good luck with everything!
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Reluin Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Thanks very much, that's so nice of you to say! ^^ I'm so excited to get the chance to keep improving. haha visual development is one of my dream jobs, it would be so much fun but I don't know if I'm creative enough for it. Would sure be fun to try it sometime though!
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littletoucan4 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Hmm...A lot of those who purchase commissions here seem to be of the high school to college demographic, who with their low income (usually minimum wage, thus, in the US, roughly nine bucks an hour...like me...) probably would have trouble justifying using a month's worth of wages. Maybe you can check :iconyuumei:'s commission pricing.

By the way, you can host commissions on professional sites, where you can charge more.
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Reluin Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Hey, sorry it took me a lil while to reply to this!

I really like yuumei's prices, but of course the amount of people she can reach is ridiculously larger and she's more skilled than me, so it's hard to compare ^^; I'm definitely going to try more professional sites too though! Thanks for the help (:
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DanilLovesFood Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   Digital Artist
All your prices are fair (:

My thoughts about the scholarship, I think you shouldn't go to MICA. You're far too advanced to learn anything there and I think you'll be wasting your time significantly. Just think about it.

The only thing you would gain there is social contacts which is fun ofcourse, but I think you're smart already to know that in art you have to learn everything yourself by doing it and figuring it out by yourself. People nowadays cant teach you that stuff, it just doesn't work.

Or you need a teacher who is more skilled then you, but nowadays there are no art schools with even decent skilled teachers. It's sad really, because you'll be thinking its quite nice to have a certificate. But believe me when you're done, you'll feel like you've wasted precious time. Because that certificate doesn't mean shit even if you're an capable artist. I get the whole adults/old folks telling you to go to school, but this these are new times. Schools aren't what they seem.

Because skilled people without certificates get the same fulltime-job or can freelance and pay their rent, food and nice things. If you really wanna make it as an artist in this world, I suggest you use all time to work hard on your skills and concepts. Say you want to work at a company, they will only look how good/interesting your work is.

If you want to absorb more knowledge, internet is the only place where you can learn the most. And yes there are a few school installments around the globe that actually can teach you something, but those are very expensive/independent schools. Usually those have a crazy location like Singapore or Japan. Or you have to go hangout at massive black.

I'm not telling you what to do, but I just had to speak my mind for your future. Which regardless is a bright one.

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Keep chillin' like a villain. [link]
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Reluin Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
First, thank you so much for taking the time to write this.
I wish I had this a few months ago, it's a perfect summary of my explanation to my parents why I would never, ever, want an art degree from a less-than-the-best art school.
That said, while MICA isn't quite Art Center(which would've cost 30k a year out of my pocket) or a massive black workshop, it's still a really good school. If I hadn't gotten the great scholarship that I did I wouldn't be going.
Of course I'm not going to sit back and expect knowledge to be poured into my mind, I'm going to be working really hard and I think I can learn a lot there. If it doesn't work, of course I can stop and go somewhere better.
A degree never hurts, and my parents wouldn't support me if I chose not to get one. Working at a school sounds better than working at a part time job (besides the fact that I really do want a degree, it would make me happy.) I think the social contacts you get at school can be vital too, not to have fun and make friends, but to actually get you a job and send work your way.

I completely agree that most learning has to be by yourself, or can be better gotten from online classes, workshops, and mentoring. And I'm planning to do that whenever school gives me the slightest free time (and summer/winter vacations of course). But I think MICA really will be beneficial to me too.
Thanks again for worrying about me enough to type this. (:
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DanilLovesFood Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   Digital Artist
No problem and I understand. If you're happy by doing the things you do, then do (: But some things have to be tasted before they could be understood. Maybe you'll see what I mean later on, I wish you greatness. Keep it mean and clean.

(It was the happiest moment of my life when I quit art-school) [link]
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Reluin Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Yeah that's definitely true, I'll see how I like it this fall!
Glad you were able to make the right decision for yourself ^^
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hyamei Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
first of all, big congrats on getting a scholarship! (and for bryankonietzko liking your work in tumblr! : D )

as for your commissions, I honestly think its good you're not underpricing your work especially seeing how detailed your works are, but like the others have said, I do think that it's gonna be tough getting customers here in DA with that kind of price. just as a suggestion.. maybe you could offer maybe some quick sketchworks too for a slightly lower price? : ) or you could also sell prints of your work too, like in society6, it could be a nice income.
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Reluin Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thanks!! I'm so excited about both haha ;v;
Selling sketches is something I'm thinking about for sure. I just have to find a way to make my quick sketches look a little more presentable though first :'D
I hadn't thought much about selling prints actually, I have no idea how lucrative it is if you're not famous. I should do a poll or something to check.. thanks for reminding me of the idea! *v*
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