How Much is Your Art Worth? [Scribble Kibble]

How Much is Your Art Worth? [Scribble Kibble]

Do you know how much your art is worth? After watching this video you will be able
to set a base price on your art and learn how to increase the value of your art even
if it stays the same quality. Pricing is a challenge for artists of all
skills, so when I asked for examples to create this video we received over 1,000 pieces in
less than 12 hours. And I say “we” because I’m joined by
a group of full-time artists and buyers who took time to price and critique some of the
entries. Arenia is a professional animator. At the time of this video she is at Titmouse,
a studio that creates a lot of cartoons you’ve heard of. Crunchy is an independent character designer
and illustrator who works in digital and traditional art. Marina specializes in game design and animation,
with a background in both 2D and 3D art. Din is representing the buyer’s perspective. He’s experienced with the convention side
of things and purchases quite a bit of art. Kallenin is not familiar with pricing artwork
at all. He’s here to give you an outsider’s point
of view. And then there’s me: animator. During the gallery you’ll see some times
when our valuations were very different. Otherwise, everything is listed by median
price. Let’s start with a quick review of what
goes into a price. Materials. Traditional artists: canvas, paper, pencils,
etc. Digital: the item you draw with and software. Fees. Paypal transaction fee. Currency conversion. Market, gallery, and convention fees. Other Costs. Shipping, websites, travel, insurance, business
registration, vacation time. Taxes. Sales tax + income tax. Freelancers and businesses pay double income
tax. Quality and experience. Hours of work. At the professional level all of these need
to be factored into your price. Otherwise you are spending more than you make. For judging purposes I hid hours of work. The judges had to assume based on the piece
itself how many hours it may have taken. At the end of the art gallery I’ll discuss
how to calculate and add hours of work to your price. This topic video is sponsored by Amino, where
I am posting mini versions of my tutorials using Amino’s stories format, which allows
some really interesting possibilities for artists and animators. Stories have to be short, you can fast flip
between parts by tapping your screen, and you can add polls and quizzes in between parts. I’m already thinking of a bunch of crazy
stuff I could do with that, like an interactive mini comic series. So instead of posting this exact video there,
I made a game where you can test your art pricing skills. If you use Amino, please follow my CrownePrince
profile before you play. If you don’t have Amino, there’s a special
link in the description where you can download the app. So let me explain how to use this video to
price your art. The art gallery is organized into categories. Take the art you want to sell, find the category
it’s in, and study the examples for a price estimate. Then, use the tips throughout this video to
choose a final price. We judged all of the prices as if we were
a normal customer paying for personal use art. Situations other than this can drastically
affect price. For instance, if I wanted to buy art to put
on merchandise I’m selling, or if the buyer is a company, or if you’re selling mass
digital prints instead of originals. We’re not going to get into those things
today. We are focusing on commissions for individuals. A little note on the $5-10 range: these tend
to be beginner pieces. if you find yourself at a similar skill level
you’re probably not ready to sell art yet, but if you do, make sure to charge at least
this much. You know, when I was collecting the data I
thought I might have to ignore Kal’s prices for the final estimate, but it turns out he
was spot on almost every time. Raise the price for every character in your
piece of art. Raise the price for a background. Complex backgrounds are worth more. For character sheets, charge a design fee
on top of base price if you do a lot of sketch work and communication with the buyer to come
up with a design from scratch. Illustrations and traditional art are the
most expensive categories. As Din says, it can be trickier to sell these
because many casual buyers hesitate to spend over $150 on one piece of art. But people can and will pay the fair price. Don’t undercharge, wait for the right buyer
instead. Be willing to say no to those who try to negotiate
you too far down on prices, or offer them a different type of art for their lower price
– like a fullbody with no background. Now that you have an idea of prices, let’s
talk about the hours of work it takes to make your art. First, if you don’t know, find out. Keep track in a document how long it takes
to create different commissions, alongside how much you charged for them. You’ll get a brutal assessment of how many
dollars per hour you’re making. Increase your price to reach the dollars per
hour you need. If you’re scared of sticker shocking current
customers, raise the price in increments over time. That’s something you should be doing anyway
because of inflation. You may have to face the fact you are spending
too many hours per piece. turtlehat has this fantastic illustration
with a very marketable, unique style, but it took 18 hours to make. Even if you lowballed at $20 an hour, that’s
$360, not including operating costs. For that kind of price we’re looking at
a different market than what this video is talking about. If you find your hours are too high and pricing
you way out of the market, you have three options: charge the high price anyway, develop
a style you can create faster, or keep practicing until you’re faster. With experience you will be able to create
an illustration like this in 4-8 hours, possibly less. And of course for advanced artists some pieces
do take 40 hours to make. Charge accordingly. The customer base for expensive art is smaller,
but it is there, even in the realm of individual buyers. Walk an art gallery at a convention (not the
marketplace, but the art gallery) and you’ll see what I mean. If you’d like to sell your art for more
money, these are a few things that increase the value of the art even if the quality is
the same. One of those is reliability. If you always deliver on time and communicate
well, people remember that. Word goes around. Having a good looking store, well organized
prices, pleasant to look at, that can increase the value of your art. As an artist you’re often told to practice
all different kinds of art, but, for business, if you get known for a particular style or
niche, you can charge higher prices for that. Stuff like tattoo designs or skateboard designs
are niche markets you can get well known within. And that ties a little into name recognition,
which is basically you can charge a higher price because you’re famous. Or well known in some way. So you might be familiar with some famous
artists who are able to charge $100 or more for only a flat color fullbody because if
they didn’t, they’d be so overflowed with commissions they wouldn’t be able to do
anything else. So if demand for your art is high, raise your
price. One last tip: people generally don’t buy
art because it’s cheap. When you have a small audience, having a low
price doesn’t mean you’ll get more customers. It means the customers you do have are paying
less than what they are willing to pay. A big thank you to today’s panelists. You can find their links in the description,
along with a list of the artists in today’s gallery. Thank you Acru for fixing my first messy price
scale. Would you like another video like this? Have a question about pricing? Write it in the comments section! Visit my YouTube channel for more tutorials,
subscribe for new ones, and join my Patreon to overthrow Nitsua, who’s terrorizing the
kingdom with his dastardly ironfisted grip on that top tier. (hums Wii music)

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How Much is Your Art Worth? [Scribble Kibble]

  1. Crowne Prince says:

    Are you going to raise, lower, or keep the same commission prices after watching? If you'd like to see how accurate your price estimates are, follow me on Amino and give the quiz a try. You can download Amino with the "Get App" button on the top right corner of my profile. Thanks to Amino for sponsoring this video.

  2. Pho Alexander says:

    I wish there was more panelist in other creative realms, e.g graphic designers, fashion, etc.

  3. thorjelly says:

    Keep in mind that Marx was full of shit when he said in the 19th century that the worth of a product is the quality of skill and the hours of labor put into it. That's not how economy works. The worth of a product is what buyers are willing to pay for it, and only that. Ultimately, raise your prices when you get too many commission requests for you to keep up with, lower your prices when you're not filling your commission slots fast enough. The only use for these price guidelines are when you're first starting out selling your art, or if you're only selling art occasionally and don't maintain a concept of commission slots so you can't adjust art price by demand and rate of production. Any advice for increasing your productivity or appealing to a more lucrative market is always useful, though.

  4. DrawWithStyle - easy manga drawing says:

    I’m a digital artist and my artworks are (in this video) look like it would range at the price 10-40 dollars. Someone tried to negotiate the price because “art shouldn’t be priced anyways”, and I just said “ok. I’ll got find a different buyer.”
    They then said “ok ok. How about…. 5 dollars?”


  5. Mundy Lunes says:

    There should be a professional art appraiser for digital amateurs.

  6. Taoster Productions says:

    My answer: My art is so bad, I owe people money.

  7. Za_ Arto says:

    what i learned is that my pfp ( which i made from memory! ) would go for about 5 – 20 dollars, maybe not 20 more like 15 G( . – .)G

  8. Lolita Subliminals says:

    Mine is worth free

  9. Little Raven Designs says:

    Thank you guys for sharing this! I struggle with pricing and am just about to start up my own shop! Please keep it up

  10. Kawaii Potatoe says:

    Mine is very expensive because I drew a straight line

  11. Mocha Cat says:

    I think I could sell my art for 25cents!
    👌 (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  12. LegendaryRomania says:

    I'm an SFM artist with a bit of experience. I want to start commissions but idk what to price mine at. All this video shows is 2D art and nothing 3D

  13. Spot Leatherman says:

    Where do u animate

  14. caitykitty13 says:

    this was interesting and helpful, although i don't think any of the artwork was in the same style as mine which makes it kind of hard to figure out -_- sigh

  15. Lynn Pllt says:

    i love the way you edit your video

  16. Masatisan says:

    Oh man I would love to be able to change 20$ an hour but that's just insanely high, no one would comission me!

  17. Jordan B Wolf says:

    My artwork is currently about the skill level of 4:40 (Alsitra) and no way in hell does it cost that much. Maybe $25 at best.
    I spend a good 4-6 hours on my work, and the taxes here are extremely high. For each piece I'd be asking for $75+ on taxes alone—- AND I DRAW ON MY PHONE ON A FREE PLATFORM.
    No- nah-ah. Not happening. Unless you're some big name, I would NOT be taking this video's advice unless you're actively going to take a good $25 off each review.

  18. laika trbl says:

    Nice video~~ btw, I have to mute it first so that I can read what's on the text bubble(?) Then I watch it after, with volume on for me to hear your voice over.

  19. Denis says:

    cant you just right click save picture ??

  20. Person of Interest says:

    What's a good site to start selling your art? After watching this I value mine at 20-40 but not sure

  21. Micki Sei says:

    My art is $1

  22. Clown says:

    i really cant sell anything cuz no one will buy a somthing like i saw in this vid

  23. Flips 4 Dayz! says:

    I've never thought about pricing or selling my art, I'm not sure if I should either. I'm not great with commissions. Should I try to do commissions?

  24. Silber Hörnchen says:

    these videos are nonsense. there is no point in saying how much your art is worth -if nobody is interested. and you HAVE to check out your fans and people who follow you and how much they are willing to pay. Sorry but I always rant at these videos that say don*'t make your art so cheap , it's more worth .
    if you need more or less hours it based on your speed , some are faster , others are not. the quality is also debatable. But in the end if you really NEED money for a living it doesn't matter if your art is 100 dollars worth it but nobody is willing to pay 100 dollars and you will starve. so if you offer it for just 10 dollars and you work your booty off you might end up with 10 arts you produced but in the end having 100 dollar

    i have feeling people who always say this blabla "don't underprice yourself" do it for fun and not for real money they need to survive. it's not how the art industry works in a time where the competition is hell

    speaking unless you start nsfw fetish art then you might get rich fast.

  25. Mhtr Jhttr says:

    Wow, my art is like 30$-40$, i always tough it was around 3$

  26. Mhtr Jhttr says:

    I spy with my little eye ralsei

  27. Bree Adams says:

    I just sell mine 3$ per hour if colored, $2 if not

  28. Shøna Callanan says:

    3 seconds in and I see Havve Hogan. I'm happy.

  29. Fredrik Nygren says:

    its shit

  30. Pexxastar says:

    And here i am me who is unable to sell art for even 5 dollars 🙂

  31. SGVhcnQgQnJlYWtlcg says:

    sooo… my art is like 25-40$ ANDDDD ITS SO MUCH MONEY FOR ME UMG (1$ is 5.70 TRY so 25$ is 142.59 TRY)

  32. The Kandycorner Cat says:

    Wow, I was going to sell my art for less than $5, thank you! ^^

  33. Cold Hearted Fucker says:

    Wait y'all are SELLING your art ??

  34. Nobu Prosciutto says:

    I sell my shit for like

    5 cents because I don’t know what else to charge

  35. Charles Hancock Creations says:

    Phenomenal information! I needed this resource. 🙏🏼🔥💯

  36. AxeHead 45 says:

    Hah! My art would be worth like negative dollars

  37. Tory Anderson says:

    My family: you need to charge more than $5 for your comissions
    Me: eh
    This video: you need charge way more than $5 at your skill level
    Me: surprised pikachu face

  38. Galgamos says:

    Ah well. Just paintings, not art in general. That's not what I expected but still useful for other people.

  39. InMusic games says:

    Guys, everything you need to do to get cheap art works is just buy it on russian social media. I found out that actually our pricing is, like, really low. My friend, who makes a really good art and is a very talented person does full body art for 350 rubles (~6 dollars), and I was really surprised that it turned out to be cheap, cause I though it was a big price. I actually sold art for 50 rubles (~0,8 dollars) and thought it was expensive. So yeah. Just buy art from Russians lol (jk)

  40. Evil Kitten says:

    I have learned my art is worth maybe $2.

  41. Deerthesizeofhouse says:

    What's the best social media for getting my art out there? :0

  42. Killer Pickle says:

    Did I know how much my art is worth? I make the paper less valuable by drawing on it lmao

  43. Pbness Jellyness says:

    With the internet becoming more and more prominent, I'm hoping that it'll be easier to make a living independently and online. I do want to become a character designer/animator so I'm researching all that I can before I'm in the field just so I have at least some knowledge before I sell my first piece of art.

  44. Mediocre Adam says:

    When i was doing commissions i had a base price of around 2$ and every hour i put i would charge around half of minimum wage in my country which is waaay less than minimum wage in the US and western european countries. And people still wouldnt want to pay in real money, but online currencies. I got a lot of commissions, but i was too overwhelmed and people constantly haggled or disappeared when i would ask for a payment, so i just gave up. Id really like to do art professionally and i think my skill and learning curve are good, but people just scare me and i dont know how to start. Only time i actually got paid and had no problems was when i was designing tattoos and that wasnt near as hard as digital art i did. I really dont know what to do, this video says my art is worth a lot, but im scared to actually put my prices up and start selling ;_;

  45. Clockwork Undead says:

    So… I sold a 15 hour+ level 5 art,,,, for $10… and I was told I charge too much… it was an illustration of a character… that i had to design from scratch for the client…. I wish I had watched your videos earlier.

  46. Swimming〈dragon says:

    i never took into consideration that traditional art would cost more for its impermanence. ive never touched digital. this puts a lot into perspective

  47. evolionbot says:

    Thank you

  48. Papy Toasty says:

    This is such a helpful video, not only the info on pricing, but the very constructive critics this panel made. More please!

  49. Lia Ju Artworks says:

    Hey there, semi-realism artist here. I sell my art for bust-ups and half bodies. Usually around 25-35€. But my art style changes slightly (mostly facial features like eyes etc.) with every piece, because my style advances and improves with every piece. Sometimes it's more anime-esque, sometimes it gets pretty realistic. How can I find out how to price my art correctly? I take about 8-10 hours for every piece, no matter if halfbody or bust-up. I charge like 5€+ for more detailed characters. So I have actually no idea how to price my stuff. Anyone else being in trouble?

  50. Tsu says:

    you guys getting paid ?

  51. More Shahb says:

    someone said it's worth 15k


  52. Colorlessie says:

    Whenever I look how to price my art online they always say "base it on how much time you spend, materials yadda yadda yadda"

  53. just your boi says:

    I have many different types of art styles, it took me three days to make one piece. It was I'd say rather detailed so it look a long time I'm not sure how I'll start commission soon.

  54. Opalthira says:

    "i'd pay 400-500 dollars"
    You are all nuts

  55. Cat Lurver says:

    4:08 SKSKSKS MLB

  56. Gakamis Gaming says:

    Draw porn and your art's price will triple.

  57. Sassy Creator says:


    Me: Less than half a penny

  58. Cheesie Bread says:

    One of my pieces is a full body with color + shading with a very simplistic background (its just a pool of water and some floaty bits) its very close in skill to Alsitra ( 4:33 ) How much would it sell for?

  59. Amorette sinopa says:

    More of these!

  60. Reaverkingdom says:

    But nobody will pay me if I charge over 10 dollars lmao
    Edit: most of my audience doesn’t wanna pay for my art

  61. Brittney Johnson says:

    Thank you so much you're a literal angel, I've been thinking of starting to do commissions for a while now. The main thing stopping me was that I had no idea how I should price them, but this is gonna help so so so much! 💖

  62. Миха Чоросов says:

    Капец у них цены высокие, чем в России. За такие каракули давать 15-20 долларов?

  63. End Me says:

    I usually keep my prices low because I'm still working on my style, my anatomy is terrible in some places, my character design is also pretty terrible sometimes, and I usually take DAYS to even finish a singular a piece.

    An example is a piece I finished recently that took 3-4 days despite the fact it is simplistic, with minimal shading, and a simplistic background. Mostly caused by my motivation to even work on it half the time.

  64. Jae Draws says:

    I do free commissions mainly because I don’t like my art and feel bad for making people pay for my crappy art

  65. Destiny says:

    My prices are cheap xD my highest price is $15

  66. Meag Artista says:

    This was such a helpful video, something I would have LOVED when I was just getting started! I've saved it so I can share it anytime someone asks me for advice on getting started <3

  67. K says:

    What if I am unsure about how many hours I have worked on a piece? I don't usually count the hours of work and I only rather estimate time in days. How would I accurately price it then?

  68. LeToucan says:

    what are your thoughts on art auction sites like YCH, do you think the community does justice to the artist when they bid on those pieces or should the artist rather just make commissions and decide the prices for them self?

  69. Dylan Church says:

    I know someone who draws sketchbooks off brand anime and sells them for $50 to the kids who’s parents use the parental controls. Dude makes a killing

  70. kek XD says:

    Mine is worth nothing

  71. LK Hill says:

    bruh i really be asking my shit for $0.75

  72. Barely Breath says:

    tbh I wouldn't give more than 3 dollars to most pieces on the video

  73. Galaxy waffles2.0 says:

    My art is worth one speck of dirt

  74. Crypsalis Marshmellow says:

    I'm about to go into college and I really wanna be an artist for game development because my other choice was a biologist in the sciences, but they don't have many jobs that I morally support ;; Science is the more stable job but I'd be way happier if I could do art hh. Any help,,? I'm going to college in a few months

  75. My Kookie says:


    …Is that Namjoon I see..?

  76. Sunniiva Arts says:

    when you sell your art for under 50 cents because no one pays more

  77. MidnightAmberCreations says:

    My highest price is like $17 and that's for a 10 panel comicX)
    I can't raise my prices tho since in my opinion, my art isn't really that eyecatching and I already don't get many customers so eh

  78. Chocolate Cosmos says:

    Please don't use amino. its a terrible app.

  79. Kitsunhusk says:

    I NEVER SAW THIS, MY FRIEND JUST SENT ME THIS,, BUT OMFGG, ThAnk YOU so muCH💖😭💖💖💖😭😭 I was selling my reference sheets for 70$, later increased them to 100$, and this video, honestly gave me much courage in my work, i’ve been scared to sell my art for high price, thinking people would say this is to expensive, but thank you so so much for encouraging me💖

  80. Amaru Sabattini says:

    Hello! could you allow comunity translations? i want to make spanish subs for this video since ive seen a lot of people that should be taking 30-40 dollars for they art charging 5-10 while spending days on pieces, is something that makes the hispanic market both impossible to live within and with a toxic competitivity that makes a lot of artists lower their prices. i would be thankful if i could share this video with spanish subtitles wich is why i want to make them, thanks in advance.

  81. Frickpost Big boii says:

    my art is probably worth like, 6 dollars

  82. Senpai M says:

    I said my art was $5 and I’m just getting two packs of gum instead… we’ll I mean the gums good but now I’m raising it to $11 because I feel like it would be better! 😄

  83. Un Yacine Savoureux says:

    And i say "we" because communism

  84. Dip-Dip Potato Chip says:

    This was an amazing video! Thank you so much for this!

  85. The LegoCreeper says:

    FYI you can also buy tons of Great arts in amino for amino coins which u can earn for free , if your active

  86. flemaster12 says:


  87. Cheeto's art says:


  88. Patrik: says:

    my art is low priced

    that i have to pay YOU just to see it

  89. Jai says:

    "How much is your art worth"
    oh, like1 cent-

  90. Arrow says:

    i'm really stunned, i've been charging extremely low for ages since i've always been worried people would think I'm overpriced

  91. Party Petusum says:

    7:30 Aaaaaaaa i see hollow knight

  92. Trydellineかわいい says:

    Ayy typh

  93. Candy Sugars says:

    Sorry, but some of these people expect a lot more than these will actually sell for.

  94. Celia R. says:

    After seeing this now I see my art ranges from 5-10 to 15-25

  95. Havenor says:

    as nice as this sounds pretty much no one is going to buy at those prices unless your follow count looks something above 10k. its a nice thought, but one thing that is barely factored into this pricing video is popularity, which has a huge affect on how much you can sell your art for. i believe another good panelist would have been someone like this who understands the popularity issue and is not a popular artist. someone with a small following under 2k and understands reducing price. all the people i see on the panel are successful artists with large followings and the two people who are not artists. making it easy to look at a very poor colorless sketch and price it at 15-25 dollars. many of these pieces I disagreed with the pricing as an artist of 10 years now and would love to see some different opinions in a new updated video

  96. Whatever Art says:

    Most artists take too much time on a piece
    I’m the opposite

  97. Ness - says:

    An art piece shouldn't be based on the time it took you. It should be on the quality of the piece itself and as an artist you should work to cut down that time to a minimum

    People disrespect artists because honestly everyone who has the issue of disrespect just isn't good enough, but they try to overcharge for the quality of their work
    Nobody will pay $100 for a $5 artwork because you spent 14 more unnecessary hours than you needed to. That's completely on the artist to improve their skill.

    Compare yourself to people who can actually commission themselves well based on their art not their character
    And ask yourself if your art is really worth it
    If it's not, then you have a long road of training ahead, but the results will be fruitful as long as your heart never strays

  98. Ness - says:

    A normal person would not seek out this art for these prices

  99. Gunner Aitsu says:

    Hands in the air if you found out you've been underselling 😅

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