« on: 15 Apr 2013, 10:33 »
If only I had great graphic skills... £100 a backgroundPeople with talent so very often sell themselves short... If you had great graphic skills you'd be selling yourself very short cranking out backgrounds at $100 apiece, unless they were quick 2-3 hour things of course.
I'm often on the receiving end of quote queries where someone wants me to make a Gears of War quality game character for $50, seemingly not realizing it takes roughly 2 weeks of full time work at $40/hour.
Most people aren't used to dealing with professional freelance artists, and they don't realize that if you are dealing with a serious professional you have to expect to pay roughly twice as much for his/her time as you would a full-time employee. Why? Beacuse it works out best for both parties. After the artwork is done you don't have to keep paying him for dead time where he isn't working on anything (and don't have to lay him off), and as a freelancer you have to make twice as much as a full time employee to compensate for periods where there's less work, adding to your retirement fund every week, medical costs out of your own pocket, paying your accountant, sometimes your lawyer, etc, etc.