Oh I agree. This happens across the range of creative arts, whether it be writing, music, or 'drawing'. A writer friend recently complained because they were constantly being asked by friends to work for free (and in one case, not even be credited!). Some people think you can just knock out a piece in no time. I mean kids draw little stick men and colourful houses in seconds so it can't be that difficult, right?
And I wasn't suggesting you were desperate or money grabbing. That was poorly worded and I was merely speaking generally. I simply meant that if you (or anyone) don't NEED the cash then you could experiment with higher prices without worrying if you'll get any offers. Maybe if I were worrying about where my next meal was coming from I'd drastically undervalue my work to guarantee offers.
So I'm genuinely interested to see how you do. It's a subject all artists think about at some point. And good luck!
I understand what you mean. Hopefully one day I might be able to live on my talent. Right now it's better not to have too huge goals but working in small steps. Good contacts is one thing that is very important to get noticed and for me it really has a made huge different when more people has noticed me. This made people want to see more artwork from me or maybe buy some from me.
I'm interested in what will happen after my vernissage in Stockholm and who might come and see it.
My prices are nothing compared to other artists that I've met. They take over 10 000SEK for an A3. Those who really appreciates my works have told me not to take less then a 1000SEK. It's been hard for me to choose prices but people must accept that these kind of drawings are not something I can create in less then one hour.
Don't ask me if I'm in desperate need of money. I love drawing and love when others wants me to draw something for them, but I'm tired of being used.
I had a guy once that wanted a tattoo sketch that had something to do with his name, so I created a sketch. He liked it but wanted some changes. So I did some changes because that's something that I can accept. After hours of sketching he totally changed his mind and wanted another motive so I had to start all over again with a new sketch. So I did it thinking that it would be fair to get paid for both sketches since the first one was approved at first and now he had another request. Then he finally returned to me and said that he had no money during the time I was working on the other sketch.
So now I've hopefully made it clear that a drawing on order takes me time and money to create and that's why I've started with payment in advance to know and be sure that the client is serious.