So while working on this shadowbox and thinking of the ones I have lined up to do after this, something started to occur to me. How does a traditional artist make a living from their work? In this age of digital reproduction, once a digital artist is finished, they can make unlimited prints of something and just keep adding on to such providing them limitless income potential. On the other hand, once a traditional artist is finished with a piece and it sells, they are empty handed once again.
It made me rethink my pricing structure. I want the pieces to be affordable so that they won't be on my wall forever, but at the same time, I don't want to figure in every bit of labor, because that would make each one ridiculous. Let's use the Calvin and Hobbes
one I recently did as an example. Not revealing the details of how I decided on $60 for it currently (available to buy from me at FlatCon next month!),
if I figured in all the hours spent on it even at minimum wage, that would quickly double the price at least. I don't feel comfortable going near that amount.
I could really use some feedback and/or advice on this.