Just warning you guys. I've tried to keep prices low because I know some of you guys can't afford it (and because I'm terrified no one will want them at higher prices. This is my job.) , but it's getting to where I'm just working too much for next to nothing when I factor in hours. I can seriously spend 40hrs + (usually way more than that) on a piece and at what I'm charging currently it's literally like $1 an hour for the cheap ones and like literal cents for the big pieces. I just can't keep doing that to myself. It's especially taxing realizing that I have at least 10 more commissions on my list all at those prices and I'm almost dreading it because my life is literally just doing them any more. I don't want to stop doing them, but if I keep doing what I'm doing it's just not worth weeks of my life. I need to survive too.
So, sadly, there is going to be a price hike (when I figure them out) and I hate doing it because it's going to be quite a jump on the Hi-res stuff. That's what's killing me. the low res 1000x1000 or so stuff I can kick out fairly quickly but the big canvases with high detail...I can seriously work all day on them and still not be 10% done. They can take me a month or more because there is so much space to cover on a canvas that size. It's like painting on a regular sized canvas vs a wall for me. Anyway...I just wanted to let you guys know and not just spring it on you. I had considered raising prices on my current list and seeing how many of you would still want them at the higher rate, but part of me feels that would be kind of shitty. I don't know. I don't know what to do. I've always been really torn on my pricing because honestly at least 70% of the stuff I produce I'm not happy with and convinced somehow that I haven't done enough for you guys. I know that's just my anxiety and that all of you were happy, but I wish I could have done better. I don't think I'm good enough to charge high prices, but I recognize that I have to if I'm not going to go insane. I'm seriously just super anxious about all of this and knowing how much work I still have to go before I'm even close to finishing my list. It's exhausting.
To those who've commissioned me before: how much would you have charged for one of my paintings if you had done them? Or how much do you think I should have charged? Lower or higher, it doesn't matter, I just really want your feedback.