Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sell your art and earn money? I am asked repeatedly about how to sell art for a living. Many of my students make extra money by creating custom artwork for people. It can be a fun and challenging experience, but it does have its issues.
Unfortunately, I cannot tell people what to charge. I cannot tell someone else what their time and talent is worth. What I DO tell them is this: Do not undersell yourself. When you place a price on your workyour client will value it according to how much they pay for it.
There is a very wide range of prices to consider.
I go to the extremes. The gift becomes sentimental and the high priced piece becomes an investment. Both may become an heirloom due to the value I assigned it. If you underprice your work, the purchaser will value it accordingly.
You tell the customer what your art is worth by the price you charge. Sell it cheap, and it may end up being discarded, or sold in a garage sale. Be up front, and make sure to show good examples of your work. Let them see your skill through examples before you agree to anything.
They then come to my class and need help to complete the artwork, or for me to Teens selling art is so rewarding them pointers. Only take jobs that you feel confident in doing, from start to finish! Some may never pay you.
Some may want to change the agreed price after the piece is finished. This is a sample art business contract that I use. Feel free to copy it and modify it to fit your needs.