And I know there's are a lot of factors that goes into pricing; skill, speed, time, location, urgency, etc. $20 might be a big sum of money to Person A, but is pocket change to Person B. Someone might need to pay rent or medical bills, so they charge at a low price to get more customers. Everything should be determined on a case by case basis.
I'm probably in the minority, but I specifically look for people who have high prices. Because that generally (re: generally) tells me that that person respects their craft and themselves enough to be paid accordingly. But of course, that's not always the case. (Also, I don't feel comfortable hiring someone who I feel undercharges themselves).
It really grinds my gears when people (whom, I might say are artists themselves) harass artists who price themselves decently to make their prices lower. Because art is cheap to make, right???
I'm considering doing art commissions in the future, charging around $45-60 for a full body sprite, and I know there will be people who will bitch and moan about my prices. And before any of you say "Well yeah, that sounds kind of expensive..." consider the following:
- Did YOU spend 6-8 years trying to figure out this "digital art" thing?
- Did YOU spend years learning and practicing anatomy, values, color theory, etc?
- Did YOU pay for my art classes?
- Did Photoshop pay for ITSELF?
- Did the tablet pay for ITSELF?
- Did the computer pay for ITSELF?
- Did the electricity bill pay for ITSELF?
- Are YOU paying for my groceries?
- Are YOU paying for my rent?