I get inquiries and requests to do custom work from a lot of different sources. I just wanted to create this journal and pin it to my profile page so I don't have to respond to the same questions that I tend to get frequently.
I get asked a lot, and I mean A LOT to do free work. While I'm no stranger to free work (Heck I donated close to 10 large paintings and prints to charities last year) and when I offer to paint without pay it's because it's a gift from me and it means something. Please don't ask me to do free work, if I see your project and want to donate my time to it I will approach you. I have never, ever EVER asked someone to do free work. I believe people are worthy of the payment based on the work they put into something. Free work is really something I choose to give on my own terms. You don't have to try and sell me your vision, project or dream and top it with I'll get great exposure. My work was in Vogue magazine, has been on TV shows several times. I had 30+ paintings at one time on a TV series, I've had several celebrities share my work on social media and none of this brought me anything. Exposure is great, but it doesn't pay the bills.
I also get asked a lot to work on these really large projects and people want quality art but at really low rates. Let me give you an example. I was asked by a group to do a fairly large painting with all these details and ideas, they wanted to know how much I'd charge. I told them well you're going to be out 100-150 before I even apply paint to canvas or Wacom pen to tablet. It will cost me that much in materials or to order the print. Your project sounds like it would take around 22 hours. This painting is going to run you in the ballpark of $900. Their response was they wouldn't go any higher than 250. I said I understand you have a budget but I'd like to break this down for you.
You're asking me to work 22 hours with a budget of $250. 150 goes towards supplies/print, this leaves me 100 dollars. You're paying $4.50/hour for a skill set not many have because while there are a lot of artists out there, they truly only make up a very small percentage of the work force. Does this sound fair to you? Their response was they'd save up for it and get back to me.
Seriously folks, I'm not greedy and to be honest my rates are lower than most professionals, but I have to set a value on my work or else I'll be selling myself short. Rates can't be decided with a set price unless if I was only doing cookie cutter paintings, which honestly I'm not going to do anymore unless it's my own thing. When I say cookie cutter I mean you'll get x amount if I only do line-art, you'll get x amount if I only do characters without background...etc. I am a painter, I'm pretty versatile in my work and you can get a pretty good idea of what I do in my gallery. I will listen to your project/idea and give you my best guess on the number of hours I'll spend on it and base my price on that. I'm finding this easier because each project is different. Some can be done in a few hours, some in two weeks. (I'm currently working on a 30 x 40 oil painting that's taking a week) So if you like my work and you're willing to invest in your dream, please send me a message and I'd be happy to talk to you.
If you're approaching me with the intent of saying "I can't pay you much" then please, I don't want to waste your time, there are plenty of artists on DA that would love to work with what you're offering.
Can I use your work?:
I also get this question a lot, and there have been a number of times when people just take it anyway and use it without asking. Which by they way, isn't cool....at all. If you're sharing my work on your blog or any social media, you don't have to ask. As long as you're not removing my info and claiming it as your own I'm totally fine with you sharing it, who doesn't like free marketing?
If you have a project you're working on that is non profit and you'd like to use one of my images, please ask first. If you don't get a response here (which I'm not always on DA) please email me at coolart(at)stevegoad(dot)com and I will get back to you. Or look me up on Facebook and send me a PM. www.facebook.com/artofstevegoa…
If you don't get a response from me based on YOUR time frame then by default the answer is no.
Otherwise, please wait for a response.
There are commissioned work in my gallery that people have hired me to do of their custom character, so it wouldn't be nice to use their own character for something of yours.
With that said I really do appreciate the kindness towards my work and for those that take the time to comment. I'm not always the best at responding to every message on DA so if you'd like to communicate reach out to me on Facebook or email me. Thanks all, take care.