Commissioned artworks should be priced differently than your other works, here's why. But that doesn't mean it has to be complicated to figure out what to charge. That's where the art commission pricing calculator comes in.
So, here's how it works!
Enter in what the original price of a similar-sized artwork would be that is not a commission. Now, add how many additional hours the commission will take and set an hourly rate for yourself. You may be wondering how you can come up with this number if you're charging the client before you create the artwork. You can make an estimate, or - and this is what many artists do, you can ask for the client to pay a deposit (typically 25-50%) and then have them pay the remainder of the artwork price upon completion and before the delivery. Finally, enter in the money you've spent on additional materials and the calculator will automatically generate your commission price for you.
Hint: If you are struggling with pricing your art in general, start here with our regular art pricing calculators. We also talk more about pricing in The Smartist School program, an affordable and all-encompassing business course for artists, and in The Complete Smartist Guide book.