I get a lot of questions about commissions and such through twitter and facebook, so I figured I should make a page detailing things. Yes, I do them. Lets set the basics up.
Commissions are paid work. Art takes time, and I only have so much of it. With the comic and my job I have only a certain amount of free time to do pictures, so I need to charge for it. However, depending on the quality and type of picture, rates vary.
For simple, dumb pictures like this, I would charge 5-10 dollars. These are very easy and never take me more than an hour.
For more detailed pictures, and usually ones at higher resolution, It averages to about 20-30 flat. This is an example of something in that range:
For the biggest and most detailed, I go into a rate of 20 an hour. A full blown, poster size image takes a while to complete (upwards of a week. not all at once, but during free time). Something like this, which was commissioned (and the full size version is much bigger, poster quality) , took me about 7 hours. So roughly 140. Unless this is a professional job and the Client is okay with it, I won’t go over $200 because it shouldn’t take me 10 total hours to finish. If it is a professional job, we’ll discuss more personal situations via email or whatnot.
I do not do exclusively football commissions, so you can request anything of me. I frequently get asked to do logos and such for people. If you’d like something done for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via facebook message/twitter direct messaging. The facebook site is here: http://www.facebook.com/TheDrawPlayComic and my twitter handle is @DrawPlayDave.
Now, for the Fan Request Friday exemption:
Friday’s typically are the day when I’m most free. The comics for the week are done, the comic for Tuesday doesn’t get sketched till Saturday. Unless I have a big commission to work on, or something else, I will ask for requests, usually via twitter. These requests are usually on level with the 5-10 dollar range images, because I’d like to do as many as I can, even though I usually only have enough time to do 2-3 any given week. I have some basic rules if you’d like to see your idea come to life on friday without having to pay me:
7 words or less. If it takes over that much to explain, it’s too complex and I’m going to ignore you. There is the occasional exemption, but your idea has to be really, really, really funny. The idea is to keep the idea as simple as possible. The more detailed and defined you idea, the less interested I’m going to be. The broader ideas with a lot of leeway into presentation is what I’m looking for. A simple idea that I can take in any direction is far more appealing to me than something specific. Usually these follow an easy formula: [Player] as [blank]. Those are the easiest ones to imagine, and the ones I tend to do.
Sadly, since even my Fridays can get busy, I won’t get to them all and do not feel bad if I passed your idea over that week.
here are some of the better Fan Friday pics: