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Should DA work to enforce or encourage working at or above minimum wage through the Commissions System? 

663 deviants said Only encourage artists to value their work at livable prices, don't force a standard
559 deviants said Yes, don't let artists work below minimum wage
382 deviants said No, artists should be able to charge as little as they want
38 deviants said Other (please comment in the journal)

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nlmchaos12 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
It's between the artist and whomever is commissioning them. It's not DAs job to interfere unless something illegal or against the websites rules is involved. Also, it would probably discourage prospective commissioners from buying because they may feel they can't afford it, thereby cutting off an artist wages entirely.
Michael-Sherman Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Artists are artists when they sign thier work.
Artists are salespersons when the set a price.
Sales people try to get the best price they can so they make money.
dinysrawr Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think dA should definitely encourage people to charge a reasonable price for their work but minimum wage varies so perhaps there should be more information on how to charge for your work?

A lot of young amatuer artists would have no idea what to charge people and often to come here to get their work noticed which is why dA should really be providing information on what a reasonable price for commissions would be, and the differences between amateur and professional art commission prices. That sorta stuff (:

Once people understand what a reasonable charge is, then it should be up to them to decide on the price.
CarlPearce Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional
It's entirely up to the artist. DA should put up a minimum, but if the artist wants to do something for fun and at lower rates for those who can't afford it, then they should be allowed to.
clarences Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do not undervalue your work. If you do that, the whole market will be affected. If clients see that one artist is charging very low prices for their service, they'll think that it is okay to charge others at the same low price.
clarences Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
much like the dying photography business here in the Philippines.
hHooTt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Although the situation varies from nation to nation and forcing is bad how the artist are treated in my country it's really sad and it could be said it's really because artists didn't ask for much since they wanted to draw. Now firms look down on so many artists saying you like to draw, why should I pay so much for making you happy. Again this is only the case of my country it isn't always applicable everywhere. However if someone is to price their work low they should understand they could be lowering the overall market price of any work in dA in the long run. In nutshell rather than forcing i think people should just keep such possibilities in mind.
SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe a system that allows us to compare prices and standards. It is difficult to create a set standard for livable wages, since this is a global community and we all have different costs. What ma be below living wage for em might be above average for someone else. Perhaps we may want to look at it in terms of market place. And what buyers in various markets expect to see in terms of prices. Let alone Artist skill level and experience. Also there is also demand to consider. An artist in demand can charge more than one that isn't as well known.

I wish that I could have added something more useful to this conversation. Perhaps after I gain more experience with commissions systems, and get commissioned not to mention commissioning others to create art.
elizabethzelia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I have not read a lot of the comments but my opinion is that while in theory, it sounds amazing to have a minimum wage, it just cannot work here (or it can, but with a lot of work and research). As others have pointed out, there is such a wide array of skill levels and ages that it'd be difficult to justify certain set prices. Also, for example, 4 hours of work spent on an oil painting is very different form 4 hours spent on a digital piece (I am not at all saying that the oil or digital artist is more skilled than the other, but you have to take into consideration that the oil painter needs to buy materials and wait for paint to dry, etc.). Plus, there are many who get their name around by doing work for free or at very little cost (many masters have taught that this is something that is commonly overlooked by people who feel they are "too good", do not have the time, etc. Also, I think it would be a huge hassle for dA to create some sort of system while also monitoring what is going on. It's up to the artist to set a price and for the artist to be confident to stick to that price, move it up or down when need be, and even simply barter.
Xertefan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't read all the comments here, so perhaps someone's already noted that, but I think that really cheap commissions may have a certain positive effect on how artists can "market" themselves as well.
At least I have conscidered offering a couple of cheap commissions, to see if there would be an interest in what I do if nothing else.
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