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So I'm getting hired by an indie filmmaker in Brooklyn. How much should I charge him for on environment concept/production painting. Based on my work, how much should I charge. This is my first gig.
I always have a bit of trouble figuring how much I should charge too, that makes sense. I would say if you're concepting out a film, I'd charge by the hour cause he'll have you do revisions and changes, throw out ideas and bring in new, unless he only wants an exact number of paintings or designs, then I was guesstimate how long it would take and charge him a flat rate with a certain number of revisions you're willing to do until you charge him again.
Is it crass of me to suggest an actual number?
Keep in mind that my CHoW entries don't get votes and my WIP posts don't get comments...
As a function of my job I do on occasion get paid to do concept art (almost always creature design), and I generally charge $25 to $35 per hour, with the number being influenced by many factors. I would be shocked if full-time concept art pros aren't paid more than that.
I would also strongly suggest discussing the process with the client so you are both on the same page about what to expect.
Good luck with the gig!
They are, even twice or more. Always depends on client and the complexity of work.
In my experience, the best practice is to ask the client, "What is your budget for this assignment?" as early as you can while still being polite. Generally within the first fifteen minutes of a phone conversation or--if they contacted you by e-mail--in your initial response to their query. If they don't respond by offering you a number, they are probably trying to hustle you.
Also: If you're in Florida and the client is in New York, you have essentially no way to insure you will get paid, unless you want to drive up to Brooklyn and sue them in small-claims court. Bear that in mind--i.e., get a third or a half of your fee up front.
Ask your fellow artists and find out what the free market rate is - and I say, "free market", not "fair market" because the market is never fair.
Anyway, Like others mentioned, ask about their budget first so you know how much they are willing to pay. I looked at your site, your environmentals are good but at the same time they aren't really up to par with the pros. Im not too familiar with environmental pricing, but go by character drawing pricings, I think you are limited to $15-$20 per hour, depends on the clients budget and how much you want to work on this.
Sorry to resurrect an older post, but I felt I had information that could help here.
"I will charge you x amount per hour, including sketchwork and revisions. Upon completion, I will send you a watermarked proof of the artwork and an invoice. After the cheque for the invoice has cleared, I will release the designs."
You should also remember to agree that you retain the right to show the work you have done in your personal portfolio and promotional material. High profile clients, for instance, game studios sticking to strict release dates tend to require that you don't personally release or publish your work until they are ready for it to be made public, which to me, is fair enough. This will also probably be stipulated early on.