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Leana

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on: October 23, 2012, 02:43:13 PM
I have a basic pricing structure in place for oil and acrylic paingings...I charge the same... but now the question remains, when you do a watercolour, pencil or pastel painting/drawing... how would the pricing change for that, or would you charge the same?

Reason I am asking, is that I just got a commission to do a pastel drawing of a couple's wedding photograph... so I am very uncertain about the pricing structure relating to this...if it would fall in the same pricing category of oil/acrylic pricing or if it would be cheaper?

A few years ago I attended a morning session with a well known local artist...He works in acrylics...his comment was that no matter what substrate you use...the pricing stays the same... but different mediums could be a different scenario  :confused:

 :help: regarding this would be most welcome.
Leana

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Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 02:45:06 PM
I would think that the same formula would apply. Cost of materials, time, level of difficulty.
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Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012, 12:50:18 PM
pricing according to medium remains the same though oil paintings do traditionally tend to command higher prices, but that doesn't mean you must now price your oil paintings higher or other mediums lower


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Reply #3 on: October 25, 2012, 01:23:52 AM
Val - good point  ;)

Nolan -  :thankyou: for your input...interesting ... and true.

I generally work out my pricing width x height x 0.? cents per square cm (this would then include cost of medium and time)... then one actually needs to add what the substrate costs... because I suppose a client will query why is the stretch canvas and the canvas board painting (same size) the same price...surely the one is better quality than the other etc. etc. etc. (sorry, just thinking as a client might)....so if one then add the pricing of the substrate...although the size might be the same...there will be a slight price difference due to the addition of the substrate price...so they can't query that fact anymore.  I think, am talking under correction, clients might also think that a high quality pencil drawings(with lots of detail...portrait eg)...is of much lesser value, compared to a pastel or watercolour... although they might not realize the actual time involved in a work/drawing. So in the end, pricing will always remain a headache especially when working in different mediums... arghhh  :-\  An artists life is truly never boring  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: always something to keep the left brain in exercise  :whistle:


Leana

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