Journal Entry: Wed Nov 23, 2011, 5:11 PM
Once upon a time, I stumbled across DeviantArt, specifically Coey, and was like, "This is what I want to do". I was about 17 at the time. And to be totally honest with you, Shit at art. I hadn't really pushed myself. I doodled in school books, but thats about it. So here we are 8 years later, and I seem to be doing okay. Give or take a crippling headache and ragefits about my inability to paint something as simple as a leg, when I've painted them 100 times before.
So now I sit with 60k views. Not a massive amount by DA standards, but I'm grateful for every single one of them. To me, that 60k is worth a million. Okay, not really, but close. It's still 60,000. If I had a penny for every view, I'd have 600 pounds. And then I'd have to convert that to Australian moneys.. probably pay a fee.. and then tax.. So I'd have like 500 pounds.. and I could buy Skyrim. And a really comfy beanbag.. and a prostitute.
But wait! This seems like a fairly positive journal! Whats going on?! Well firstly, shush, sit down. It's not all rainbows and kittens. For a start, ever since I did the Yogscast channel, I get about 2-3 emails a week, from people expecting the same work, for free. Totally for free. The moment I outline my pricing, I never hear back from them. The same thing happens about once a week regarding Character Busts. They're 25usd. Soon to be 30usd. Thats not a massive amount of money for the work I produce, is it? And yet people seem to get affronted that I dare ask for money.
It might just be the youtube crowd and the mentallity of today. We all expect stuff for free. I just never thought I'd be at the ass end of the stick.
So to outline for any youtubers!
Minecraft Characters: 10usd per.
Painted Characters: 75usd per.
Simple Background: Free.
Painted Background: 50usd.
And yeah, I actually had someone ask for "just the free background".. I mean honestly, it's just a gradient colour.. Anyone can do that in MSpaint, surely? It's like going into a supermarket and seeing a bottle of cola with, "30% Extra Free!", then untwizzling the cap and drinking 30% of it. And then getting annoyed that the security guard twats you on the head with a baguet.