Hello: First of all I'll say I love so much your works and this kind of mecha entities you make. That's why I wanted to ask you something: May I have your permission to make this a Wallpaper and share it here on Deviantart? You will be properly credited as the original author.
I hope you can understand my devoted feeling for this masterpiece. Otherwise I do not think there would be any problem in using it as a personal-use wallpaper -not sharing it on the web. If you're interested in how the wallpaper will look, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Long Answer: Having been a street artist and having many exhibitions over the past 9 years in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and many other places including group shows, solo shows, agency shows, live painting exhibitions, corporate sponsored gigs and whatever the fuck I feel i have a better understanding of the street art scene than you. Also i sold a painting last month for $500. Also ask yourself... how do you value a piece of art. Art is worth what the market will pay for it or what the artist values it to be worth. Im fond of this piece... its not my favorite (thats worth a lot more to me and therefore reflects a much higher price tag) but this one i'd be happy to keep it forever if someone was only willing to pay $100 for it. I feel that for $500 I could let it go. Also for $500 i can cover the cost of producing a shows worth of work (that is going up in two days time which comprises of 7 pieces so far. This is one of those pieces). There's your long answer. I hope you have been educated.
I feel ya on this, i have done a couple of group shows and my first night i had no idea what to price my stuff at, so i basically asked myself whats the replacement cost of a given piece of original art based on supplies cost, my time and since they are one of a kind I just thought how much i personally liked each and compared to what other people were selling comparably technical and sized piece..then again i don't compare to the "stencil artist" that assembly line out trendy pop stuff lik bob marley or stormtrooper or che on a blue and white swirly wallpaper background to sell for 20 bucks at the farmers market. I priced a couple at 400 and 500 dollars because i DIDN'T want to sell them cause i wanted to keep in my rooom and figured no one would pay that much for an unknown artists stuff at his first show, but lo and behold the 400 dollar was the first to sell . and you're damn right you can buy more art suppliess with it - thts exactly what i did. so i guess i just wanted to support your response on pricing art, cause it can be reasonable and you obv have more credibility than me. but i can see how it could be viewed as a little condescending too lol.
I am GLAD to see artists who are asking what they are worth!! More power to ya bro... I know of so many hapless artist peer friends who are scared to get what they are worth... Which in the long term means that their vision will, for the most part wither on the vine and die instead of getting the boost it needs to be seen by the world. I have this very same task every single day of explaining to people why I charge what I do (tattooist), and trying to make them understand. But of course, pretty much no one *gets* it... They can't understand that i am quite happy for them to go down to the street to the ghetto tatshop and get something embarassingly horrible. They can't wrap their head around the fact that I have paid my dues for 15 years, and that my time and creativity are valuable, or that I have a large loyal clientele perfectly willing to pay for the work I passionately give. ALL ARTISTS SHOULD READ WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN HERE, and draw something from it, and command the confidence to charge what they are worth. AWESOME!
Its even more crazy with tattoos if people are trying to get the cheapest deal. I travel 100 miles and pay through my ass for my tattoo guy because... he's a fucking genius and he's inking me for the rest of my life. People are idiots if they pay a guy $60 for a back piece. Its going to look like shit. For the rest of your life.
When i lived in Europe people seemed to understand this concept better. You get what you pay for. In America people are always hustling for the 'best deal' but really... there's a difference between a rolls royce and a toyota corolla.
i hope to be as confident in my abilities too some day art is only worth (in money counted) what someone is willing to pay for it, and there always is someone willing to pay whatever you ask if youre stubborn enough, and reflect basic skills XD
in emotional value each piece is very varying. its so hard to part with anything completely imo.....
i think this as a painting is worth more than that. selling it as a design and as a painting alike. with the right audience you can put in a few hundred more without being ashamed xD but i guess you want it to go somewhere where its appreciated for the image and not the money
sorry. i wont buy it. but i like it in any case and will remember it for 90 years or so.
No, you're totally right. It's worth more than $500, in my opinion, because I've seen something less awesome than this priced for more. Sometimes, you gotta be an asshole. I'm just starting out in art, but I've already seen how people can be about the price of a piece. It's like they expect artists to starve and not complain about it. Bravo to you for having the guts to tell it straight.