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RE: Palaeoart commissions

And I'd second that.  Around £1,000 seems perfectly reasonable for over
a weeks work for a good artist on what is obviously a "feature" artwork.

I did a dinosaur poster last year for a similar figure, and it seemed
about right for the work I put in.

Christian Darkin

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of Allan Edels
Sent: 12 January 2009 19:07
To: "Bob Tess" ; Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk 
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu 
Subject: Re: Palaeoart commissions

 That's almost £944.

-----Original Message-----
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009 12:02:41 pm
To: Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
From: Bob Tess <bobtess@dinoart.com>
Subject: Re: Palaeoart commissions

Why work for minimum wage when what they are hiring you for is  
expertise?  How big is the digital painting to be?  Are you doing the  
painting as well as the drawing?
In America the standard low end for a paleoartist producing a digital  
mural involving 40 hrs. of work, which is what it sounds like you are  
producing would be $1400.
  Tess Kissinger
On Jan 12, 2009, at 10:26 AM, Mark Witton wrote:

> Dear all,
> I've been asked to draw a large palaeoenvironmental reconstruction for

> my university and, hip-hip-hooray, they've even offered to pay me some

> money in exchange for my time. Problem is, no-one has ever paid me to 
> draw an image before and they want quotes: does anyone out there in 
> Palaeoland have an idea what the going rate is for a palaeoart 
> commission nowadays? The project is quite large with at least an 
> A2-sized sketch before being painted digitally: I reckon they'll be at

> least 40 hours worth of work poured into it. At British minimum wage, 
> that's about £224 - is that too little? Too much? Anyone
> commissioned an
> image recently and know how much their artist was paid? Any artists
> willing to share their fee for creating a standerd, one-off image?
> Ta very much,
> Mark
> --
> Dr. Mark Witton
> Palaeobiology Research Group
> School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
> University of Portsmouth
> Burnaby Building
> Burnaby Road
> Portsmouth
> PO1 3QL
> Tel: (44)2392 842418
> E-mail: Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk