I’m about to take on my first project for a client. I was wondering if I could get some input as to how much would be a decent price for me to charge the client. My aim is to give the client a good price, specially since the delivery will take me time since it’s my first project (I’m guessing about 4 weeks), but not cut myself so short even in a “good price”.
How much would you charge (or would you suggest someone newer to charge) for a creature character portrait? The feel is a regal portrait, something like this:
But with a 3D feel, like this:
I was originally thinking charging the client $500 … my thinking being that a professional, experienced artist who had all the skill sets to deliver something like this would maybe take 3 full days to complete something like this (no basis for this thinking … I’m just assuming, so that may be too ambitious); and I’m thinking they’d charge, at the very! least, $35 an hour (and I’m sure in reality it’d be much higher). So for 3 days of full work, it’d be about $850.
It’s going to take me longer, and I’ll have parts of the workflow to figure out, so I was thinking maybe $500 would be an aggressive price for the client? But I’m worried that I might be cutting myself way short. Any insight will be valuable, appreciated, and help me in figuring out how to justify a price to the client.