I got a message from my cousin asking if I could help her friend out with an art project he needed done. He wanted a reproduction of a KISS album painted onto a saw blade.
I’m so flattered you thought of me for the art project, but I’m not the artist for the job. First of all, what your friend wants is copyright infringement. Even if I overlooked that it was illegal, not something I could sign my name to, or be proud of, I’m not good at reproductions. My best effort would not look like a photocopy. My art style is nature and abstract. Also, because of my schedule and drying time between layers of paint, it would not be ready before Christmas if it is meant as a gift. Since you asked what I would charge, my freelance fee is $25 per hour plus materials. The details in the picture you sent would likely take over 4 hours, costing over $100. I must turn down this art opportunity, but thank you for thinking of me and my art skills!
How discouraging that a chance to make money from art does not come from what I am doing up in my studio. Just like if I want to be a paid writer it seems I have to write what I’m not interested in, or to be a paid photographer I’d have to do my least favourite subjects, weddings and portraits.
I am an artist, not a Xerox machine. My art is creative, not replication. I have respect for the artist that originally created the album art this person wants. If he wanted a spooky tree with a moon, or some weird mythological creature, or splotches and drips, I’d be in. Ripped off album art? No.
I searched the picture on google and found it is sold as a clock. It would be cheaper to buy the clock than hire an artist, but hey maybe he thought I’d do it for $20 or something?
One day I hope to have an income from creative pursuits, but it won’t be from selling out to someone else’s ideas for less than my time is worth.