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I'm just wondering what people think of tipping artists for their work.

My mother is a hairdresser, and as such, in my life I've learned just how valuable tips can be in service professions. My mom makes most of her money each week through tips, often earning $100-200 in pure tips. At a tab of $65 for a hair dye job (which is what she does), a %15 percent tip is about $9.75; at about 2 hours of work each appointment, multiply that by between 10 and 20 appointments a week,  it comes to between 100 and 200 dollars and between 20 and 40 hours of work.

Now, consider the artist in question. Say that he/she is very talented, professional and hardworking, and would likely put between 20 and 40 hours of work into a piece. The most expensive artist I've seen in my short travels within the fandom is Kacey Migami, and she is also the person who I think charges the closest to actual wage for her work. She gets about $200 for a basic piece, give or take.

Next, consider the talenter/hardworking/professional artist in question that does NOT charge normal wage for his/her work. Let's say the average price, on FA, about $50 for a fully colored piece that the artist may have spent almost 15-20 hours to complete. In this situation, I see it appropriate to tip an artist for their work.

I don't personally tip with every piece; I don't tip when it comes to badge, sketch, or ink commissions, and often I don't if I simply can't afford it.

But when I can, I try to go that extra mile to let the artist know that I appreciate the work they've done for me enough to give a little extra back.

What does everyone think?
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Jun. 17th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
When it comes to tipping artist I base that alot on there professionalism with me along with the quality of work.

Normally if paying by paypal I will include an extra $5 or so to help cover fees as well.
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
I've tipped a handful of artists anywhere from $5-$30, particularly if I felt the quality of their work or even just their professionalism were worth more. I've been fortunate enough to have a handful of people extend the same courtesy to me. I think it promotes good feelings and good results all around. :)
Jun. 17th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, $30? That's incredible. :3

I agree; I think that the artist, especially after a long day (at cons, mostly) of doing commission after commission, showing that you really appreciate them by helping them pay for dinner means a lot.
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
While I certainly don't want to discourage anyone doing it for others, if someone paid me more than I agreed to do the piece for, I would feel horribly uncomfortable, and probably try to do something extra for them :P
I think the best "tip" might be to be commissioned again, later, but telling me up front they want to give me more money :P
(note, service jobs are fairly different because, as you said, they get most all their money from tips. Waiters are paid $2/hr unless they cannot make more than min wage in tips, and if they can't they are often considered so bad that they need to be fired XP)
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
"While I certainly don't want to discourage anyone doing it for others, if someone paid me more than I agreed to do the piece for, I would feel horribly uncomfortable, and probably try to do something extra for them :P"

I tried that and ended up getting paid for the work that I did as an extra thing and then I got tipped $40 on top of that.
The commissioner paid me a lot more than my asking price for everything he commissioned from me. It was like...wow...there's someone that appreciates people. How kind of him to do that for me.

I feel amazing when people deem me worthy to tip, and, though, I don't commission people often, I do try to tip where I can, especially if the artist in question is in dire need of extra cash.
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Jun. 17th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
As an artist, I love it when I get tips, although I don't feel it should be expected. It's not like waitressing, where tipping is necessary in order to get paid enough to survive on. I price my things what they're worth to me, so it's perfectly fine if folks don't tip.

But I've had a few who did, and it really makes me happy to know that somebody appreciates my work enough to pay that little bit extra.
Jun. 17th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
At the risk of being off-topic -

I like the cute lil' nose on your avatar. =:oD

@ has a weakness for kitty cat noses @
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Jun. 17th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I've been on both ends of that. Mostly at cons, people will give me full bills instead of taking the change back, usually around 5-10 bucks, which I always thank them for, and keep note.

I've also tipped a few artists in the same manner.

I don't see any reason tipping is bad or something people should discourage. Furry artists tend to undercharge themselves, and a tip here and there is wonderful.

Jun. 17th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Agreed. :3
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
I've had someone tip me before I even did the work, and it made me a little uncomfortable - but it was the same sort of discomfort I feel when someone buys me a gift. I just don't like people going out of their way for me, but that's just a personal thing. :3 I'd be very flattered if someone tipped me afterwards, although publicity and commendations would mean a lot more.

As for me, I tip (cash for a commission, more art for a trade) if the person showed a lot of effort and improvement in it - regardless of skill level.
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I don't ever expect tips, but when I do get them, it is a very nice surprise indeed. :)
I say keep tipping... that's a really great thing to do. Don't break the bank of course, if you're low on extra cash you don't have to feel obligated to.
If I made more income, I would also tip my favorite artists for a job well done, but unfortunately, I usually have to be careful with how much I spend.
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I don't tip, basically because I can't afford it.
I work for minimum wage, only a part time job, and it pretty much takes some saving to commission anyone I want to commission, or, in fact, pay for anything! I feel that I am paying them what they're asking, I am under no obligation to give even more on top of that. Its fine for those who can afford to do so, but £2 to me is.....well, its a bag of rat food! And frankly, thats pretty useful to me with 17 rescue rats to feed!
Thats just an example really. I virtually never tip, in any situation. I have no problems with others doing so, but I refuse to be guilt tripped or bullyed into it when I can't afford it.

I also agree with whomever said it might make the artist feel awkward. I know it would me.
Jun. 17th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
If it comes down to feeding rescue animals, or a tip, I doubt too many furries would be upset with missing out on a tip. =:o)
Jun. 17th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
It's certainly a nice gesture, if it can be afforded.
Jun. 17th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
I would never personally expect a tip with a commission. I make a base price and live with it. Though a tip would be a wonderful surprise indeed :D
Jun. 17th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
I accept tips, but I always make sure that the artwork is of the highest possibly standard. I like to be sure I earned my tip, otherwise I would feel horribly guilty. Likewise, I tip other artists when I can. Even if it’s just a few dollars, I think it always helps (especially for those annoying paypal fees) D=
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm going the other way on this..
Considering someone who works at a salon, under someone else, everything they do probably doesn't go to them. A tip is a very nice gesture indeed because they're unable to work out their own terms of work and prices.
An artist usually has that ability.
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
+I did also mean to mention, and they usually do keep 100% of the money made off the commission.
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Jun. 17th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
I think tipping is great, but it should never be expected by an artist like it is with people in jobs that rely on tips like waitresses and hairdressers.

I've always been incredibly thankful for my tips and I put the commissioners that do tip on a list for future gift-art.
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
people usually tip me because im 1.- fast 2.- keep instane comunication 3.- and I mostly give a bit more than they ask for :D
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
... A Mexican furry artist?!

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Jun. 17th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
I've been tipped before... it kind of made me feel guilty, but it was also kind of a pleasant surprise. :) While I always feel undeserving of presents as such, it made me feel great that I've made someone happy.

I've also tipped with artwork. I've been so happy with commissioned pieces that I've returned the favor with a bit of fan art (this is the kind of tip that I in turn, love to receive!). Who doesn't love gift art? :)
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