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Advice - Commission Pricing

Hello all! I hope this post is okay, and if it is not, I am okay if the mods direct me elsewhere. I have been a long time lurker and first time poster so I would like to do this correctly.

I have done commissions in the past, and I greatly undersell myself but I like the fact that I can get people coming back or enjoying my art one way or another. I do a lot of different things, fandoms, and materials, but most generally stick to digital or traditional things like marker, ink, and pencil.

I have recently been asked to accept a commission from a co-worker of my mother. I do not know this person at all, but I can head out to their place of employment once I find out when they will be there. In the past I've done traditional, realistic portraits of myself and some of a celebrity for a friend. The one that sparked the interest in this type of commission was this piece here: Self Portrait.

This project alone took me a lot of time and effort to make it to where I want it to be, as usually I am a comic/cartoonist artist first. I love the way it came out and of course in the end I was pleased, but for a commission I am a bit lost.

Where should I price something like this? Do people work by the hour (and how much per hour), or a general flat fee and upgraded to how much detail? I don't want to undersell myself, but I don't want to come off as someone who charges a ridiculous amount, either, as I don't want to scare away any future commissioners.

I hope this was clear and if not, I am willing to answer any questions about this. I am currently in progress of writing a ToS so any advice to add something like this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance!

To the mods, I apologize for not adding tags as I continued to get this message: Error updating journal: Client error: Not allowed to add tags to entries in this journal. I will try to add them after posting or some other way.
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