unfortunately, this is a bit of an oxymoron!
remember guys, if someone appreciates your art as much as they claim to, then they will believe your prices are fair at their going rate. never let people imply that your art is worth less than you’re charging.
It’s pretty easy for a creator to overprice themselves. I’ve seen it both in writing and art on a few occasions. All it takes is for them to listen to the unrealistic suggestions made by those whose opinions they hold dear (who often have no experience in their market and never intended to buy from them) and suddenly they’re charging $400 for a 30 page story with high-school level writing.
That said, it’s solved by an elementary marketing tactic of Supply and Demand. If you set a price and you get no buyers (or you don’t get enough buyers to provide you with a fair monthly income), you obviously need to lower your prices or you simply won’t sell art regardless of what you think it’s worth. And just as well, if you set your price and you end up with numerous buyers right away, you could probably stand to increase it. If you feel as though you’re not getting paid fairly for the amount of work you do, you may want to learn shortcuts, discover faster ways to do things (practice, practice, practice), or seek out a side job.
This instance above is where ‘buyer input’ marketing is valuable. He made his opinion available to you. Whether it’s to try to get you to give him a good deal, or whether it’s to give you honest input, you can interpret it how you feel is most valuable. If enough people give similar input, it could be worth it to evaluate your prices. Maybe not even lower them, but provide a new, cheaper option, such as rough sketches, that that person can afford. Sometimes they want to pay, but they just don’t have that kind of money in their monthly or weekly budget. Providing a new option where you don’t undercut yourself but do half the work for half the money may work for both of you.
I don’t get the point behind assuming the worst of someone for making a statement like that. It’s not very professional. The minimal professional answer would have been ‘Thank you for your input, however my prices are set at what they are so that I can make a fair income for my effort.’ or just to not answer it at all.
telling an artist to lower their prices and cater to clients who feel the artist’s hard work isnt worth the set price is rude as hell and unnecessary.
the client may not have the money, sure, but if you really value an artists work, youd save up that money and support them. artists are people with lives and jobs. we pay bills and eat food and need money like other people.
youre basically just telling us to shut up and take what we can get and quite frankly, thats not how its going to work.