the above piece is not a sketch. it's the incomplete aftermath of a sketch I posted a bit ago. the progress of this piece has sparked some edging questions and concerns. there are plenty of resources and formulas to answer this question, but they leave me, and seemingly the authors of said existing information, wanting. how the hell do you figure out how much money to charge for your artwork? the current formula seems to be some haphazard combination of adding your reputation, the square inches of the piece, personal attachment, time spent, materials used, and general commercial appeal together. and then once you somehow add that up, the battle continues through inflating cost bit by bit and gauging the reaction of your current client base to see if they'll keep buying or if you pushed the envelope too far, causing you to become too expensive. the simple approach seems to be eliminating all emotion from the entire process and charging by the square inch. screw the time spent, materials used, the fact that you ripped 47 hairs out of your scalp, cried 8 tears and lost 14 hours of sleep. and what is your square inch worth? back to the drawing board. seasoned artists who sell probably don't have this problem. time, experience, and contact with the art buying world is no doubt the best way to figure this out. and those starting just need to stab in the dark for a bit to discover their sweet spot.
this question is a loaded one, and I'm not editorializing from a place of vast experience. seemingly, through this evaluation process of a pieces worth, you're succumbing to creating a commodity. will square inch matter if the subject matter isn't pedestrian? I'm not severely against the notion of creating and selling art with the goal of making money. it's how it goes, and I have a creative day job that enables me to not worry too much about the commercial viability of the art I create. the notion of only creating art for arts sake and not caring about public reaction and interest in owning the piece is quite romantic. it's an important, though lofty, goal for any artist to have. I simply can't find a comfortable foothold between a standard formula, and the original artistic intent behind any particular piece that would work across the board. throw feeling like a pretentious ass-hat in there and it's all the more confusing. how about $1.32 per square inch. there. that settles it.