Wow- thanks for the help Jeremy, Britt and Nicole! The links provided for further research are really helpful- this has given me a great starting spot to working this out. 

Britt- thank you for your detailed explanation- its very useful. That's also a good tip about doubling the time required to do the work- from the projects I have done so far, I have found I'm usually way underestimating how long it will take to do!

Nicolle- thanks for the links- the ami one is really useful! I also do tend to feel guilty charging for illustrations I have done, but that is a good point about bringing down price expectations for other people- its a good thing to keep reminding myself!! I will also look up the other book you mentioned- sounds good!

Thanks so much again for all of your help- I see I have a bit of work to do on this but your tips are invaluable, this list-serv has been such a help over the last few months!

Kind regards,

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 4:48 PM, Nicolle Rager Fuller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Emma,

The guild handbook does have a section on science illustration and medical illustration. It can be hard to figure out how your job fits into the categories they give as examples, but it's a good starting place. Once you do figure out your hourly rate and the amount you think a job is worth, you can compare it to the book to see if you're in the same ballpark. I'm not sure how it compares to rates in New Zealand, but I bet you could probably look at some of the example salaries they give and figure it out.

When you DO start to figure out your prices, it can seem kind of shocking how it adds up. When I was starting out I felt guilty about it. I felt better and more confident by reminding myself that if I underbid I was doing a disservice to all my fellow artists by bringing down price expectations.  And illustration is an odd business. You may be less experienced, but your potential clients don't have to know that...

The AMI (medical illustrators) has a good section on example pricing on their site, along with other good tips and resources:
Although I haven't referenced it in awhile, I found Cameron S. Foote's books on Creative Business Guides really helpful.

Good luck!
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Emma Scheltema wrote:
Hi everyone,

I wonder if anyone would have any suggestions for resources for pricing for commissioned scientific illustrations? I am a beginning science illustrator (I have no formal qualifications in this area, besides my degree in science and having done Lana Johnsons Entomological Illustration class), so would obviously expect a lower rate than someone with lots of experience. The thing is I really have no idea what to charge, besides having read not to use an hourly rate (at this stage no doubt much longer than an experienced pro anyway). I have been asked to do some illustrations for a professor at my university and am at a loss for what to sort of fee would be reasonable.

 I have heard of the graphic artists guild handbook for pricing and wonder if that would also be suitable for scientific illustrators? The only other thing is that I am in New Zealand and I'm guessing that rates here would be different again than they are in the US. Do any illustrators from 'down-under' use these guidelines at all?

Basically I wonder if any of you experienced illustrators would be able to point me in the direction of any other resources relating to pricing- I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks in advance!



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