I’m fairly new to the commission scene (as in, I’ve been taking commissions for about five-ish years), and I charge “fresh-out-of-college,” dirt-cheap rates. $65 for a fully lined, colored, and shaded piece dirt cheap.
My rate at the time of this incident was a bit lower than even that.
Client: I’d like to buy a commission of my character from you!
Me: Great! Give me some references and details about the character so I know how to depict him.
The client surprisingly does as asked, going so far as to provide some extra really useful information. I take this as a good sign, which was a mistake.
Me: Okay, this is good. Now, do you want flats, shaded, lines, or a sketch?
Client: Full-body in flats, please.
Me: Okay, 50 bucks.
Client: …Can you offer me a friend discount?
Were they my friend? Yes. Were they also another artist who knows how little $50 is for hours of work? Also yes.