I do art commissions, and one thing I’ve unfortunately noticed is that the more people compliment your work the less likely they are to pay your prices.
This is a verbatim exchange I just had over email minus signatures and stuff.
Client: I’ve been looking through profile sites a lot lately and you really caught my eye. What a delicate style! There’s a control there that most don’t have. I’m writing a book and in talks to have it published and I was hoping you would be so good as to grace my project with your amazing, masterful art in an original digital painting?
Me: I’d love to! My rate is between $300 and $500, depending on complexity, rights, etc.
Client: Are you sure? You’re good, but are you really good enough to ask for THAT much?
I’m at least good enough not to deal with this bulls***.