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J.P.Anguas
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Canada
I'm a Civil Engineer from Mexico born in 1975 who enjoys drawing and painting as a hobby.
I started drawing when I was around three years old, with crayons over walls and closet doors. It probably didn't impressed my parents at the time, but eventually I moved on to use pencil and paper, drawing the back of buses and memorial crosses on the side of the roads from my many road-trip memories with my parents.
In high school I often drew airplanes, hi-fi sound deck systems and sci-fi space ships when I got bored in class and my canvas was our assignment notebooks.
When I lived on my own for more than five years while working in Indiana, US, I took refuge on drawing pencil portraits and I didn't do any type of painting until 2006, when I met a late fantastic teacher who in life was called Armando Manriquez.
I took one of his acrylic paint workshops at the local Art Centre in La Paz, Mexico, becoming a very memorable teacher who opened my eyes to the world of colors, paintbrush and canvas, sadly passing away in 2010.
Now living and working in Canada since 2007, I have uploaded most of my artistic work thus far into DA.
I've been trying my hand on Digital Painting, so my other profile in Deviantart where I keep my digital drawings and paintings is listed below.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you like what you see!

JP Anguas
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Here's a comment I posted on another fellow Deviant's :iconinkyrose: journal regarding about how to estimate the total costs when you want to sell your artwork. Fellow deviant :icondavidaggeros: also asked me this question some time ago.

Although there's no exact way to do this and each artist can try to define their own rules, prices and rates, based on my own construction estimating experience some of these same principles for setting a price can be applied as follows. (and I'll try not to write a novel :P (Lick)).

First of all, prices described are in Euros, but could very well be substituted by Dollars, Pounds, Pesos, etc. and some products like canvases, brushes, paints and copic markers have been estimated, so make sure you are using updated prices for these items as well.

The price for any finished piece of art can be estimated by making sure you are covering four main parts involved.

These 4 parts are:
1) Materials - Part of Direct costs
2) Labour - Part of Direct costs
3) Indirect costs - Percentage of Direct Costs
4) Profit - Percentage over all of the above Costs 

1) For the first part you want to recover the cost of the main materials for doing your commission.
As an example: 
Lets say a canvas you used is 20 Euros,
A full bottle of specific paint you used from start to finish is 4 Euros,
You used a palette of three other paints but let's say you only used one quarter of the container for each of the three paints:
4 Euros x 3 paint bottles x 0.25 (one quarter from them) = 3 Euros
For brushes, markers or other accessories it can be tricky, but you can try estimating also how much you spent on the 'useful life' of these.
You could say, two copic markers were used for one tenth of their useful life so:
4 Euros x 2 copic markers x 0.10 (one tenth of their useful life) = 0.80 Euros
A fancy high quality brush 10 Euros x 0.10 (one tenth of their useful life) = 1 Euro
So when you add up all of the above, you end up with 20+4+3+0.8+1= 28.80 Euros.
This is only what you've already spent out of your pocket for materials.

2)The second part, any artistic work involves doing it over a period of time  you should be compensated for.
In construction we have different types of rates depending on the type of work someone does, like a carpenter or a mason but let's be very basic and say that a minimum wage in Europe is around 4 Euros x hour. (maybe could be more or could be less, but this is just an example)
It took you 5 hours to complete the commission from start to finish, so 4 Euros x 5 hours = 20 Euros

When you add up materials and labor, then you have 28.80 + 20 = 48.80 Euros
The total of these two is typically called 'direct costs' in construction.

3) The third part is easier when considered as a percentage of the direct costs, and these are called indirect costs.
It can be very hard to calculate exactly, but the idea behind charging for this is that you probably had other little expenses involved in doing your commission like, paying for the electricity of the place you work, the furniture you used, the cost of buses, transit or vehicles, fuel just to move around when you went and bought the canvas, the paints, the brushes, the rent or mortgage you pay at your studio, etc.
So, without digging too much into all that, a typical indirect cost can be estimated at say 10% of your direct costs, so for our example, it would mean
48.80 x 0.10 = 4.88 Euros
So your total costs with directs plus indirects are 48.80 + 4.88 = 53.68 Euros
On a very basic approach, you want to at least make sure you sold your commission for 53.68 Euros.
(What you spent is what you get back)

4) The last part that is entirely up to the artist and depending who is buying, how likely you are to sell your work, and because after all, art should not be downgraded but rather also considered with its own importance and value, is the profit.
you can again, calculate this like a percentage of the total Costs (Direct plus Indirects) so if you want to make 15% of profit (money in your pocket) on this piece,
you would have 53.68 Euros x 0.15 = 8.05 Euros,
So the final price would be 53.68 + 8.05 = 61.73 Euros.

The profit percentage is not fixed, so by all means play up with this percentage to your advantage!.. Art most definitely should not be undervalued.

Hope this rant helps a bit and Happy Creating!



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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
Happy Birthday! fella's Gobbler (Party) fella Gift (Party) 
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Happy Birthday! Birthday cake  icon 
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Pajunen Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:
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Akifan Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome, it's a very deserving photo!
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Little-Blue-Buggy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Thanks for the fave on fav.me/d863ip4 !!!
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Akifan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! ...you have amazing watercolor works!
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Little-Blue-Buggy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Aww thanks! :D :hug:
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duytter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
and thanks a lot for the Watch back :) Cheers :beer:
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duytter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias J-P for the fave, thanks a lot :)
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the watch, by the way :aww:
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
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Akifan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heyy theeere!!... :happybounce: how you've been? Handshake 
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hehe, hey! I've been alright, how have you been? :)
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Akifan Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just peachy!...been doing a bit of painting and drawing here and there...and also experimenting a bit with a tablet and elements 11 & 12....drawing a bunch of imaginary story-boards about another game I like (half life 2 and portal 1,2) lots of acrylic abstracts and still procrastinating on other stuff I'd like to get done, like learning to speed-paint with the tablet...and of course, I've become quite a fan of anything digitally painted sci-fi related...
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heatherorchard Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fave.
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costage Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave my friend!!!
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Akifan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, you have an impressive talent for all those pencil portraits and I'll have to come by and visit a bit more!
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thank you so much for the fave and the amazing comment!!!! You made my day!! :D
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Akifan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're move than welcome!! :happybounce: and glad to hear that! Dance! 
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XD
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SLahiri Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thanks for the fav,
Akifan

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Akifan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome SLahiri! Dance! 
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Davidaggeros Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
żTú has llegado a exponer algo en Canada? A mi me gusta todo lo que pintas, pero recuerdo que me explicaste una vez que en Canada gusta otro estilo de pintura: paisajístico.
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Akifan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ademas el fanart inspirado en comics y el manga japones parecen tener muchisimo auge y aceptacion aqui. Gracias por tu elogio :)
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Akifan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Todavio no he tenido la oportunidad de hacer una exposicion, como que me tengo que poner las pilas para juntar una cantidad de cuadros e investigar un poco a traves de quien o que organizaciones podria realizar la exposicion.

El estilo paisajistico perdura mucho en los adultos mayors, pero creo que nuevas generaciones son afines tambien al abstracto y surrealismo. Tambien tiene mucho auge la animacion por computadora y el pintado digital. Cada dia escucho de mas cursos orientados al CGI y a la post-produccion para peliculas utilizando ordenadores (green screen)

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