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posted 01-17-2002 09:56 AM              Reply w/Quote
Attention all freelance renderers in the U.S., and Canada.

How are you charging clients for your services? Hourly?, Flat Rate?, or Percentage basis?

For those of us, still rendering by hand with various mediums, what is the fee for the following:

BLACK+WHITE - pen+ink, graphite, marker etc.

COLOR - prisma pencil, marker, conte etc.

My former Prof. charged the following in 1994:

BLACK+WHITE: $100./hr.
COLOR: $300./hr.

For those of us computer rendering; NOT ANIMATING, what are the fees running?

Do the fees vary among the fields of design?

For example:
Interior Design?
Industrial Design (Furniture + Products)?

What about rendering fees for conceptual design? Is the sky the limit?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

I hope all is well in the Rendering world!

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posted 01-17-2002 01:58 PM              Reply w/Quote
600 us dollars per day for 2d digital renderings.

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posted 01-17-2002 02:30 PM              Reply w/Quote

Thanks for the information.

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Hi fellow renderer
posted 01-17-2002 11:30 PM              Reply w/Quote
600$/day seems enormous to me...

I have no clue if that is what 3d rendering are worth, but that seems like a lot of money.

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posted 01-18-2002 03:11 AM              Reply w/Quote
600 is not that much for what they get from me. I fixed the rate last year if I had been more business savy I could have taken it up to 800-1000...but that is another story. I give them 3drenderings done in 2d without the use of any 3d software (+ concept sketches). I am JUST starting to incorporate 3d renderings with the 2d renderings. The thing is that my 2d renderings look like they were done in a 3d software (they are that good) so its quicker in 2d for me for now. Although watch the space the price will have to go up in next 6 months. I have 3 years experience. What do rest of you guys charge out there????

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posted 01-18-2002 08:17 AM              Reply w/Quote
Most design firms charge there time at a rate of 100 to 150 dollars an hour.They don't all publish their rates, and in some areas like Califonia where the cost of living is higher it maybe more.

So to the point, the rate any contractor should charge should be a rate which allow a consultancy to mark up 20 to 50%. If you are working for a Corporation. You may get away with charging more, if they see value in the work you are doing. Most design firm only make between 10 and 30% profits on there employees, which seems low considering the the hourly rate of an employee. But they must cover down time, facilites, health care, etc. So if a contractor is giving them similar or better profit margins, they will use that person often.

If you are extremely fast...And you know that you can render (or whatever) X% faster than the average design, then eiter charge a flat fee or pad your hours. Padding your hours may seem uncool, but if you and the client come to an agreement on a rate and an estimated time. If they said yes, then they feel they are getting value in your work.

If you are just overcharging them after the fact, they may pay it but they won't come back.

If you are just Syd Mead incarnate, charge what the hell you want, People will pay any amount from which they see value.

The artist Christo sells hs work for 100000 to 200000 dollars. because someone see value in it.

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posted 01-18-2002 08:57 AM              Reply w/Quote
My last post was full of TYPO as usuall ah! well.
I work full time as a designer but I do the other stuff(rendering concept stuff) on the side.
I was independent before but it was up and down.
Now I have best of both worlds :-) fingers crossed.
Actually I am pretty happy kind of guy but I find my life meaningless....nothing really motivates me I feel like sleeping al the time and f****ng girls. I am hiv- or was it+. I want to die ....please help me.

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posted 01-18-2002 09:08 AM              Reply w/Quote
Good point...I am pretty fast. So that helps

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