i have to admit every time i see a post about how popular artists are just name brands and that people pay ridiculous amounts of money just to get art from them that they could get for less from lesser known artists, i can’t help but be incredibly skeptical.
i’ve played aywas as both an artist and a buyer of designs, but mostly a buyer of designs and this is my perspective for both stories:
1. as an artist: when i was a newbie i made some designs before deciding that making custom designs on aywas wasn’t really my thing. the first design i ever auctioned off was autobid very quickly for 35 gp. later, i sold a 2-3 premades for a flat rate of 25 gp each. i was by no means a name brand artist (i was a newbie!), and i was quite surprised to see how much i got for my random art. so i thought, hey, aywas is really great for artists!
2. as a buyer: now that i made more gp on aywas these days i am constantly scouting on the design forums for pretty custom designs to buy since i prefer buying other people’s designs to making my own. quite frankly, i seldom see any designs that appeal to me in any of the design shops. i see a lot of newbie artists who have potential but there’s pieces of execution in their designs that really turns me off. and then i see the “name brand artists” and they much more often have designs that seem well-drawn to me, but usually the designs aren’t quite interesting enough for me to want to pay 50 gp for a premade. but honestly, most designs from “name brand artists” i would snap up in an instant in the 20 gp or so range. if i saw designs of similar quality from talented newbies going in that range i would definitely snap them up in an instant too! but i keep searching the design forums and i can’t, so i guess to anyone who tells me there’s lots of good artists who can’t get a good price for designs on aywas… i have to ask where are their shops???? i am a willing buyer.