Monday, March 16, 2015

In the beginning and commission painting

So this is my first post in what will hopefully be a daily occurrence. I start a new job today and I'm sitting in my car testing out the blog app. I've done blogs in the past to supplement my main platform of communication, my YouTube channel thesustainablecenter. But this time I do plan to stick with it as I'll be in the office all day every day with an hour commute each way. But unlike other blog intros I'm actually going to discuss a topic you actually care about, commission painting. 

I've gone through various opinions on the subject as my life has changed and become busier. Now that I will be away from the house nearly 12 hours every day 5 days a week I've reached a point that yes, I have far more money than time and would like to get everything I own painted, but not by me. The issue becomes the business of commission painting. 

As a college educated and employed  businessman I look at many of the hobbies I partake in from the sellers perspective.  I analyze GW, the providers of my salt water aquarium equipment/livestock, and commission painters. The three big wastes of money in my life as most outside the hobby would say. But I use my knowledge to justify the costs of the hobby by looking at the costs to run the business. For example a $40 tang (that's a marine fish) may seem very expensive to someone whose only bought $1-2 goldfish. But then I'll explain they paid someone living near a tropical reef to go down with a device (usually some kind of suction device) to catch that fish off the reef. Do u know how hard it is to catch a fish in the ocean? Especially a reef with untold hiding holes! They then have to fly that fish to a distributor, without killing it. Then it either goes on another journey to a local store or into a tank where it waits to be bought online and then overnighted to its buyer. Ya amazing they make a profit at all (quantity business with lots of accepted dead loss). But how does that stack up to a commission painter?

Well for me I cannot go diving for my saltwater fish, I have to buy them. I can paint my own models, and I have all the paints, brushes, and skill to make a good, not great, but good looking mini. So the issue lies in me not having the time to do it. Or in me not wanting to use the little free time I have to paint minis (I'd rather play war thunder ATM) so it comes down to price per hour or mini. Issue is that painting a figure quickly and or to a high level is a skilled labor profession. And like all skilled labor it isn't cheap. But no one wants to pay a fair wage for someone to paint there minis. That includes me. Nor do I want to pay for a cheaper quality of work that I could do on my own if I had the will to do it. So I'm looking for an above tabletop job on each mini but at a price that has the painter working for min wage at best.

This isn't just me with this attitude, lots of people feel that way. Hence why the burnout rate on painters and abandoned projects, stolen goods, and generally bad stuff happens in the industry. So I'm stuck with doing it myself, paying way more than I want, or paying what I want but getting a job done that I could duplicate. All scenarios suck! But what's your take on the matter?