I hope this is the place to put this, if this is not, please move it to the correct forum =). Thanks.
I would call myself a game-design/programmer and I have been playing with ideas and coding a few prototypes for about a year now. However, I always get depressed when I realized that my game is not going to look good when I want to put them out into the market.
I got past that about a few months ago and I decided to put focus on gameplay and use prototype-art first, and perhaps hire artist or learn in when I am almost done with the coding.
So tl;dr, I would like to know how much I should pay artist if I want to pay for my arts. I don't want to underpay people, because I feel that everyone should be paid properly for the work that they do, but I really have no idea how much I would need for my budget if I were to hire artist(s) for my project.
So here is the some of the things i am curious about
1. Spritesheet for platformer like spelunky (the classic version and the HD version)
2. Isometric spritesheet for games like civilization2/3 and skyward collapse.
3. spritesheet for games like civilization revolution(iphone)
4. icons for various sizes (32x32, 64x64) etc.
I would like to know what is the "market-rate" if there is any and what you personally feel that you want to be paid for. I hope that people are comfortable enough to have a discussion about this.
PS : I am not hiring, just curious about this.
If i am violating any rules, please delete this post ._.