Really great posts by Leif Peng over at Today’s Inspiration about Illustrator’s compensation in years past.

Fascinated by this article about Albert Dorne (brilliant illustrator and founder of the Famous Artists School) and how he made $5,000 an illustration and $100,000 a year in the 50’s. If you adjust that for 60 years of inflation that’s $46,000 an illustration and one million dollars a year!

Or anecdotes about Rockwell and his contemporaries negotiating fees in the 20’s. Rockwell was getting $500 per Saturday Evening Post cover in 1924, when the average annual family income was just over $1,000.

Definitely check out both articles, but do yourself a favor and go back and dig through previous posts on the site. So much great info on illustrator’s throughout history. Highest recommendation possible.


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