Amazingly low salary offered to former Street Fighter artist

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • October 17, 2011 at 7:32 p.m. PDT
Amazingly low salary offered to former Street Fighter artist Akira Yasuda, better known as Akiman, is a very well regarded illustrator and character designer. He's worked on few games you might have heard about, namely Street Fighter Alpha 2/3, the Street Fighter 3 series, DarkStalkers and Street Fighter 2. He's made some beautiful pieces of artwork over the years, along with creating some prominent characters, but decided to leave Capcom in 2003 to become a freelancer.

With that kind of résumé, you'd think he'd command a pretty good salary, but Enterbrain, the publisher of Japan's biggest game magazine Famitsu, didn't seem to think so.

According to Akiman's blog, Enterbrain offered him 8,000 yen ($103 USD) for six drawings for a game character. If the drawings took two days, that would mean he'd get $50 dollars a day. If they took four days, then he's get $25 a day, and so on.

For those of you who are curious, he did mention what his normal rates are. About 100,000 yen ($1,300 USD) for one drawing, but he added that he would do illustrations as part of a large project for 80,000 yen ($1,000 USD), but that things like the character design fee were not included in that.

While a 92% less offer than you'd normally receive might have been tempting in some other universe, I think it's safe to say Akiman passed on the job.


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