Lemme tell ya, art is a hard way to make a living. If you don’t have a regular gig, you gotta keep hunting for jobs, often on comic and art forums . One bloated impediment is low-balling. You can see some sickening examples, like people offering $10 per comic page.
The thing is that it’s not just the employers! Plenty of artists, some quite skilled, undercut each other to brutal lows. It’s bad news for everyone, even the employers. Hiring those ‘nickel artists’ often results in them flaking out because they can’t get enough money to pay the bills.
As I’m finding, it takes some guts to quote fees high enough to live by and just accept that you’ll be passed over for some jobs. (Then again, if they don’t provide enough money, what good are they anyway?)