Rule no.1 of the art community world, my unlearned friend! Don’t publicly state that you’re a tight wad in a place that doesn’t care to hear it!
News flash - I don’t give a flying rat monkey if my prices are ‘ridiculous’ to you. I’m not a starving art student who lacks the dignity to say “fuck you” to a $1/hr going rate for art.
My rates are not ridiculous, I’m not pulling some kind of joke to offend you. You ask for any creative individual in the industry to work for less than minimum wage, and you may get a quite literal boot out of the door. The irony seems to have been wasted on you - the fact that you found my commission information through a link advertising previous commissioned work. That alone should establish that not everyone will agree with you.
So I think I speak for most artists charging more than tuppence for their work, when I tell you to go and royally fuck yourself.