This is a great thread thanks sensible_coder for asking and thanks Erikari and warmanw for your responses.
Out of curiosity, what is the average amount of time it takes to make an animation? Or to make several animations for one character? I know that's a bit of a tough question to answer since it can vary so greatly based on the complexity of the character and animations, but just a very general ballpark would be very helpful, something like the 10-30 estimate warmanw gave above.
Also, have either of you ever done a contract for a length of time instead of on a per-animation basis? For example, a fixed X amount for 6 months of work at 40 hours a week or something like that?
I ask because our current game project is going to need a second artist at some point, and we're thinking the most helpful thing would be to hire an experienced Spine animator to help with animations so our current artist can focus on the 2D and 3D art for world & characters. Trying to figure out a very rough price estimate, which is why this thread is so helpful