How Much Do VTuber Models Cost?

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of commissioning an artist is: how much do VTuber models cost? If you are here to get an answer to this question, you’ve come to the right place!

But first, you need to know that there are multiple types of VTuber models, each with a different price range. Let’s discuss these types and then go over price range for each kind of VTuber model.

how much do vtuber models cost

What’s a Vtuber Model?

A VTuber model is a virtual animated character model that VTubers or streamers use to stream instead of revealing their faces. They capture real-time motion to move their animated characters while streaming.

They are able to move the body of their VTuber avatar and show some facial expressions using motion capture. Sometimes VTubers also use hotkey binds to make the VTuber model behave in a certain way, e.g., sticking the VTuber model’s tongue out by pressing a button.

Typically, the more the VTuber model is detailed or life-like, the more expensive it is. 

Types Of VTuber Model

There are three basic types of VTuber models listed below:

PNG VTuber Model

PNG VTuber model example
PNG VTuber model example

The PNG VTuber model is as basic as it gets. All you need are two images of your VTuber model that you can either draw yourself or commission an artist to do so. One PNG image should be of your VTuber model with its mouth closed and another with its mouth open.

Then, by using a free program like Discord, animate your images by toggling between your VTuber model’s mouth being open and closed to give the illusion of your VTuber model talking. VOILA! You are a PNG VTuber now.

Although it gets boring for both the viewers and the VTuber themselves, I highly recommend using the PNG VTuber model when starting your VTuber career. The reason is that it’s effortless to set up and the cheapest method to test the waters. And you can always upgrade later!

2D VTuber Model

2D VTuber character being made in Live 2D Cubism
2D VTuber character being made in Live 2D Cubism

If you are looking to have an anime-based VTuber model, a 2D VTuber model should be your pick. Just like a PNG VTuber model, the 2D model is first illustrated in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator, then rigged by using software like Live 2D Cubism.

Most of the most famous VTubers you watch, like Ironmouse or VTubers from popular agencies like Nijisanji, Hololive, or VShojo, use 2D VTuber models. You can make your own 2D VTuber model, but I would highly recommend going the other route and commissioning the artist, as you should focus on learning to be a VTuber.

3D VTuber Model

Now there are two types of 3D VTuber models, each with different price brackets. These types are listed and explained below:

3D VTuber Model With Pre-Made Base
3D VTuber model with pre-made base being created in VRoid Studio
3D VTuber model with pre-made base being created in VRoid Studio

Using a program like VRoid Studio that has pre-made VTuber model bases, you can customize them and quickly make and rig a 3D VTuber model with minimal effort. These VTuber models, however, look generic, and you might find another VTuber with a similar model as yours.

Custom 3D VTuber Model
Custom 3D model being made in Blender
Custom 3D model being made in Blender

The Custom 3D VTuber models are made from scratch and require hundreds of hours of work. You can have it made according to your liking and add custom expressions and movements to it. The custom 3D VTuber model is the most high-end option.

How Much Do VTuber Models Cost?

Now that the explanation of the types of VTuber models is out of the way, we can finally discuss how much each type of VTuber model costs.

PNG VTuber Model

The PNG VTuber model is the cheapest way of getting into VTubing. It’s basically free if you use royalty-free images or draw them yourself. However, if you commission an artist for an illustration, it might cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 for a PNG VTuber model.

2D VTuber Model Cost

The 2D VTuber model can cost you a lot, based on the details you want. It would depend on what size of VTuber model you want. There are three different sizes when it comes to a 2D VTuber model:

  • Bust (from the chest and above)
  • Half body
  • Full body

The more body you want to be illustrated and rigged, the more you will have to pay.

Generally, a 2D VTuber model will set you back anywhere from around $300 to a whopping $8,000. So yeah, you need to be loaded to get yourself a custom-made 2D VTuber model.

3D VTuber Model With Pre-Made Base Cost

A 3D VTuber model with a pre-made base won’t cost you much, as it’s a mid-range VTuber model. It will cost you anywhere from $50 to $700.

Custom 3D VTuber Model Cost

A custom-made 3D VTuber model is an entirely different story than one with a pre-made base. Depending on the complexity and details you want and the artist’s fame, a good custom 3D VTuber model will cost you from $1,000 to a whopping $15,000. So yeah, you’ll need to sell your kidney on eBay to afford a custom-made 3D VTuber model.

Where To Commission A VTuber Model

There are several ways to commission an artist for a VTuber model. The main question is, how deep is your pocket?

We did a great guide on “how and where to commission a VTuber model,” where we discussed this topic in detail. There are some great tips and a list of cool artists for each type of VTuber model. So, be sure to check that out.

What’s Next For Your VTubing Career?

Now that you know how much a VTuber model costs, it’s time for you to decide whether you want to make a VTuber model yourself or commission an artist to make it for you. Personally, as I said before, I feel that you should leave that job to a specialist and focus on what you are good at.

Once you’ve decided on your path regarding the VTuber model, you’ll need a character reference sheet to make the job easier for yourself or the artist you are commissioning.

VTuber Character Reference Sheet Sample
VTuber Character Reference Sheet Sample

If you decide on making a VTuber model, we have a guide on that, so do check that out!

Once you get a VTuber model, it’s time to start streaming. But wait! What platform will you stream on? Which one is better for you as a VTuber? YouTube, Twitch, or TikTok?

Stay tuned to find that out!

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