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Introducing Commissions on deviantART

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 4:08 PM
Generate real earnings through custom creations


1. List Commission availability on your profile

The Commissions Widget showcases your offerings, showing potential clients that you are accepting requests.


2. Client request Commissions

Commission requests are sent to the artist's Message Center, allowing them to accept or reject the request.


3. You receive payment, you deliver artwork

Artists can track their Commission transactions and generate real profit through My Earnings, garnering 80% royalty on each transaction. Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.


My Correspondence

The new My Correspondence page gives you access to all of your correspondence messages, including Commissions and Group requests. Comments and replies can also be left on accepted commission requests, for a more convenient experience for buyer and seller alike.


The 80% Royalty, Explained

DeviantART offers one of the few places on the Internet with millions of visitors interested only in the incredible depth and breadth of artforms presented by our deviants. And, the truth is, it costs money to run the site. The Commissions Widget alone required building a number of new technologies, as well as harnessing and tweaking existing features to work with the new changes. The 20% fee we charge helps build and maintain everything that's involved -- and there is more to come on this feature.

We're considering tiered fees in the future for people who reach monthly sales levels, and for Premium Members, but we'd like to see this spread onto the site before making those changes so we can accurately project where the breaks for the different levels should be placed. Anyone who chooses to use the widget will be providing us valuable insight and data that we will use to mold the future of the widget and the forthcoming Portal/search ability that will allow people to browse and discover artists who are offering commissions. For those who don't see the value in the widget, deviants still have the ability to provide commissions via the same methods they've always had.



Frequently Asked Questions


Coming Soon: Browse and discover artists who are currently offering Commissions.

We're excited to announce Commissions on deviantART, allowing artists to generate real earnings through custom creations.
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:iconruak:
Ruak Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
this is so helpful.
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:iconmummers123:
Mummers123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
So... Can I only sell digital art, or...
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:iconarxcanis:
ArxCanis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
This may seem like a silly question, but I cannot for the life of me find where to browse open commissions. How do I get to this page? I know it exists (or existed) as I've been on it before. Have they taken it down? 
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GayGhoul Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
I don't know if you still need help with this, but here's a link www.deviantart.com/commissions…
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:iconarxcanis:
ArxCanis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
Thanks much! owo 
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:icongayghoul:
GayGhoul Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
No problem~! ^^
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:icongummiesharks:
gummiesharks Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Is there still an 80% Royalty as of 2015
I need to make sure this is up to date since it hasn't be touched since 2013
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:iconchicadj45:
ChicaDj45 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Look, I'm new here, but I have a lot to offer! How do I list commission availability?
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ChicaDj45 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
OK... look I'm new here, but I have alot to offer. How do I offer commission availability? 
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:iconchicadj45:
ChicaDj45 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
a lot*
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nyancat1439 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If I have multiple commissions at once, and I've accepted them all, and just say they're all from the same person, how can I check what he has commissioned me to do? 
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:iconxingese-artist:
xingese-artist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
If the commission is payed in points does the artist need to MAIL it to the person, or can the artist post it online with the customer tagged?
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:iconqueenb924:
QueenB924 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I might want to do this but, i'm scared. What if they aren't happy with the piece? What if nobody wants any?
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:iconmeowxdwild:
Meowxdwild Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a person wouldn't commission you unless they are sure you are able to provide them the piece that they want. you can let them have a look at what your commissions will look like by showing them some samples! then people can decide whether to commission you or not :) if they aren't happy with the piece after commissioning you, then you can do a refund. simple :D 

hmm, if no one wants any, then see what you can do to improve. to get a commission is already an accomplishment for a artist - its already something to be happy about (by my standards anyway haha). if you don't get one, its okay! keep working hard and one day, someone will commission you~ > w o it's only a matter of time, no worries!

oo, and if you have any more questions about commissions, go and check out the profile pages of commission-savvy artists on dA. you can see very clearly what commissioning is all about there :3 
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So if I commissioned an artist to make me an art piece and he finished it, I know that artist can display the commission in HIS gallery, but can I display the commission in MY gallery since I paid for it? And if so, how?
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:iconraysrays:
RaysRays Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Some people do like to submit their commission in a submission to their own gallery as if your were uploading an original piece, but they give credit in the description and usually have permission from the person they commissioned. (so much ‘ission’ lol)
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, I wanted to know this for future commission plans of mine.
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:iconraysrays:
RaysRays Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
no problem, good luck c:
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:iconsoyatleid:
soyatleid Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have a problem bc i haven't a "Limit" and doesn't show me a "Request Commission" button so what i do wrong ?
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:iconprincessheavenly15:
PrincessHeavenly15 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope this will help when I'll start doing so.
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:iconthecolorfulgeek123:
TheColorfulGeek123 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long does it take for a commission to reach your
messages?
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Instantly.
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:iconthecolorfulgeek123:
TheColorfulGeek123 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconcanttel:
canttel Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
okkkk so is this how i sell adoptables..? (lol) because i made adoptables and i rlly wanna know how to get points outta them....
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Have the other deviant send you the points.
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:iconaprizona:
Aprizona Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Question: When I open commissions, will the person who payed get the original artwork (when it comes to traditional art)? Or what do they get then? 
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:iconkid-nii:
kid-nii Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It depends on you (the artist) actually. Many commissioners ask for the real piece (traditional) but they usually have to pay extra fees for shipping XD So, if you're fine with giving away the original piece then you can (by asking them to pay extra ofc), or if you don't,  just keep it with you~
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:iconalaskasnow16:
AlaskaSnow16 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is shipping?
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:iconkid-nii:
kid-nii Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shipping means, delivery charges. if you live in the US and your commissoner lives in some other part of the world, it would take some amount of money for the delivery of the artwork. that's what 'shipping' refers to~
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:iconaleshathekitty:
AleshaTheKitty Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015   Filmographer
Do you have to be a premium member?
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:iconvanessathesbald:
VanessaThesbald Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope.
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:iconaleshathekitty:
AleshaTheKitty Featured By Owner May 5, 2015   Filmographer
Okie! ^^
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:icon27157:
27157 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how do we deliver the commission
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:iconjinx-ix:
Jinx-ix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question, once the artist has finished the commision, does it become the person who payed for its' artwork? I don't get the concept of commisons, is it just to draw it for the person who requested it and nothing else?
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:iconkgbm:
kgbm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you commission an artist, they draw what you want them to draw, but they still own the piece, it is their work, and their intellectual property. You pay them for drawing what you want to see, but you dont own the rights to the work.
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:iconjinx-ix:
Jinx-ix Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but is the person who payed for it allowed to use the artwork?
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:iconkgbm:
kgbm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it depends on the agreement the artist and the person commissioning the artist come to.
most artists say that their work can be used for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is given.
(on that note, I have commissions open if you want anything drawing)
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:iconjinx-ix:
Jinx-ix Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure ^^, what are your prices? (sorry thats always the first thing I ask ^^;)
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:iconkgbm:
kgbm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they're on my dA page - just click my name :D (i cant remember the prices offhand - and if the criteria stated in the commissions box thing there doesnt match, go ahead and just click the one closest to what you want and I'll let you know if I can do it once i see it) ^_^
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:iconjinx-ix:
Jinx-ix Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im sorry your prices are too high for me ^^; I only have 90 :points:
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
If you're still interested, I do cheap commissions :p
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:iconkgbm:
kgbm Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, well I hope you can find someone to take your commission (although I would suggest that you get more points when you can, because it's not very likely you'll find someone who can do it at a good quality :/ although some people do take requests)
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FantastGirl352 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So its the as a request
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Requests are free.
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:iconacclivius:
Acclivius Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you sell IRL plush toys through the commission widget?
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:iconinsacove:
Insacove Featured By Owner May 24, 2015   Digital Artist
You could, but you'd have to do the shipping yourself.
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:iconacclivius:
Acclivius Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guessed as much.  I'm fine with doing that.
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ArtistAndreea98 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to ask something, because I'm not sure about it:
If I get points via Commission Requests (stored in My Earnings page) and am willing to turn them into cash (US dollars) via PayPal in the future (after those 14 days), will I be able to do it? (I do not own a PayPal at the moment)
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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student General Artist
you are^^
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:iconbuuvee:
Buuvee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmm, where is the request commission button? Also can my request be seen by all available artists or one specific artist? This is kind of confusing for new members such as me.
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