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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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:iconsword-wielding-gamer:
Sword-wielding-gamer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the Commission availability? I can't find it on my profile.
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:iconambersunshine2001:
Ambersunshine2001 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Go into 'Edit Page/profile' and at the bottom click the blue(I think)'Show all' and It should be in there, though you probably found it by now ^^'
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:iconsword-wielding-gamer:
Sword-wielding-gamer Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't actually. Thanks!
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:iconambersunshine2001:
Ambersunshine2001 Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^^
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:iconxangelfeatherx:
XAngelFeatherX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to have the browse commissions thing available, where has it gone off to? I can't find it :/
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:iconwhitewolfdreamer27:
whitewolfdreamer27 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I use this widget for Points Only commissions?
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:iconmarisuka:
marisuka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"As an artist, upon accepting a Commission request, the earnings will be deposited into your My Earnings account. At this point they will be held in Clearing for 14 days to permit a review of the transaction. After the 14 day period, when approved, you may withdraw your earnings via PayPal, Check, or as deviantART Points. See your My Earnings account for additional information on these options." i don't understand... Sweating a little... what happens after 14 days? am i supposed to start on the commission right now? or in 14 days? also: when do i receive the points?
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:iconmelo3001:
melo3001 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014

How do I deliver commissions to the requester? 
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:iconstorm-engineer:
Storm-Engineer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a shame you can't have modular prices or options with extra fees. In this current form this widget is completely useless to me because my prices depend on some options, and I can't make 600 commission widgets just to make up for each possible combination...
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:iconshradis:
Shradis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you still keep the art im new at this
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:iconmuseterra:
MuseTerra Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2014
Do I need a PayPal or other such account if I'm just selling for points?
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:iconspectoral:
Spectoral Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no
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:iconmuseterra:
MuseTerra Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Thanks
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:iconfoxieskylar:
FoxieSkylar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do i put a picture of my art there?
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:iconrainvine:
rainvine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   Filmographer
yay!
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:iconmalesamuraielf:
MaleSamuraiElf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I deliver commissions to the requester?
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:iconmismatched-mavin:
Mismatched-Mavin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Um, exactly how do you remove commissions from the commissions list?
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:iconstarrycozmo:
StarryCozmo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Er, how do we remove commissions from the list?!
It's really confusing and frustrating, and I don't know how to do it.
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:iconsakpalamey:
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are commissions only for digital work?
How can I make points by offering traditional art, watercolor art for commission?

I did not understand the procedure. Can anyone help?
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:iconiedasb:
iedasb Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's for anything you want
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:iconsakpalamey:
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good. Understood.
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:iconroselleandelaine:
RoselleandElaine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
How do I find artists who will do requests instead of commissions for those who don't have points.
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:icontaki-ta:
Taki-ta Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I do requests for free. Although a watch+Fav is highly appreciated. :) I'm new to dA but if you like my work, you're free to request and I'll try my best to please you.
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:iconshowlover:
Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why do you want artists who will do requests instead of commissions?
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:iconroselleandelaine:
RoselleandElaine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Commissions cost points. I don't have any points at the moment.
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:iconshowlover:
Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of requests were you planning to ask for once you find that kind of artist/s?
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:iconroselleandelaine:
RoselleandElaine Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
I'm working on a story that I'm putting on fictinpress. But what I need is a bit of a challenge cause it's original work and not a fanfiction. My characters are 'cursed' and have the ability to shapeshift. I need someone who can draw people and animals(wolves, dragons, kelpies and kitsunes) and I want it in color cause some of the character's animal forms have an unnatural fur color. Its a lot I know but it would be great if somebody was willing to do it. I'd do it myself but I'm better with a camera than a pencil, I can't draw to save my life.
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:iconkayak94:
kayak94 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Artist
I can help with that. Tell me what you want in detail and I'll put it on my list.
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:iconshowlover:
Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wat kind of artists? digital or traditional?
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:icondrawingmango:
Drawingmango Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hey guys i am doing commissions (sketches or lineart/ digital or traditional)
-anime/chibis...what you want
check out for more info: drawingmango.deviantart.com/jo…
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:iconsalsakesh:
salsakesh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
How do I find artists who are accepting commissions? Is there a list somewhere or some way to search the site for them?
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:iconwhitewolfdreamer27:
whitewolfdreamer27 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm offering some commissions here:
whitewolfdreamer27.deviantart.…
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:iconmydolls347:
Mydolls347 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do I get the "request commissions" to my commissions wiget?
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:iconpowerpuffgirllovers:
powerpuffgirllovers Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I been wandering how to find this but I still can't
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:icon2disgod:
2DisGod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a problem, and that makes me sick!
When I agreed to make a commission, then how do I get the points? In earnings, although is that I have received it, but my account still shows me the same amount of
points.
So, how I get these :points: in my account?
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:iconk-lou-scope:
k-lou-scope Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Go to the my earnings page. Click convert to points.
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:iconclara-01:
clara-01 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
When I want to add a Commission Widget, it asks me to add stuff from my gallery. If I have nothing to showcase yet, for I had no request for commissions, thus did none, can I still add the Commission Widget without adding stuff from my gallery?
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:icontaki-ta:
Taki-ta Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yes you can :) and the pictures from gallery are just to show samples. Like suppose you're doing commissions for anime/manga characters, add a few anime/manga character drawings you have in your gallery to show people what you have to offer.
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:iconclara-01:
clara-01 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh okay. Thanks alot!

Happy New Year!
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:icontaki-ta:
Taki-ta Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
No problem and wish you the same! ^^
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:iconmitsu-chiruno:
Mitsu-Chiruno Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
When I was changing the points amount of my commission, on the side it said that was equivalent to 2 dollars or 180 points. So say if I sell one, do I get real money for it or points? Because I need money right now and not points, so I don't wanna be wasting mine and everyone's time and have it turn out I can't earn real money from it.
Anyone get me? x'D
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:iconsubmerged08:
Submerged08 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You get the money. ;3
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:iconmitsu-chiruno:
Mitsu-Chiruno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesomesauce, sankyu :3 ~
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:iconsubmerged08:
Submerged08 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, hope you do well with commissions :meow:
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:iconmitsu-chiruno:
Mitsu-Chiruno Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconscreamingsnake:
screamingsnake Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just one question, when I finish a commission do I just upload it like any other drawing, and tag the one who requested it in the description? I'm new to this kind of stuff. ^^"
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:iconcjkitty12:
CJKitty12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is what I want to know! Have you found out what you're supposed to do? I'm still uncertain!
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:iconscreamingsnake:
screamingsnake Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, kind of ^^ You just upload it and say "commission for..." and tag who requested it in the description. I've done a few and I've had no problems so far with this method. ^^
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:iconcjkitty12:
CJKitty12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see, thanks very much! It's very confusing when you're just starting out! 

Thanks for your help! :D
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:iconscreamingsnake:
screamingsnake Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I were in the same situation until some time ago, then I decided to just go for it and I realized it was much easier than I expected. ^^
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