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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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:iconyouronlydrpepper:
YourOnlyDrPepper Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  New Deviant Student
Am I the only one that set up commissions but there is the request commission but on any of the commission things? Can someone please help me with that?
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:iconderahex:
Derahex Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
4 years and still in beta! Good job team!
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:iconmlp-second-star:
MLP-Second-Star Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When you put the widget on your page, are you requesting a commission or saying others can request a commission?
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:iconwolffang75:
Wolffang75 Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure it says others can request a commission.
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:iconmlp-second-star:
MLP-Second-Star Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
k thanks!
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:iconwolffang75:
Wolffang75 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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:iconnightshadowmlp:
nightshadowmlp Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Where do you find the commission widget now?
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:iconrebelwinxgirl:
RebelWinxGirl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
step 2 isn't working right.
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:iconkittenprince55:
KittenPrince55 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
How the heck do I edit/delete a commission??? 
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:iconkitty-nirion666:
Kitty-Nirion666 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
How do you add a thumbnail to a commission??
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:iconbbcowmilker7053:
BBCowMilker7053 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When it says public, does it mean friends or deviantart-wide? I just set up a commision deal.
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:iconxseriinthesaltybeanx:
xSeriinTheSaltyBeanx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
How do you add a picture onto the description tho?
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:iconarticuno111:
articuno111 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when someone reqwuests a commision where doe's the artsit send it to?
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:iconlevelup331:
Levelup331 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
That sounds interesting. If I do accept DA commissions, I'll convert them to points.
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:iconanimegeekfreek24:
animegeekfreek24 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, that helps but I'm still confused on how to send commissions, are these prints or digital art
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:iconpablobellas:
Pablobellas Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2016
So you want take 20% from artist. Ene o  NO thanks.
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:iconlogin4donald:
login4donald Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's a bit much but when you consider competitor sites like PayPal (3-8%), Square (2.5-3.0%) and etc. They're used for much more transactions outside of art so they can afford it take lower cuts to keep the service up. 20% is okay imo because as I once was an app developer Google and Apple take ~30% of revenue you earn, so it's lower compared to other industry standards which are usually a 30/70 split. While it is a lot for "deviantart", as someone who's done work on other platforms, it's ~33% cheaper.
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:iconpablobellas:
Pablobellas Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
I  sell art on etsy and I get 97% free for me, i pay the website service of course (20 cents per listing each 3 months) but well... 20 cents each 3 months isnt 20% for a simple APP and well, i dont check it but, you need subscription for the APP? (thats can turn hilarous).
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:iconlogin4donald:
login4donald Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No I mean every time a transaction or micro-transaction is made or rather every time you cash on your earnings, Apple/Google gets 30%. Just how deviantart Commissions would take 20% every sale, Apple and Google would get 30% for every sale or total earnings.
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:iconpablobellas:
Pablobellas Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2016
I have 6213 sells right now on etsy, every time 3% of total earnings. I dont have planned pay 20% for use an APP.  They check how the artist take commission for free (not true, they get cash with spam, prints and montly/year subscription) and now they want a piece of cake. Just hilarious. 

Apple and google dont "get commisions for your commisions"... they have a shop and they take commision for use their shop. This is a simple APP not a shop. Its ok include it in the monthly subscription but take 20% from artist is just hilarious... I need to pay 20% to DA and 21% extra too for the transaction because theyre not a shop and for do that, i need to log the IP for each customer and the name/direction/country for send it in my monthly report. Its more complicated that check prize in google/apple store, is about they cant have this in Europe... its 100% ilegal.
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:iconirrevenant:
irrevenant Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
Is there a master index somewhere of artists offering commissions?
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:icona3skales123:
a3skales123 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This really helped me understand what Commisions are. Thank you.
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:iconreplikia:
Replikia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to ask if I can set a price as money instead of point?
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DiamondTheVocaloid-P Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does it cost money when you selling commissions?
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gittykitty264 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm new to commissions, and I've just opened up one but I can't for the life of me seem to find the "Limit (optional)" slot box.  It's just not there for me.  Is there something I'm doing wrong?  Thanks in advance :)
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:iconshagirma:
Shagirma Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So basically we "earn" points by doing these? I already did one but I didn't earn anything :/
Am I doing something wrong
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:iconshagirma:
Shagirma Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh shit nevermind i got it now xD
I need to wait a week 
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:iconstarspark-22:
StarSpark-22 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the stupid question- but can you do this with only earning points rather than money?
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:icontanninghides:
tanninghides Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016   Digital Artist
you make points and then cash them in here: www.deviantart.com/account/ear… i'm pretty sure
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:iconpolarized-wolf:
Polarized-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I open a commission?
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:iconjustachildatheart:
JustAChildAtHeart Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2016  Student General Artist
I believe if you edit your profile, you can add the Commission widget. It's invisible until you add a commission. 

(Don't judge for anything wrong. I am using an IPad generation 1. Slow.)
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:iconcrescent3wing:
Crescent3Wing Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm not sure how to add a commission in the first place either. Do you know?
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:iconjustachildatheart:
JustAChildAtHeart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Student General Artist
I did. And forgot. XD

Don't think I would be using it unless I tell my classmates and friends 'bout it anyways.
Broke my tablet with water in a month or so. Clumsy is not cute but annoying as hello.
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:iconpatriot029:
patriot029 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What if you want the commission to be paid with paypal?
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:iconeverlyxaelle:
EverlyXaelle Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, but I 'm kinda new to dA, and so how exactly do I set up the widgets? Thank you!!~ =v=
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Fnafdoodle Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I can help you with the widgets! 
If you wanna set up the widgets, follow these thing:

1. Go to your own page
2. On the upper right corner there is "Edit Page" button (click it) 
3. And then you watch what you want to put on your profile. (You can move widgets by clicking and dragging them and add them by going over "Add this widget" button)
But remember you can't get all the widgets because you don't have Core Membership! 

I hope this was helpful! :3
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:iconeverlyxaelle:
EverlyXaelle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!w00t! 
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:iconfnafdoodle:
Fnafdoodle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np! :D
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:iconkammons:
KAmmons Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016   General Artist
Thanks for the info, danlev
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:icongalaxylill:
Galaxylill Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where is the comissions widget?
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:iconvanishedk:
VanishedK Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think if you edit your profile and the then the part where you add widgets.
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:icongalaxylill:
Galaxylill Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok thanks
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:iconhikarihda:
HIKARIHDA Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So... When i accept i automatically get the points? and it says how to deliver it?
-Sorry my english is not pretty good-
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:iconvanishedk:
VanishedK Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you dont. you get the points in 2 weeks after youve accepted it and during that time you work on your commission.
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:icongoddessofownage:
goddessofownage Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So if the two weeks are up and you are done with the commission. How do you deliver it to the client?
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:iconvanishedk:
VanishedK Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As I do it, when the client has payed through the commission widget, I start working on the order and often before the 2 weeks has passed, I deliver it (has never happened to me that someone has scammed and I don't think it's possible to undo) and after the 2 weeks has passed, I get the money (from DA) :D
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:icongoddessofownage:
goddessofownage Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay but how do we deliver. Through the commission widget?
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:iconvanishedk:
VanishedK Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I upload the finished work to sta.sh, copy the link and send the client a note with the link ^^
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:icongoddessofownage:
goddessofownage Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok I'll keep this in mind
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:iconqueen-of-flowers:
Queen-of-Flowers Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Student General Artist
This might be a silly question, but do you have to turn points into money each time you get a commission, or can you let points build up from multiple commissions before you convert them? 
Sorry if this should be obvious; I just want to make sure that I completely understand!
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