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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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:iconpatriot029:
patriot029 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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  New Deviant 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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:iconfnafdoodle:
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  New Deviant 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  New Deviant 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  New Deviant 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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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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I-n-s-a Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Once your buyer sends their points your way, it's automatically converted into the necessary funds. The points actually never make it to your point count because it registers as cash pending for two weeks. :noes:
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xSweetSlayerx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
I think dA closed down the commissions portal because they're trying to discourage people from using it. Why? Because there's a giant loophole where scammers can steal your points.
Since dA can't interfere after 14 days, they're getting all these theft complaints, they can't do anything about it, so now they know that the widget that they've given to the community is being used for criminal acts. They of course don't want to shut it down, but they don't want (certain) people using it either.
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:iconi-n-s-a:
I-n-s-a Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016   Digital Artist
If that's the case, they should take it down entirely. :XD:
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:iconxsweetslayerx:
xSweetSlayerx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
They don't want to because it makes them money.
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:iconi-n-s-a:
I-n-s-a Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Good point. :thumbsup:
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actualbagel Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
danlev, I have a slight problem.

I have 9 commission slots, and they're full, and I want to get rid of them. I cannot find the place to get rid of them anymore, when I used to be able to get rid of commission slots which were full. 
This seems to be a fairly-new bug, can you help me?


Edit: I found out how to fix the bug. 
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:iconkittencity:
kittencity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So is the commissions portal just dead for good now or..
I found some amazing artists through that and it's been months now.
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DaiseyMae Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you help me? I want to make commissions but I don't want to make money off of it. just points what do I do?
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:iconi-n-s-a:
I-n-s-a Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016   Digital Artist
You could create your own information in one of your Journals and set up your Donate widget for people to send their payment that way. :D
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:iconsnowofdestruction:
SnowofDestruction Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
agree for a commission trough notes and have peoplegive you points to your donation pool...
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:iconkewlpony:
Kewlpony Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Is it just me or does it say dAmn it in the menu...
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:iconmochibiki:
Mochibiki Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
How do I start a commission??
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:iconyukiihara:
yukiihara Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
will the commission browser ever return? lmao
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:iconshamy-sheen:
Shamy-sheen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Student General Artist
good , the commission window is only for the people who created their own pay ? or those who hold an account with paypal ?, because I want to have a window of commission to sell my art
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Kewlpony Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
No you do not have to be core to sell commissions, I sell commissions, and I'm not core
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TheOneTrueBadAss Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where is the commission search?
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:iconliyaperfidious:
liyaperfidious Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Is the commission search gone completely and will never return?
I am sad.
._.
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:icondekpi:
Dekpi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where is the commissions search?
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:iconmanti76:
Manti76 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm new to offering commissions.  Could someone please explain Commission Slots? Thanks in advance :)
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:iconxsweetslayerx:
xSweetSlayerx Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
Slots are how many clients you're willing to take at a time.
Like if I wanted to do commissions for 3 people than I would have 3 slots open. You decide who fills those slots.
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:iconmanti76:
Manti76 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I thought so, but wanted to make sure.  Thanks :)
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:iconokanuuki:
Okanuuki Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
danlev Same, where is the commissions search thing? Yesterday I found it but it said it was down for maintenance. ???
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:iconabundancenewmedia:
abundancenewmedia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
How do I get started?
1. I want to search for artists who accept commissions?
2. I cannot find this commissions widget. I want to commission artists.
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:iconkreative-confusion:
Kreative-Confusion Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
how to remove commission options from your widget?  I've reached the 10 option amount and now I can't remove any. 
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:iconreh-star:
Reh-Star Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
when will you add how to brows a comission?
I knew there was something like this before here on dA, but i can't find it anymore D;
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:iconmadelinecg:
MadelineCG Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Deviant Art annulled me a Commission in transaction, why? 
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:iconthunder-jacob-wolfe:
Thunder-Jacob-Wolfe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student General Artist
how do you get the commission button? I can't get it
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:iconwobushi:
WoBuShi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm confused, that means pay points for get money?
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:iconkarinadrz:
KarinaDRZ Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you add pics?
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:iconnorthstar-bae:
NorthStar-Bae Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanna do commisions but Not want the money. So how do I do that
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:iconenirikiu:
Enirikiu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be called a request (also known as free commission). And you can just open a journal saying you will take requests, and draw what commenters request from you.
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StarLightNights-713 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so basically commissions are paid request?
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