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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wat kind of artists? digital or traditional?
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.
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?
RoselleandElaine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Commissions cost points. I don't have any points at the moment.
Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why do you want artists who will do requests instead of commissions?
Byakuya-Hisana-Rukia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do I deliver commissions to the requester?
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good. Understood.
iedasb Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's for anything you want
Mismatched-Mavin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Um, exactly how do you remove commissions from the commissions list?
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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