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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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:iconsoyatleid:
soyatleid Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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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:iconlulu19800:
Lulu19800 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no its okay ^^;, im kinda broke on :points: since I spent to much
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
That's not how it works~
An artist opens a commission, and you can request it from them.
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Requests are free.
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
If you're still interested, I do cheap commissions :p
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:iconthecolorfulgeek123:
TheColorfulGeek123 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Have the other deviant send you the points.
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:iconskullabaez:
skullabaez Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Instantly.
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:iconprincessheavenly15:
PrincessHeavenly15 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope this will help when I'll start doing so.
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:iconthecolorfulgeek123:
TheColorfulGeek123 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long does it take for a commission to reach your
messages?
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:iconacclivius:
Acclivius Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I guessed as much.  I'm fine with doing that.
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:iconinsacove:
Insacove Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Digital Artist
You could, but you'd have to do the shipping yourself.
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:iconkuruumi:
Kuruumi 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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: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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:iconaleshathekitty:
AleshaTheKitty Featured By Owner May 5, 2015   Filmographer
Okie! ^^
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:iconaprizona:
Aprizona Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional 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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:iconvanessathesbald:
VanessaThesbald Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope.
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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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:icon27157:
27157 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how do we deliver the commission
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:iconblueoriontiger:
Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As of now, have it uploaded to sta.sh or your gallery. When you mouse over the description, a window will pop up on the side with thumnails of your sta.sh or deviation. Just click and navigate till you find the one you want, then click and drag over to where the pictures are on the top. Hope that helps.
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:iconlulu19800:
Lulu19800 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ic ic, but htank you for your time anyway ^^
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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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:iconlulu19800:
Lulu19800 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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: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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:iconlulu19800:
Lulu19800 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
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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:iconlulu19800:
Lulu19800 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
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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:iconlulu19800:
Lulu19800 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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:iconfantastgirl352:
FantastGirl352 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So its the as a request
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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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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you are^^
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:iconartistandreea98:
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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: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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:iconwolf2410:
wolf2410 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright,I've got the widget.Now HOW do I make my commissions available to others!?It says the widget has no options when I try to edit it.I mean really.
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:iconmangafeline:
MangaFeline Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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:iconxspickeyx:
xSpickeyx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
!!!thank you a lot :D
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:iconmangafeline:
MangaFeline Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you accidentally delete the correspondence message, you can find it again by hovering over "MORE", clicking "Correspondence", then if you look at the little menu on the left, there will be an option titled "Commissions". There, all your commission widget correspondences will be there, even ones you already "accepted", "declined", or removed from your inbox.
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:iconmuntant-freaks-alive:
muntant-freaks-alive Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
how would we make a request commission button?
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:iconmoonlightpup:
MoonlightPup Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome hun.^^
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:icongizmothedragon:
GizmoTheDragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks a lot! ^.=.^
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:iconmoonlightpup:
MoonlightPup Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep basically.
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:icongizmothedragon:
GizmoTheDragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
$10.00 or 800 from a 1000-point commission.
So it's only deducted if you get your pay in points?
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:iconmoonlightpup:
MoonlightPup Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No it's not a fee, if you use the widget, 

Commissioner, pays for a 1000 point peice. Commissioned, gets 20% deducted of what you commissioned for. so they get 10.00 or 800 points
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:iconxxredxmistxx:
xXRedXMistXx Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suggest not deleting them at all, and move them into a folder to get them out of the way (It removes the notification saying you have a message, but you can still access it)
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:iconafyaoc:
AfyaOC Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Where are the rules for this?
it's been unclear for a lot of deviantart artists and lots of them finish by getting their
commission widget removed for "fraud" when they were selling art with it.

In all the rules, in all DA TOS,
there is nowhere to know about this precise thing and this widget isn't user friendly at all!

We can sell for 25 :points: but what are we allowed or not to sell?
Or maybe there is a amount of money we can't reach?
for me it's really a form of trap many fell for, because they came to trust it.
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:iconxspickeyx:
xSpickeyx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
How can you look up commissions when they dissapear of the coresponces?
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:iconrociozero:
RocioZero Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's just one thing I don't get. dA takes that 20% no matter the total amount? I mean, if I charge 10 points for a commission, I receive 8? Or this applies only since a certain amount?
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:icongizmothedragon:
GizmoTheDragon Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My parents and I are very confused. They think that there's a tax whenever you earn points or real currency via commissions. Is the 20% fee this "tax"?
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:iconambersunshine2001:
Ambersunshine2001 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^^
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