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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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: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 Photographer
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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:iconsilver-banana:
Silver-Banana 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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:iconstarlightnights-713:
StarLightNights-713 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so basically commissions are paid request?
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:iconsilver-banana:
Silver-Banana Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, that's right c:
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:iconstarlightnights-713:
StarLightNights-713 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
okay cool :D
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:iconastrokitty1:
AstroKitty1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
I CANT FIND THE PAGE why cant i finf the page where alllllll the commissions are located... 
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:iconxsweetslayerx:
xSweetSlayerx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Guys seriously tho. Where's the commissions portal?
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:iconapplefern:
AppleFern Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
"The Commissions Shop is down for maintenance
You don't have permission to access this page. Please consult our help library if you need any assistance."

???
How long has it been gone? Is it ever coming back?
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:icontuttaliny:
Tuttaliny Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm so confused, where are the commissions?
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:iconrainekoi:
Rainekoi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I would like to know as well x_x
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:iconklare21:
Klare21 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
what?
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:iconatnalai:
Atnalai Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant find the option to select that I have open commissions...
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
As far as I know, simply listing a commission through the widget alerts all your watchers that your commissions are open.
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:iconatnalai:
Atnalai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where can I find the widget alerts? (im very new to this...)
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
I don't know if there is a place.  Sorry I can't be of much help. XD  All I know is that watchers get a message in the activity notification section.  You wouldn't be able to see it. 
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:iconatnalai:
Atnalai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok! Well thanks anyways!! <3
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
You're welcome. 
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:iconengelszorn:
engelszorn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
My thread in Job Services was closed for bumping and the mod who closed it, gave me a link to Dreamup. That's nice, but reading that such an important portal is down for at least a month, makes the information useless and frankly - it doesn't increase my faith in that service. The only options is the widget for now, which I don't like.

Please update your mods with the info that dreamup is down!
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:iconangelotakuartist:
AngelOtakuArtist Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...does it have to be digital? can it be traditional?
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:iconsilver-banana:
Silver-Banana Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no limit on what kind of commissions you can provide. C:
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:icongayghoul:
GayGhoul Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Is the commissions shop/portal still not fixed?
Is it just gone now?
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:iconbubble-deer:
Bubble-Deer Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why was the commissions portal taken down? I really liked it, and now it will take like half of my day to find a commission for one character.
great...
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:iconlittlewoodlouse:
littlewoodlouse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the commissions portal...?
I really needed to find an artist...
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:iconbanggoeslazor:
BangGoesLazor Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Student General Artist
I can't find the commissions portal :/
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:iconshadowhimesama:
ShadowHimesama Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What ever happened to the commissions portal?? 
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:iconsuper0ninjaness:
Super0Ninjaness Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Ok I'm still confused on the payment portion where it says "Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points" Are you able to choose how you only want to be paid? Then I found this help.deviantart.com/927/ and am not sure what the difference is. Anyone have details on the actual money conversion process for commission selling?
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:iconruak:
Ruak Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
this is so helpful.
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:iconmummers123:
Mummers123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
So... Can I only sell digital art, or...
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:iconshashafury:
Shashafury Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You can sell any type of art ^^
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:iconmummers123:
Mummers123 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh, ok! Thank you!
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:iconarxcanis:
ArxCanis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student General Artist
This may seem like a silly question, but I cannot for the life of me find where to browse open commissions. How do I get to this page? I know it exists (or existed) as I've been on it before. Have they taken it down? 
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:icongayghoul:
GayGhoul Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
I don't know if you still need help with this, but here's a link www.deviantart.com/commissions…
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:iconannaklava:
AnnaKlava Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
404 not found. It's looking like DA removed this.
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:iconarxcanis:
ArxCanis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks much! owo 
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:icongayghoul:
GayGhoul Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
No problem~! ^^
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:icongummiesharks:
gummiesharks Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Is there still an 80% Royalty as of 2015
I need to make sure this is up to date since it hasn't be touched since 2013
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:iconchicadj45:
ChicaDj45 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Look, I'm new here, but I have a lot to offer! How do I list commission availability?
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ChicaDj45 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OK... look I'm new here, but I have alot to offer. How do I offer commission availability? 
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:iconchicadj45:
ChicaDj45 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
a lot*
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:iconnyancat1439:
nyancat1439 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If I have multiple commissions at once, and I've accepted them all, and just say they're all from the same person, how can I check what he has commissioned me to do? 
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:iconxingese-artist:
xingese-artist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
If the commission is payed in points does the artist need to MAIL it to the person, or can the artist post it online with the customer tagged?
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:iconsilver-banana:
Silver-Banana Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If the commission is a physical piece and the customer wants, the artist can mail it for free or for a price, depending on the artist's conditions. The artist can also post it online if a consensus is reached by the customer and the artist.
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:iconqueenb924:
QueenB924 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I might want to do this but, i'm scared. What if they aren't happy with the piece? What if nobody wants any?
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:iconmeowxdwild:
Meowxdwild Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a person wouldn't commission you unless they are sure you are able to provide them the piece that they want. you can let them have a look at what your commissions will look like by showing them some samples! then people can decide whether to commission you or not :) if they aren't happy with the piece after commissioning you, then you can do a refund. simple :D 

hmm, if no one wants any, then see what you can do to improve. to get a commission is already an accomplishment for a artist - its already something to be happy about (by my standards anyway haha). if you don't get one, its okay! keep working hard and one day, someone will commission you~ > w o it's only a matter of time, no worries!

oo, and if you have any more questions about commissions, go and check out the profile pages of commission-savvy artists on dA. you can see very clearly what commissioning is all about there :3 
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So if I commissioned an artist to make me an art piece and he finished it, I know that artist can display the commission in HIS gallery, but can I display the commission in MY gallery since I paid for it? And if so, how?
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:iconraysrays:
RaysRays Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Some people do like to submit their commission in a submission to their own gallery as if your were uploading an original piece, but they give credit in the description and usually have permission from the person they commissioned. (so much ‘ission’ lol)
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