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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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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.
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Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wat kind of artists? digital or traditional?
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Drawingmango Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hey guys i am doing commissions (sketches or lineart/ digital or traditional)
-anime/chibis...what you want
check out for more info: drawingmango.deviantart.com/jo…
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salsakesh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  New member
How do I find artists who are accepting commissions? Is there a list somewhere or some way to search the site for them?
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Mydolls347 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
how do I get the "request commissions" to my commissions wiget?
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powerpuffgirllovers Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I been wandering how to find this but I still can't
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2DisGod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a problem, and that makes me sick!
When I agreed to make a commission, then how do I get the points? In earnings, although is that I have received it, but my account still shows me the same amount of
points.
So, how I get these :points: in my account?
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k-lou-scope Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  New member
Go to the my earnings page. Click convert to points.
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clara-01 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
When I want to add a Commission Widget, it asks me to add stuff from my gallery. If I have nothing to showcase yet, for I had no request for commissions, thus did none, can I still add the Commission Widget without adding stuff from my gallery?
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Mitsu-Chiruno Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
When I was changing the points amount of my commission, on the side it said that was equivalent to 2 dollars or 180 points. So say if I sell one, do I get real money for it or points? Because I need money right now and not points, so I don't wanna be wasting mine and everyone's time and have it turn out I can't earn real money from it.
Anyone get me? x'D
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