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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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: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
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
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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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
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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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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: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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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you are^^
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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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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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muntant-freaks-alive Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
how would we make a request commission button?
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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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xSpickeyx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
How can you look up commissions when they dissapear of the coresponces?
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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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xSpickeyx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
!!!thank you a lot :D
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:iconmangafeline:
MangaFeline Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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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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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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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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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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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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MoonlightPup Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep basically.
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GizmoTheDragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks a lot! ^.=.^
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MoonlightPup Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome hun.^^
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:iconsword-wielding-gamer:
Sword-wielding-gamer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the Commission availability? I can't find it on my profile.
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:iconambersunshine2001:
Ambersunshine2001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Go into 'Edit Page/profile' and at the bottom click the blue(I think)'Show all' and It should be in there, though you probably found it by now ^^'
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Sword-wielding-gamer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't actually. Thanks!
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:iconambersunshine2001:
Ambersunshine2001 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^^
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:iconxangelfeatherx:
XAngelFeatherX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to have the browse commissions thing available, where has it gone off to? I can't find it :/
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:iconwhitewolfdreamer27:
whitewolfdreamer27 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I use this widget for Points Only commissions?
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:iconmarisuka:
marisuka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
"As an artist, upon accepting a Commission request, the earnings will be deposited into your My Earnings account. At this point they will be held in Clearing for 14 days to permit a review of the transaction. After the 14 day period, when approved, you may withdraw your earnings via PayPal, Check, or as deviantART Points. See your My Earnings account for additional information on these options." i don't understand... Sweating a little... what happens after 14 days? am i supposed to start on the commission right now? or in 14 days? also: when do i receive the points?
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:iconmelo3001:
melo3001 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014

How do I deliver commissions to the requester? 
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:iconstorm-engineer:
Storm-Engineer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a shame you can't have modular prices or options with extra fees. In this current form this widget is completely useless to me because my prices depend on some options, and I can't make 600 commission widgets just to make up for each possible combination...
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Shradis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you still keep the art im new at this
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:iconmuseterra:
MuseTerra Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2014
Do I need a PayPal or other such account if I'm just selling for points?
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:iconspectoral:
Spectoral Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no
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MuseTerra Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Thanks
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:iconfoxieskylar:
FoxieSkylar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do i put a picture of my art there?
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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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:iconrainvine:
rainvine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   Filmographer
yay!
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:iconmalesamuraielf:
MaleSamuraiElf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I deliver commissions to the requester?
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:iconturnfreefaiiinq:
turnfreefaIIinq Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Um, exactly how do you remove commissions from the commissions list?
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:iconstarrycozmo:
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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sakpalamey Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are commissions only for digital work?
How can I make points by offering traditional art, watercolor art for commission?

I did not understand the procedure. Can anyone help?
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:iconiedasb:
iedasb Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's for anything you want
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:iconsakpalamey:
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good. Understood.
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RoselleandElaine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
How do I find artists who will do requests instead of commissions for those who don't have points.
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Taki-ta Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do requests for free. Although a watch+Fav is highly appreciated. :) I'm new to dA but if you like my work, you're free to request and I'll try my best to please you.
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Showlover Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why do you want artists who will do requests instead of commissions?
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