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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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CJKitty12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is what I want to know! Have you found out what you're supposed to do? I'm still uncertain!
screamingsnake Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, kind of ^^ You just upload it and say "commission for..." and tag who requested it in the description. I've done a few and I've had no problems so far with this method. ^^
CJKitty12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see, thanks very much! It's very confusing when you're just starting out! 

Thanks for your help! :D
screamingsnake Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I were in the same situation until some time ago, then I decided to just go for it and I realized it was much easier than I expected. ^^
CJKitty12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice! I feel a lot better about it now!
CattBite Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can I search for commissions on the front page? I was able to do that before, but I can't seem to do it now.
Everen1999 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Thanks for the manual!
Im fairly new to commissions guys, please support me if you guys can :3
thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
80% um yeah I think I'll stick with paypal, no bloody way am I letting you greedy buggers have money I intend to go to the artist, Skype, fa and da notes
Or even the old bargaining, amazon voucher ect but giving you 20% or feck all no way, not a chance in hell. To be honest they only time I see someone using this is if they don't know how much your taking from the artist 
Hell they would be better to say look, take 20% of and I'll pay pal you it. 
not to mention if something went wrong it looks to me like the refuned would be 20% off
And hell 20% with more to come, how about little now and as you improve it slowly raise it too 20, who do you think you are rockstar games? Because they pull cons like this
Sewersnake1111 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I show art on there?
Kartik786 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Suppose I put something for display in commissions bar, and people can see it...
then, if someone wants to order it, will the pay me???
Or do I require someone to ask me for a commission, and only then I get to upload that particular commission in the commission bar???
please tell...
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