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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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SpiritWolfTigress Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have to use the widget are can you just put commission on your pictures?
UzumakiFr3xer Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how to put image
anelebiscarra Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Quick question: Are we allowed to make commissions based on fan art? For example, a buyer asks me to create a Harry Potter poster for his profile or he asks me to draw a Walking Dead character in my style. Is this against deviantArt policy?
KKKaaatttiiieee Mar 13, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
No it is not.
KuroMokonaChan Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How would an artist "deliver" a digital art commission? Through email? Or just post it on here? 
batmangenisis Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This may be a dumb question...but by "deliver"...does that mean I must physically sent the original, drawn work to the buyer via address...or just post it on here for them to electronically have?
gokugx1 Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm asking the same question -_-
BigDream64 Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Someone gave me a commission to do. The cost was 100 points, but the amount I got from that user was 80. What's going on?
gokugx1 Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we covert the points into $$
BigDream64 Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't think so... I think you need paypal or something...
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