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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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k-lou-scope Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
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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Submerged08 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You get the money. ;3
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Mitsu-Chiruno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesomesauce, sankyu :3 ~
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Submerged08 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, hope you do well with commissions :meow:
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Mitsu-Chiruno Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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screamingsnake Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just one question, when I finish a commission do I just upload it like any other drawing, and tag the one who requested it in the description? I'm new to this kind of stuff. ^^"
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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!
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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. ^^
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