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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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, via PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.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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:iconkaattiieee:
Kaattiieee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you cancel a commission once the person has accepted it. We both want it canceled and we don't know how! :(
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Jellymii Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Oh, I'm sorry, but I don't know this! I guess not, but you could try talking with the commissioned person to cancel his work and return the points or something? /:
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Kaattiieee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm...
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CDiscord Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably way early to ask, but I shall anyway for the sake of putting it out there; when will the 'Commissions' button, that leads to the commission shop page, be added to the DA menu? As in, the drop-down where deviants can access everything from the FAQ to Random Deviant Pages, critiqueable artworks, the chat, etc?
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Colorpaletpony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So is like people paying you to make requested artwork?
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CDiscord Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Request = Artist(s) drawing things for free.

Commission = Artist(s) drawing things for money.

Points = dA money.

Hopes this helps :XD: Nice avi btw. yay ponies :dummy:
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II-edison-II Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am still confused.
Blonde/Aspergers moment here...
Um so do I pay them for drawing it or is it that they give me points because they've drawn it?
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:iconghostyraptor:
GhostyRaptor Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When you commission someone, you pay them to draw something for you.
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II-edison-II Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay. Thanks :)
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:iconghostyraptor:
GhostyRaptor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :3
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