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Commissions on deviantART

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 5:09 PM
The deviantART community is full of talented artists and art appreciators willing to pay for custom artwork. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re launching Commissions on deviantART to all Beta Testers, a feature that connects artists with clients, creating custom artwork in exchange for real earnings. 

Commissions is a Profile Page widget that allows artists to market their talents by advertising what they are available to create. Potential clients can easily send artists a Commission request, which an artist can either accept or reject.

Profits made through the Commissions widget can be withdrawn as real earnings -- through check, PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.



Generate Real Earnings Through Custom Creations

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 10.26.14 AM by wreckling

1. List Commission availability on your profile
The Commissions Widget showcases your offerings, showing potential clients that you are accepting requests. These commission prices are based on 
deviantART Points, are set in increments of 10, and can range from 10 to 4000 Points.

Screen Shot 2012 12 21 At 10 29 04 Am By Haldron-d by wreckling


2. Clients request Commissions
Commission requests are sent to the artist’s Message Center, allowing them accept or reject the request.

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 10.41.13 AM by wreckling

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 Earnings can then be withdrawn as a check, PayPal, or converted to deviantART Points.

Try it out!


All Beta Testers can now install the Commissions widget on their page, so give it a try by heading to your Profile! Installed Commissions widgets are visible to everyone on deviantART, so you can offer your own commissions, and you can request commissions from your fellow artists as well!

Please note: Currently, the Commissions widget can only be installed by Beta Testers, but everyone has the ability to request a Commission from Beta Testers during this testing period.  

If you encounter any bugs or issues, please file them in the #devBUG Issue Tracker under the Commissions project.


Beta Testers, we've just launched a new Commissions widget for Profile Pages that lets you offer commissions directly from your page!
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:iconpinkamena483:
Pinkamena483 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Tried this before, but it won't show the request commissions button????
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:iconaugustsings:
augustsings Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  New member
other people are able to see them, you can't.
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:iconpinkamena483:
Pinkamena483 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, thank you so much ^^
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:iconburlew:
Burlew Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where's the Browse/Search Commissions area gone off to?  I'm having trouble locating it at all.
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:iconlyricanna:
Lyricanna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't find it displayed anywhere myself; luckily my browser history had it =) (Smile) www.deviantart.com/commissions…
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:iconburlew:
Burlew Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, thank you!  I'll have to bookmark that. 
It's a shame it's so hard to get at now, though... anyone who doesn't know about it already won't be able to browse for commissions unless they add it back in somewhere.
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:iconlyricanna:
Lyricanna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It'll probably have a more noticeable place once it's fully launched; as far as I recall, the commission portal is still not open to everyone XD
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:iconkaleidoscopial:
kaleidoscopial Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
How do I search commissions now? I cannot find where to search them with the new interface.
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:iconlyricanna:
Lyricanna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't find it displayed anywhere myself; luckily my browser history had it =) www.deviantart.com/commissions…
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:iconnight-star-onyoutube:
Night-Star-OnYoutube Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason my Commission widget doesn't have the request commissions on it and I don't know why? Can anybody help me please?
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:iconroqqe:
Roqqe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because you cant comission yourself :giggle: but others will see it
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:iconnight-star-onyoutube:
Night-Star-OnYoutube Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok thanks
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:iconroqqe:
Roqqe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome c:
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Spiritwolf120713 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  New member  General Artist
How do I get the points once I finished someones commission? That part always confused me
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:iconfoxieskylar:
FoxieSkylar Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
umm well my friend commissioned me and I don't know the points went in some kind of earnings and I can't get them,I am so confused and sad D:
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014   Writer
Hi there! When someone commissions you, the payment will appear on your Earnings page. After a 14 day clearance period, you'll be able to withdraw them. This clearance period is to ensure that all transactions made are legitimate, so as soon as the 14 days have passed, you'll be able to withdraw. :)
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:iconinsanemollum:
InsaneMollum Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do i give the completed art to the client? 
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014   Writer
You can do so by uploading it to your Gallery or your Sta.sh, and then sending a link to it to the client. :)
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:iconalmightyayama:
AlmightyAyama Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How do I edit already made commissions on the widget? 
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:iconpanda-pencils:
panda-pencils Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
There should be a little pencil icon that you can click on.
Is that what you were wondering?
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:iconalmightyayama:
AlmightyAyama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I did but thats just to add a new commission apparently. 
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:iconpanda-pencils:
panda-pencils Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Oh.
Sorry I couldn't help you then :whoops: 
I hope you solve your problem!
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:iconmmdkaykay:
MMDKayKay Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh Cody Hackins you~ ^^
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:iconjayerror:
jayerror Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
I seem to recall a 'commission portal' on my old account, where you could search all the commissions listed in the widget. I wonder whatever happened to that...
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:iconcolourlessgirl:
ColourlessGirl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
where can you download the widget?
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:iconlr-studios:
LR-Studios Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Interface Designer
It's in your "Edit Page" section.
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:iconcolourlessgirl:
ColourlessGirl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks <3
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:iconmilkido:
Milkido Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student
I have taken many commissions and have completed many commissions to find out that I am not getting the points nor can I withdraw them.
The points have been taken from my commissioners but I do not have them personally. Must they click yes and say that the commission was finished
or am I not going to get the hard worked points?
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:iconkaji-icons:
Kaji-Icons Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boo click the earnings tab near points
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:iconmilkido:
Milkido Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student
this two months ago
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:iconkaji-icons:
Kaji-Icons Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I realised after I commented :I
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:iconbacondoeseverything:
BaconDoesEverything Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, very important questions, I accecpted a commission request, and then drew it, uploaded it blah blah, and he agreed it was done, and he says his points have been deducted, but i havent recieved the points, nor can i convert my earnings to points/check/paypal, and i'm very confused. If someone could help, i'd be very happy.
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:iconcevelr:
Cevelr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same thing has happened to me... have you found a solution? :<
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:iconbacondoeseverything:
BaconDoesEverything Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nooope. there's just acouple of points lost in the void.
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:iconcevelr:
Cevelr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Darrrrnnnn D':
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:iconkittyoftacos:
KittyOfTacos Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Mine won't put request commission on it...
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:iconshawneigh:
Shawneigh Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I deliver the artwork?
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:iconxx-jinouchi-xx:
Xx-Jinouchi-xX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this still just for Bata testers? Because I have the Widget installed and it says I have a commission showing  when I click edit, but when I save it says 'No commissions have been listed yet. This module will be hidden from the public until commissions are added.'.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014   Writer
No, it's available to everyone! Once you've got the widget on your page, edit the widget and click the + button to start setting up a commission. :)
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Xx-Jinouchi-xX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'v done that. And it had a commission listed, but showing it. But now when I added another one it's showing that one but not the first one. So I made a cope of the one not showing and the copy and anything else is showing when I save. So I guess problem solved.
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Sapphirelullaby Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Please everyone remember that by using the commission tab you are granting 20% of your earnings to DeviantART for doing nothing but providing you an additional widget i.e. formatting.

I feel like this article is a little misleading in that it does not making that clear. If I am wrong, feel free to correct me, but thats what I'm seeing here and its really messed up. Paypal, an essential service in the transaction of commission goods, only charges 2%. I know saying anything isn't going to do a goddamn thing but I had to put that out there.
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jayerror Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
It's the same thing with having premium content on your deviations as a way to pay for the transaction with points. (IE, upload watermarked version, pay the price to get high-res unwater-marked, etc.)

Well, I think the best way to 'beat this system'. Is not to use points for your transactions. Paypal only!

I think that this commission widget is organized, though.
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ThistlestarCS Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Sorry new to the commission thing but not to points. So someone ordered a commission from me and I was wondering how to get the points? They said they sent it yet I still haven't recieved it though I can see the transaction in the earnings section...how do I get the points?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014   Writer
Hi there! Earnings made from the Commissions Widget will appear on your Earnings page, which can be accessed from the Shop menu at the top of the site. Your earnings can be withdrawn after a 14 day clearance period. :)
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ThistlestarCS Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok thanks it makes sense now
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:iconrytanny:
rytanny Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I finished a commission and linked it to the one who requested the picture, but do I have to do anything else to confirm that I finished? Like maybe mark it somehow?
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Writer
If you've supplied the commissioner with the artwork, then you're good! :)
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:iconrytanny:
rytanny Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, thanks!
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:icondr-scaphandre:
Dr-Scaphandre Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
A friend of mine tried using the widget, but we didn't get the message saying confirmed.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Writer
Hi there! You and your friend should both check your Correspondence page. If the commission request was sent and received, it should show up for both of you. :)
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