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Commission Guide by DarlingMionette Commission Guide by DarlingMionette
You guys asked for it XD so here it is. I hope it helps someone XD I tried to be as thorough as possible :3

See above for a USD to Point conversion calculator for your convenience :3 Provided by *charfade be sure to drop them a thank you!
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Given 2011-08-31
Suggester's words: Commission Guide by =DarlingMionette is a great guide for any artist here on dA who is wanting to start offering commissions or who just wants to reexamine their current commission method. This guide covers everything from work ethics, payments to advertising. A true gem of a guide every artist should have stored away in their arsenal. ( Suggested by DamselStock and Featured by FantasyStock )
You were very helpful. Thank you :)
rise13eyond Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is incredibly helpful for deciding prices you just became my favourite person. But, with digital art, how is it preferable to give it to the commissioner? I mean you can't give them a physical copy. So do you just give them a link to an upload or should you always get their e-mail so you cand send them the actual file? I remember reading something that gave me the impression uploading the image here decreased image quality. The "image quality" issue in general has got me a little confused. And apart from saving as JPG, gif, or PNG..TBH I don't notice much of a difference unless its JPG where you can chose the quality.  I don't know if that related to DPI, because I've had to do that before and the only difference I saw with that was it changed the size of the image. I am filled with questions. 
Makini90 Jan 18, 2014   Interface Designer
This is incredibly helpful for me when I'm gonna start up a commision guide. 
I wanna ask. Can this apply to arttrades and requests as well?
Dannny-Deviant Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question ( not sure if it was asked or mentioned but I don't think it was...maybe...who knows ANYWAYS):

What if I don't draw linearts (which I don't) but I'll color? Is that a thing...cuz I have been dabbling in that and doing okay and eventually (soon) would like to charge even a little for it. But I feel most people who do linearts can color pretty well and like lots of people (like me so far) color for free. >.> Is there any hope?
DarlingMionette Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh deffiniately. even i've done  some just-color commissions :) as long as you're a good colorist, it's entirely possible to do those types of commissions. Not every artist can do both lines and color :) it's whole separate skill set.. just look at any comic.. usually the colorist and line artist are two separate people.
Dannny-Deviant Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay sweet thanks.. i just couldnt find anyone who did on here, so i have no idea what numbers to use really :O It takes me a while to color them especially if i have to pick a light source and do shadows and stuff >.> I'm not too great at that yet. And hair.. *gasp*.... Anywhere you could point me for an example of pricing as it applies to just coloring or the same kind of thing.. that hourly thing +/- skill level? 
This is really helpful, but I have a small question. Does this work with writing commissions too? Should the prices be the same?
DarlingMionette Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I honestly don't know what would be fair for writing commissions as far as prices go. I've never done one and i'm trying to figure that out myself XD but most of the other principals stand in a way. figure out your rules, and make sure they're clear :)
Whoa. Thank you.  Thank you so much.  I was thinking about starting commissions sometime soon and I had no idea what I needed to do.  This really, really helps.
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