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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 )
SilverHatsuyuki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This is really helpful for someone like me whose considering the idea of starting commissions. Racing Girl Emoji (Ehehe) [V4] 
canttel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually this is very helpful.. im just not doing the pharagraph lol because im only doing points and i dont thinkk im ready for paypal...
canttel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...what do you need a usd to point calc for? t says on the commisons thingie when you put in the number of points you want.

its easy. 1 point = 1 penie
100 = dollar
500 = 5 bucks
1000= ten bucks
2000 = 20 bucks
5500= 55 bucks
SpicePrincess Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I wish it were that simple. It's not that way anymore. If an artist offers to make drawings for 25 points...well, those 25 points now equals $0.32. That artist is probably doing $10 worth of work for 32 cent. 
1 point = 2 pennies
9 points = 12 pennies
and so on. The amount of pennies to points ratio goes up by one slowly until $20 is 1600 points. It's ridiculous and causes a lot of artists to undersell their work severely.
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
points/usd use to be on a very different conversion scale than what they are now
Pengytess Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student General Artist
hey i have a question:
I make log headers/headers would that be something i can put out for commisions?
Here are some examples:…………

Most of the headers i've made are for virtual world game blogs ( like fantage, which i've made lots of )
MouHitoriNoBoku Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! it's reall helpful!
ZiozEx Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
This is very helpful! Thank you!
But i still dont really understand if sending the commissioner the source file is necessary or is it just an option? can i simply post it on my page and send a link to the commissioner?
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
of course! it's up to you on how to deliver the commission
gibblycat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional General Artist

I've been trying to figure out how to price my work for a while.... This really helped me out a lot! Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
Alexzandria44 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is great. thanks
takugirl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist
I just found this and want to thank you very much
I want to start opening commissions soon so this'll help :D
Chocobikki Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you  have to ship the commission  to the person?
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It really depends on the type of commission it is--but it's mainly your choice. For instance, if you do doll face repaintings.. then yah, you're going to want to ship it to them. With any kind of traditional media, you'll probably ship. However, if you work mainly in digital, then it's easy to just email them the image, or post it to a place like deviantart and have them pick it up there.
hikaru117 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this was super useful! 
j-kyuu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is a great guide (◕。◕ヘ) thanks for all these infos!~
MaverickGraphics Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just curious, can you also do "Commissions" through making Signature Tags, Wallpapers (aka non-drawn graphics)
Kouenkami Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is honestly probably the most helpful thing I have read so far on commissions...and omg thank you for posting this!
52heartfilia Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Writer
Wow, that helped me a lot! I'm thinking about commissioning short stories, but I wasn't very sure about how to start. I have a few questions though: how do people pay you in points? And do you upload the finished product right away, or message it privately to the commissioner first?

Please be patient with me, I'm quite new to DeviantArt!
Sirisk Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried starting commissions and did a flyer and everything, but it was a complete fail, not even a comment or anything when I tried to advertise, so this was a great start. I'm not really popular on ANY site, in fact basically invisible, so I'm trying to get more exposure + make more full artwork instead of sketches to upload. Would it be weird to advertise in real life for traditional art commissions? Like go door to door telling them about my commission and showing them examples, etc.? Just to get at least some people to know about it. ^^
Rasheen450 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have question about delivery. So do you need mention how you'd deliver the commission up front? Because like for me..I don't have like a system for If i were to do commissions for lets say a drawing like a traditional drawing i'd only be able to do the drawing and then Send a picture of it to the buyer..I don't have the ability to actually mail anything Yet and Does that detail matter alot? and finally if i state this information up front..will that greatly effect the amount of commissions I could get?
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
it's always best to make it clear up front (specifically in your commission faqs/rules) the type of media you work with and how it will be shipped. Could it affect the amount of commissions you get? It's plausible--but i've never noticed it to. If you can't deliver a commission a specific way, there's no need to take those kinds of commissions in the first place, so it's kind of a moot point. :)
Rasheen450 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
PageTurner8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Have you ever had the problem where someone asks for a commission but the message to accept it never shows up in your messages? 'Cause that's happened to me twice now and I don't know how to fix it!
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
nope. never had that happen.  if they say they sent it and it's not there, have them check their sent box and see if it shows (if they sent it, it should). and have them re-send. it may be that they're just choosing not to answer and making excuses though. OR they could have sent it to the wrong name.
PageTurner8 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Thnx. I've figured it out now. :)
lolke12 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So much text o,o faving this for later, thx for the guide ;]
BabaKinkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
omgosh this is great, ive been having a lot of trouble trying to figure out what rights i need to make clear for starting commissions, this is a brilliant explanation though thanks!!!

would it be ok if i used phrases from this in my own commission info??? i have trouble with words so i find it difficult to convey what i mean properly, but this is very clear and concise
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
of course :) please, use what you need!
BabaKinkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
ahhh thanks a tonne man <333
kleinir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you. Finally I was able to write my Journal and make a "commissions info page"! Ahaha
Soon I'll begin, after I time myself drawing and price it accordingly.
Your help was crucial! :heart:
IRegretThisName Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful but....You say to never drop below $5 or $6...but if I followed those guidelines, then that would make a full-body, colored and shaded picture in the $20 range.....and I really don't think that my pictures are worth $20....
StaticBlu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking into starting commissions myself. I'm so glad that I stumbled across this. Thanks for all of the info. Very Helpful indeed.
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I do have a question about foreign currency though, what if I had a client who lived overseas? Would PayPal convert their money into USD?
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
generally, yes it does :) there may be some instances where it doesn't, you'd have to check with their website, but i've never had a problem with it converting over--and i've had commissions in the US, UK, Portugal, France, and CA.
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
sophie-amber Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm definitely going to start commissioning when I get a lil' better at art; so your tips have really helped. Clap 
Dasiy76245 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
 Thanks so much for this Commission Guide Darling! :)
~ Dasiy <3 :happybounce: i got a letter *Free Icon/Emote* Thank You Pusheen 
shardshadowfox13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Thanks for putting this together! This will help me a lot when I get things ready to try myself out doing commissions! :D I still need to do some more practice drawings before I would feel ready. 

Be The Best You
DaggerXIV Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the advices Once I will feel prepared for commissions I will follow what this guide says.
KenryChu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that was so helpful! thank you
HentaiChimp Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut!
wolfiedawolf Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! But i'm stuck on one thing...If you want people to pay you in points, then do they pay you after or before? And do the points just come to you? I'm so confused XD
SevenCorridors Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful for my future plan :) Thank you !
But I just have one question. What will happen to our artworks after someone buy them ? Do they own them, or do we have to make prints and ship to their place ?
PhantasmalRose Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful ^^.
I want to open commisions one day, not any day soon xD want my art skills to be really good before I sell lol
AyanoHoshi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
fuuuu this is awesome im in need of information about making terms and conditions in commissions ;u;
sparklingbamboo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i shall use this
Angeloflight0925 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is going to be so helpful for when I start! Thank you so much :)
DragonPrincess-Bea Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a few of questions...

1) do I have to be a premium member to do commissions?
2) how do I link my current PayPal account to DeviantArt?

3) once I have started and I upload a commission, should I tell people how much I charged for the picture? Or should that information be just for that client to know?
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