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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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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 )
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lolke12 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much text o,o faving this for later, thx for the guide ;]
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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
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
of course :) please, use what you need!
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BabaKinkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
ahhh thanks a tonne man <333
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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:
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IRegretThisName Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital 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....
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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.
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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?
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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.
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks!
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sophie-amber Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member 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 
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Dasiy76245 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015  New member Student General Artist
 Thanks so much for this Commission Guide Darling! :)
~ Dasiy <3 :happybounce: i got a letter *Free Icon/Emote* Thank You Pusheen 
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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. 



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Be The Best You
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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.
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KenryChu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that was so helpful! thank you
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saito20 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut!
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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
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Wolfgangen 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 ?
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Ravensi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist 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
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AyanoHoshi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
fuuuu this is awesome im in need of information about making terms and conditions in commissions ;u;
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sparklingbamboo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i shall use this
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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 :)
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Bea-Unique 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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Carressa Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You don't have to have premium member ship to do commissions. 

If I were you I would not link my Paypal out in the open for every
one to see. It's just not smart. You're better off sending a note to the person/people who want a commission from you. 

People can easily tell what you charged. Let's say you upload a full body. People can easily go to your commission page and see for themselves. You want commissioners, but at the same time you don't want to be shoving prices down their throats.

Hope this helps.
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Bea-Unique Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Yes, this has helped a lot.
Hopefully I'll be able to start doing commissions soon.
I appreciate the help and advice. :thanks:
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Kyodaine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Artist
Woah, this has helped me a lot! Thank you!
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xxannaandelsaxx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this was SO helpful!!! Thanks a bunch!! :happybounce: 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD you are so very welcome
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tomeksz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
super cool tutorial! hope it helps!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD thanks, I hope so too!
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da-kurly-panda Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this, it was really helpful!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
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CloudDDPA Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question to ask. I been wondering about something that I think that is very important to start commissions (but never had the nerve to ask.) but do you need to be noticed to start doing commissions?  I gotten a lot better at drawing, line art, and coloring over the months but I wondered what if I needed to be noticed before I can start doing commissions.

I use this to help me plan out everything I need have so I can start doing commissions.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it certainly helps, but it's not imperative. the important thing is, after you start doing commissions you need to get noticed and put the word out.. if no one knows how to find you or what kind of work you do, you won't get commissions.
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CloudDDPA Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I need to spread the word that I am doing commissions?
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
definitely :) if no one knows you're doing commissions... it's sort of impossible for you to get clients.
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CloudDDPA Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright then I'll do it!

Thank you so much for answering my question =)
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Flopa Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much for this guide! Starting commissions is not easy, specially if you are not such a known artist.
Anyway, I just opened my commissions, I hope I'll do all right.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD you are so very welcome
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GirlAnimePrincess Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a much needed guide on what exactly I needed to do.  I've tried opening commissions before but never got any(honestly that was probably from a lack of advertising), but now things should start going better.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) I wish you the best of luck! I'm glad I could help :D
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Geek385 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
You were very helpful. Thank you :)
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rise13eyond Featured By Owner 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. 
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WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do both. Upload a version of the image here on the web (condensed if the image was particularly large) and provide a link to the customer for the download of the full sized artwork.

DPI is mostly irrelevant to the display of digital art online. 72dpi is all you'll ever need if the image is only intended to be displayed digitally. However, if you ever plan to print an image you should be sure to paint it at 300dpi. :D From my understanding the dpi tells printers how many little ink dots to place per inch.
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Makini90 Featured By Owner 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?
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Dannny-Deviant Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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?
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner 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.
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Dannny-Deviant Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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? 
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k1w1-sama Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
This is really helpful, but I have a small question. Does this work with writing commissions too? Should the prices be the same?
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner 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 :)
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