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!
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. (
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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. From my understanding the dpi tells printers how many little ink dots to place per inch.
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?
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.
okay sweet thanks.. i just couldnt find anyone who did on here, so i have no idea what numbers to use really 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?
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
I have a question: I made this commission for this one person, (only charged 10 points BECAUSE it was the smallest thing ever and only took me 10 minutes, plus I'm not doing commissions at the moment and nobody who watches me has points to pay for anything)
But anyway, I posted it, I got a notice to accept or decline, I approved, and he hasn't received it, and I never got my points.
However, He didn't tell me everything that he wanted done the first time, so I had to redo it 3 times and had to post it, he bought it, and I had to give him 20 points for the times I screwed it up.
So when does he get his picture, and when do I get my points? I will end up with 30 points, since he bought 3 prints then told me I didn't do blah blah blah, so I will still hopefully be making a profit.
I honestly have no idea. I assume you went through the DA commission thingy? I hate that thing with a fiery passion and don't use it (DA uses it to skim profit off our commissions, and it's so new that it's really unreliable), so I'm not sure what's typical with it. However, I can tell you that you shouldn't have to pay anyone for screwing up a commission if they didn't give you enough information (or change their mind) to begin with. That's extra work for you, and you deserve to have the full price of the commission regardless. If anything, they should pay extra for having wasted your time. Honestly, it sounds like this guy was trying to scam you and get art for free (it happens quite often). You may just have to write this one off. In the future, I'd recommend always being paid upfront before you even attempt to work on a commission (I do this, and it's never caused me problems), and then delivering the art piece by posting it to your gallery, or via e-mail to the recipient. Also, charge more. 80 pts = $1.00, you're literally being paid in pennies.
Okay thank you! But like I said this one didn't matter much to me so I just wanted to convert it over to 10 points as a first one; I don't think my digital artwork is good enough to start commissions yet but my traditional is; I do portraits and stuff I just need to figure out how to set this stuff up where it's affordable but I'm not getting ripped off XD