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Commission tutorial by shingworks Commission tutorial by shingworks
Over the past three years I've done loads of successful commissions, and have commissioned others successfully as well. I have never had an issue with my transactions because I did my research before I started, and asked others who were doing commissions themselves how they were managing. However, not everyone has the time to go and note everyone (or, if you're getting noted, you may not have time to answer inquiries constantly)! So for your perusal and reference, here are some helpful tips to help you get started with taking commissions on DA.

This tutorial is more for people who offer commissions, but I have a few words for those who take them as well:

- Do your research. Make sure you're getting art from a reliable artist!
- Art costs money. Don't haggle down, its insulting. Don't forget, you're also getting free advertising when they post it to their gallery (for example, who here doesn't know *Audley's Castor ;3 )
- Don't be afraid to pimp the artists who did good work for you! Here is my list!
:iconkoalakitty23: :iconkyvie: :iconmattahan: :iconquestionstar: :iconthundercake: :iconyamiza: :iconzorgia:

Raraarrar you know the drill, feel free to comment w/ questions if you got em, thanks for reading etc

The pics in the icons are mostly from the LJ random image generator, they're (c) to the internet, I suppose XD Except for Kash, he's (c) Geico.

My other tutorials:
Pose tutorial
Expression tutorial
Hand tutorial
Foot tutorial
Ladies tutorial
Fellas tutorial
Face tutorial

Coloring Walkthrough
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Commission tutorial by `alexds1 The suggester states, "This Commission tutorial is a very useful and informative resource that could help everyone considering offering commissions. It's laid out very well too, in typical dA comment style, and once you have read it from the top all the way down to the bottom, there's a couple of hidden jokes waiting for you as well.:D" ( Suggested by namenotrequired and Featured by WDWParksGal )
DemureDizzy Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for bothering, but on my page it says I've earned 80 points but I haven't been notified of someone asking for a commission and I'm quite worried about people paying me and I'm not giving anything back. How do you see who is giving you points for commissions?
DemureDizzy Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh sorry my thing had a glitch I think. No one has paid me for commissions XD
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Mo-the-half Mar 20, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is wonderful advice!! No wonder it's a daily deviation.

I'm having trouble advertising my commissions. I think my prices are reasonable, and people seem to look, but no one is buying.
Do you have any advice?
I tried facebook, tumblr, and DA on fourms and maaaany groups.
There is my "posted" information.

What should I do?
shingworks Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
There are only ever two answers to this question: time+effort, or money... money means buying ads for yourself. This one is tricky because on the one hand you can increase exposure, but on the other hand people may stay disinterested for the same reason they weren't interested in the first place (whatever that might be). Or it could work out well. But seeing as you probably want to make money and not spend it, that's not necessarily your best option.

I'd recc time+effort... that means just doing more work, putting it out there, and talking to people. If you truly have something worth buying, people will buy it. That's pretty much how I end up spending money on commissions... I'll see someone's stuff and if it's good enough I will kind of beg them to take my money, haha... but they might not have reached me if I hadn't heard about them from a friend, or stumbled across their work, etc. The more work you do is not only creating more buzz/ free advertisement for yourself, but is also an example of what you offer and shows off your personality and what you're great at doing. In the end, that is what gets you customers and helps you to retain them.
Kathryn-Knette Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. This is actually extraordinarily eye opening (and giggle enticing). Thanks for making it :)
ZaiSeChie Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, Thanks for the useful tips. This is what I'm looking for. I've been trying to make commision, but don't know how to do it. 

I'd like to ask , what should I do to make people notices that I'm offering some commisions?

I'm kinda new to this whole things. eventhough it's been years I'm using dA. 
shingworks Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have some tips in the tutorial, but there's no fast/ easy answer. One really just has to keep basic marketing principles in mind (network, continue to advertise for yourself over several sites and do good work) and make sure they are offering a product that people would really want.
ZaiSeChie Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see... I think I haven't tried to advertise myself in sites and only focus in one sites. 
I'll try to do that from now on. 
Thanks a lot :D
Loupii Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm kind of a newbie too but i guess a Journal Post would work. There's also a Commision Widget you can add and it's for free members too. :)
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