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Advice Needed: Resolution for Commissions

I cant find anybody who would give me an answer on this.. But what resolution of images seem best to give a commissioner?

I have a laptop that I work off of, and I understand that the resolution of my screen tends to make everything way bigger, even most websites dont fit properly on my screen.. Its not bad its just a slight difference.. Anyhow, I tend to draw on my screen at the same size I would if it were paper. Where I can see most every detail when fully zoomed out/original size. I noticed that other artists tend to draw like... two or three times the size that I do but I always felt that was a personal prefrence thing.. Until recently.

I  have heard a few concerns that my art tends to be on the small size, and I dont want to give my customers any less than they deserve. So what resolutions would be best for commissions? Flat colored commissions? Fully colored and detailed commissions? Whats the average expectation?

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Nov. 19th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
700 x 700 for icons
1200 x 920 for sketch commissions

Those are about the only commissions I do now a days. I do tend to make my sketch commission bigger if there are more than two characters, or if my hands are giving me trouble that day.
Nov. 22nd, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
honestly, I don't think it matters too much what resolution you work at, especially if you're letting the client know in the commission info or sommat beforehand what resolutions you generally work at. this also gives you the freedom to charge more for larger pieces when clients ask for them.
Nov. 22nd, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
It depends on the image. I mean, for this one, you needed the full width, and to be honest it might have been easier to draw the smaller character here with a few more pixels to play with. But for this, you know, maybe that's an ideal size.

If you're not doing a lot of super-detailed/realistic work with fine details (this one stands out as an exception), so it's not as big of an issue. But some images, by some artists, definitely benefit from a 2K or higher resolution - and I think you'll probably end up doing more work which can benefit from it over time.

It has to actually work with your hardware and the work you want to offer. And it may not be worth promising big images if it takes you twice as long - you might as well just give a slight price break and do two images in the same time.

The vast majority (~95%) of screens used by visitors to furry art sites are still 1920x1020 or smaller, although working with larger images can still be of use because they effectively gain fine detail when scaled down to fit. Here's a top-25 list from Inkbunny by popularity:

1920x1080 22.2%
1366x768 15.7%
360x640 12.3%
1600x900 5.3%
1536x864 3.2%
1440x900 3.1%
768x1024 2.5%
320x568 2.4%
1680x1050 2.4%
375x667 2.4%
1280x800 2.4%
1280x1024 1.9%
1280x720 1.7%
1360x768 1.7%
640x360 1.6%
1024x768 1.4%
412x732 1%
1920x1200 1%
2560x1440 0.9%
320x570 0.8%
320x534 0.8%
414x736 0.7%
320x480 0.6%
1024x600 0.5%
600x1024 0.3%
Nov. 22nd, 2016 09:47 am (UTC)
I tend to give them 1200 px at the longest side; if people upload it to FA, FA won't have to resize it (1245 limit). FA resizing MANGLES the quality of images quite horribly, which I feel misrepresents the quality at which I deliver my commissions.

I include a 2400 px copy which I clearly label is for -private- use; private enjoyment, desktop wallpaper, making their own print if they want it on their wall etc.
Nov. 24th, 2016 04:38 am (UTC)
Ever since I saw my old art on a friends 3000+ px monitor, I've tried to keep my art STARTING at 2000px 300 DPI for smaller sketches/icons/etc and go up from there.

I also tend to include a version at least half the size of the original image, if not the full size depending on the commission. Since a lot of what I do is sketches/inks, its not uncommon for my commissioners to want to color it themselves, which I'm totally fine with.

I'd never heard of people denying a larger version out of fear of it not looking clean? That is def a new one on me, but then again AB has taught me that yes, there are def commissioners who would not understand and complain about that haha.

But yeah, I would say it being larger (especially with typical screen sizes today) is pretty important. That said, if you want to remain smaller, I'd just make sure that information was available to your commissioner before hand.
Nov. 24th, 2016 11:41 am (UTC)
I start my pics by opening A4 preset on 300dpi, around 2480 x 3508 pixels
i sketch on that then crop the document to correspond the area sketch takes and work from there.
So far it has worked fine.
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