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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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gatekat
Nov. 18th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
The size you work in: the original file. Or at least the original size. If you watermark, just insist that they post the watermarked version you use.

Why wouldn't you want to give them the original size? It seems odd to me to treat digital commissions differently from traditional ones.
tylociraptor
Nov. 18th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
The main reason I can see for not wanting to give out the original size is something that has come up here before- often times, especially finicky customers can see "flaws" in the original size that are so insignificant that they do not feature in the actual display size of the image. I've seen people complain about pixel sized blank spots that aren't even recognizable in the posted version.
gatekat
Nov. 18th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
I can see it if that was visible in the print/upload version, but otherwise? Doesn't make any sense to me. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised it happens given this place is needed.
amocin
Nov. 18th, 2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
I am giving them the original size, the problem is that they wanted it bigger.. And I dont know what size is good.. I tend to draw my images at 800x1000
okojosan
Nov. 18th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
If you're working at 72ppi then that comes out to 2.6 x 3.3 inches, and that's fairly small.
snowhawk
Nov. 19th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
Once upon a time, posting a 600x800 image was fine... but screen resolutions were a lot smaller back then. Not to mention, most people were only on dial-up connections, and large images were much harder to load (some folks would break large images into small pieces and put them in a table so they would load faster). With the shift having gone to most people having some kind of high speed connection now, the size you work at is what I'm noticing a lot of people post their web sizes at.

Triple the working size, at the very least. Think of your workspace as an 11x14 inch sheet of paper, and work at at least 300dpi. Then scale down to your current working size from there.

If you're doing quick sketchy doodles, you can get away with smaller, just let your customers know.
slinkslowdown
Nov. 19th, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
Icons are also okay at a smaller size, IMO.
snowhawk
Nov. 19th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah! I forgot to mention those... But definetly! Basically, anything that might not be printed, imo.
utunu
Nov. 19th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
I commission quite a lot of artwork, and since I usually get it professionally printed afterwards so I can hang it up, I look for resolutions on the order of what most folks have mentioned in this thread. I've actually chosen NOT to commission artists based on working resolution because of this, even if they have lovely art - or, only getting something for which the printability is less important (an icon or something). One artist I had gotten a lovely icon in the past from; they had opened for a larger commission (8"x12" or so), and I was going to pounce on it before I realized that they stated 100dpi. :(
gatekat
Nov. 19th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
if it were paper
Unless stated otherwise, that's assumed to be 8in by 11in (and at 300 dpi).
AKA 2400 by 3300.

So you're drawing really, really small for calling it "paper sized" and it really needs to be stated in your TOS as they tend not to be printable don't don't show well on larger monitors. These days a lot of folks will assume that you're just stingy on what you post for free, not that you actually work in that size.

Most seem to post between 1200x1650 and 900x1200, depending on the site and image.
amocin
Nov. 19th, 2016 05:50 am (UTC)
I meant that as in, my screen is my piece of paper, where I can see everything at 100% on my screen.. no zooming.

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