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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. 18th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
I work with thee different sizes - I start at 5000px or more for a scene (such a big files allows me for finer sketch lines without getting pixelated), then downsize it to 3000px 300dpi resolution for the commissioner (this way I always keep the "original" file and the commissioners gets a file ready for printing, and a smaller 1200-1600px 72dpi file for online posting.

If the commission is a sketch (flat colored/cleshading without a background) I work on 3000px because there're no details I need to zoom in to work on (mostly lines).

I like to work big because at the moment of downsizing the details look neat and clear and the sketch/paint strokes feel a lot smoother than at lower resolutions. I have a 22-23 inches screen so it's pretty easy to work with large files that easily fit the size I draw on paper, and it helps to have to rarely zoom-in except for finer details.


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