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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 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.
Nov. 19th, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
Icons are also okay at a smaller size, IMO.
Nov. 19th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah! I forgot to mention those... But definetly! Basically, anything that might not be printed, imo.


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