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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 01:43 am (UTC)
I work in 3k-6k pixels with 300 dpi - but I always give the customer a scaled down version. Why? Because that is ridiculously huge for a "standard" image. Unless it's a large detailed scene ofc. Also I enjoy starting with a square box and then crop it into the shape and size that fits the sketch. But your standard image? Maybe around 1k 1.5k, but still with a 300dpi - I want the image to be printable, but not for the zoom to be able to "pick apart" my image.

I would just write in your ToS that your standard working size might be considered small by some standards - and if they need it to be bigger to tell you in advance, and then you can take it from there. No need to work in a size that is not comfortable for you


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