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Artist Beware: Thera

Who: Thera

Where:
FurAffinity: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/thera/
Weasyl: https://www.weasyl.com/~thera
Deviant Art: http://theramutt.deviantart.com/

What:
1. Animated Icon ($15 CAD) – One slot of several offered for animated icon. (Link to FA note)
2. 1-Character Digital, Soft-Shaded ($50 CAD) – Part of “Black Friday” commission sale. Subject was a SFW portrait of my werewolf character Vaarak. (Link to FA note)
3. 2-Character Digital, Cell-Shaded ($80 CAD) – Part of “Black Friday” commission sale. Subject was an NSFW kink picture of Zaelgolin and Sabre Dragon. (Link to FA note)
*Note that Thera has since deleted all journals and comments referencing the above sales.

When:
1.       Animated Icon: Paid in full Nov 19, 2014, no progress of any kind to date.
2.       1-Character Digital: Paid in full Nov 27, 2014, no progress of any kind to date.
3.       2-Character Digital: Paid in full Nov 29, 2014. Requested a completion date of Feb 14, 2015 to be a valentine’s gift. The date was agreed to (link to FA note), but was missed with no progress. It was after this time I requested a refund for all three commissions. Thera responded by saying she could not offer any refunds, but would complete both this and the single-character commission during the following week (link to FA note). This date was also missed with no progress.

Proof:
1.       Link to payment receipt for animated icon ($20 CAD paid)
2.       Link to payment receipt for soft-shaded commission ($50 CAD paid)
3.       Link to payment receipt for NSFW commission ($80 CAD paid)
Note that all of the above receipts are the result of Interac e-Transfers: a money transfer system only available in Canada.

Explain:
Let it be said that I never wanted to escalate things as a means of dispute resolution. This case is a simple example of an artist not following through on promises. While the above points illustrate the case rather well, I’ll try to give a broad synopsis:

Having previously commissioned Thera (and quite liking the results), I jumped when I saw her sale on animated icons. Brief comments were exchanged, the fee paid and I was added to the list. A few days later, I saw Thera open another set of commissions for Black Friday. Having not commissioned any work lately, and really liking her art style, I took two slots: a single-character SFW commission and a two-character NSFW commission. All commissions were paid for in full as shown above.

Having paid for the commissions in late November, I was really hoping for at least the NSFW piece to be completed by Valentine’s Day. This date was agreed to, but despite several notes (Note 1, Note 2) requesting updates, the date passed with no progress of any kind. Agitated, I asked for a refund. Thera apologized, but said she could not offer any refunds. In recompense, she assured me the drawing would be completed within a week, and even offered to do another piece for free. Giving her one last chance, I wanted until the end of the week only to again have the date missed with no progress.

A few weeks passed before Thera finally posted an outstanding commissions list (now deleted from FA), dozens and dozens of pieces long. I contacted Thera with my concerns, but she assured me the piece would be completed that same week, and suggested I attend her stream. The date was schedule and I logged in, only to find Thera doing impromptu commissions for others. During the stream, she said she would not be working on any outstanding commissions that night, since she needed to take on new work. It was at this point that I sent a note threatening to post to Artists Beware if I was not refunded. Thera requested my payment details, which I promptly provided. After an additional three weeks of waiting, I have still not been paid, and am left with no recourse but to post my experiences here and hopefully warn other commissioners.

Throughout all this, I do want to stress that Thera responded civilly and amicably in all notes, and made numerous promises to set things right. It is just unfortunate that none of these promises were ever fulfilled.

Update:
I have since been refunded in full for all payments noted above; this beware has been resolved.

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Comments

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latiro
May. 3rd, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
This is the second post about Thera since the other post back in 2012 where she took her poor attitude out of Miimichi and cursing her out during her (Thera's) financial problems.

Also, don't be surprised if she comes here with quite a tirade.
celestinaketzia
May. 3rd, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, Thera is banned from here, which irrc is one of the first times an artist posted to A_B can't actually respond.

However, if Thera does read this, I hope she does get to the refund or contact the OP so this can be marked as resolved.
keaalu
May. 3rd, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
Was that at the time of her first beware? Because I've seen her posting here using her twitter handle ("ANubbyCorgi") since then.
celestinaketzia
May. 3rd, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, that handle was removed for ban evasion.
latiro
May. 3rd, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
True, she can't leave comments on this post, but at least she'll respond to the OP's messages and issue a refund.
ladysnakebite
May. 4th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Is her previous beware listed under a different name, or is it just not tagged? I don't see it in the tag list...
celestinaketzia
May. 4th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
It's under the comm tag.
ladysnakebite
May. 5th, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
Thanks!
ravensmoon666
May. 5th, 2015 10:02 am (UTC)
I'm depressed to see this user on here. She has such lovely art. D:
losnyangeles
May. 5th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
OP, you were very understanding and polite the whole time. Unfortunately, this doesn't sound surprising after the last time she was posted here. Looks like her financial management and promise fulfillment still needs a lot of work.
kipaki
May. 5th, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
it seems she just is still so overwhelmed with money issues, and is taking on so much work to try and survive. I hope she is able to get work outside of art soon so she can make up all the stuff she has done..

i did an art trade with her about a year ago if not more, ive reminded her 3 or 4 times. But since she has such a long list of owed money things, i doubt i will get my half. so im done pestering even further till then

i hope she turns things around for herself sometime soon, at least she tries to stay professional though
celestinaketzia
Jan. 1st, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hi, went ahead and marked this as resolved for you!
Zaelgolin
Jan. 4th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much - I apologize if I did not follow the right process. Cheers!
arcainewolf
Feb. 15th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
BEWARE OF ARTIST-Fursuit head commission from Thera
I commissioned a fursuit head from her back in July of last year, Sense then she has constantly gave me new dates on when the head will be completed and has not sent any kind of pictures indicating the progress. Once I asked her about the pictures she claimed that all her picture taking devices are broken, and she cant borrow her mothers camera(apparently she is unreliable -cough couch-). In December (5 months past the date I sent the money for it to be made) she says it will be done by the 19th of December and I can come pick it up at the Christmas party. Not able to go she says that's fine. January comes around and somehow the fursuit head is still not done (if its not done, how were you planning on giving it to me during the Christmas party? ) We talked and she apologized asking for the deadline to be extended, we both agreed at the end of February (its the 15th now) I messaged her asking how things are going and now she is asking for another deadline change and giving $100 dollars back for each month its past the due date, because of the extended deadline almost half a month before February, I don't want to wait any longer. Because I paid through E-Transfer could I take those receipts and our messages to the authorities if its not done by the end of this month?
oceandezignz
Feb. 16th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: BEWARE OF ARTIST-Fursuit head commission from Thera
Hey! Mod here. Please compile your properly censored evidence and write a beware that can be submitted to the community for moderator approval. We can better advise you seeing 'the bigger picture'.

Thank you.
vailwolf
Aug. 20th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
My bf commissioned her 2 years ago and didn't get so much as a WIP from her. He's asking for his money back now (Which is $80) but I'm skeptical that it's going to be paid back in any timely manner... I mean, it's been 2 years!

I don't care what sort of financial situation you are in. If you take peoples money you should provide what they are paying you for. She is basically stealing from people and that's not right.

I am asking him to make a detailed report for this page after he gets his refund.

Edited at 2016-08-20 10:22 pm (UTC)
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