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unpaid reference sheet

WHO: Rayd / Hytyle / Aprilycan

WHERE: fur affinity

WHAT: reference sheet

WHEN: July 21 to yesterday morning

EXPLAIN: user posted to FA forums in search of an artist for making a reference sheet. we agreed that I would be paid 60 during the process and remaining 40 upon completion. since being around 60% of the way through, I have been asking for partial payment; user has in response, acted like a victim by me asking for payment, suddenly reversing the affirming that my style works for them, that they like what I'm making, and claiming they hate it and therefore don't need to pay me. they have even said i'm witch hunting them, which is hilarious! since I've given up being paid the rent money i still need and have moved on to simply wanting to warn other people that this person is insincere and dishonest in their dealings.

at first it seemed like a good fit.
I gave them a choice of pose and got started.
I asked them for feedback about the quality of linework and style.
I started in on color and texture, adjusting when they had feedback, but the word "perfect" was thrown around a lot.
Created multiple versions for comparison and customer design choice.
Started in on the extra offers I included - poses with his outfit, offers to illustrate him using magic. Things people usually don't include in one reference sheet package.
Around this time I started asking for payment and realized they most likely weren't planning on paying me.
making a personal post to vent about what happened, they comment to harass me, while blocking me, meaning I technically can't reply to their weird victim posing.

all said, I think some people are just best avoided at times. I don't know what's going on with this person, but I'd glad a platform exists to warn fellow artists. am I sad? yes. can I pay the rent without this income? not yet. am I going to waste my time harassing this person like they're harassing me? definitely not. but now I know I can check for names here if someone I'm working for seems fishy, and hope everyone stays safe out there.
Artist's beware has moved!
Do NOT repost your old bewares. They are being archived.


Aug. 23rd, 2018 08:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, so this is going to be one of those bewares where I personally feel both parties have made mistakes. Pardon this is going to be formatted for quick easy reading. (And also because I tend to be tl;dr.)

For the Client/ Hytyle-
- Please always voice any dissatisfaction very early on. Do not wait, because the artist is not a mind reader.
- The work isn't completed, but payment for work completed is owed to the artist.
- Please do not guilt the artist. This is a business transaction.

For the Artist-
- This is an important lesson in taking payment up front.
- If the client cancels you would owe them a refund for work not done. Currently you are owed for what is completed minus what has yet to be finished. Not the full $60.
- Please do not guilt clients. I hope that your father recovers quickly. Unfortunately, your personal matters aren't the client's. This is a business transaction.

Edited at 2018-08-23 08:56 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2018 10:03 pm (UTC)
According to the beware the artist is indeed owed $60.

I would be paid 60 during the process and remaining 40 upon completion.

It was a $100 commission.
$60 during the process -- this much is due.
$40 more when completed -- this is not due.
Aug. 23rd, 2018 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh good catch! Can't edit my comment, but there it is.


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