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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.
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Comments

fawkatronic
Aug. 24th, 2018 10:34 am (UTC)
I do not believe anyone is saying you have an obligation to finish the project with the artist, but you did take up a good chunk of the artist's time. And you should pay for the time you took from them, especially consider that based on what you wrote it seemed you let the work drag on for a while after you had decided you were not going to go through with the transaction.

Imagine if it was something more physical and tangible than art. If you hired someone to landscape your yard, and they showed up and worked for hours a day over multiple days. Do you think you could just cancel the contract with them before the yard was 100% done and expect to not pay them for the hours they already worked?

From screencaps it looks like the artist was well into colouring and had already lined multiple full bodies with clothes included. That is a lot of work. I don't know how much more was expected, but for a typical reference sheet this is beyond 50% done.

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