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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

radiomutt
Aug. 24th, 2018 11:48 am (UTC)
You don't need to "finish the project". Literally nobody is demanding you do that.

You do need to pay the artist for work done. Plain and simple.

Also, this "exact thing" is probably happening because you dropped a rambling paragraph of text telling the artist that you were secretly unhappy with the work the whole time, telling them their quality of work was low, telling them you are just not going to pay them for the work done, and then literally blocking them before they ever had a chance to even discuss any of this with you on, according them, every platform of communication, only to then apparently unblock them long enough to accuse them of defaming you for literally explaining the literal things you literally did.

But okay. It's admirable that you're "open to the possibility" that you "may be in the wrong".

Take this as a chance to learn a lesson and walk away from this a better person. You know, after paying the artist for what work they've done.

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