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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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Aug. 25th, 2018 08:54 am (UTC)
I spent a couple hours making that post and I can see now that I do contradict myself a lot in my words. I just wanted it to be a done and done post after awhile and It must have completely passed me. The truth is that I'm still afraid about going about this, but I do know that its the right thing to do as a customer and as a person at this point. Me and the artist got along pretty well together, and I'm not so sure if that'll be apparent again after this is finished, but I do care about whether he gets anything beneficial out of this, as Its deserved for having to go to these lengths to get paid. "People" in this case included kaivey and everyone else as a collective.

I havent blocked him over all platforms, just instant messagers. Though I've forgotton both of his names for each, so I'll be idling until he or someone else is able to get that information to me.

And I did block the people who sent me notes, I was just wanting to avoid being met with more from other people who've read the same stuff.

Also, Thank you. You have no idea how great it feels to hear that. After all of this, Its great to finally be reassured one way or another.

Edited at 2018-08-25 08:54 am (UTC)


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