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Can he DO that?

Recently I was contacted by someone wanting a plushie for their child.  I gave them my standard reply of how much each size costs and stated that I don't recreate officials or plushies done by another artist.

This has become a standard response because a look around plushie communities you'll see bootleggers and copycats making money off of other people's hard work.  It's something I don't want to get involved with so I state it in my early responses to queries.

Ok,,, so this guy starts asking questions about how much and how big and what style.  He then starts showing images official plushies and wants it "like that."  I then point blank turn him down and state I'll have nothing to do with bootlegging.  To which he seems agreeable.

Then a couple of days later I get this email full of rage, asking me "who pissed in your cornflakes."  He goes on to tell me I've ruined his child's hopes of getting this plushie and that I'm an unprofessional that will NEVER survive in the real art world.  And he was going to tell everyone what an unpleasant person I was to work with.

This hit me hard. 

And so I ask you... will I survive the real art world if I stand by my policies?
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Sep. 17th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
I think it'd be better to stand by your policies than do something that could put you in big trouble. You'll get much more respect from everyone that way.

Don't let jerks like this bother you.
Sep. 17th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
You did the right thing, all the way. He was just trying to save money and/or couldn't find the official plushy, and was peeved at you when you stood up for yourself and your policies. It's a good rule to have for yourself and since you told him from the start, he won't get anyone on his side unless he outright lies.

You're clearly more professional than many (most?) of your peers. Stay that way! :)
Sep. 17th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
You WILL survive in the art worlf if you stand by your policies. You can also make a fine living NOT standing by your policies though. It's up to you, really, if you want to go that way. Personally I think you should stick to your guns, try not to let this person bother you... After all, if you did what he asked, you could get into a lot of trouble. To me, running an honest business no matter what these kinds of people say is important.

You did the right thing. =)
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
If you DON'T stand by your policies, you won't survive the art world. This guy needs to learn how to handle his shit when things don't go *exactly* as he wants- that's his problem, not yours.
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
bi-polar much? o_o That guy seriously needs a chill pill. I say stand by your policies, you'll end up better in the long run. You're not at fault here, that guy is. If he wants a plush for his kid that looks just like "plush A" that "artist A" did, he should just ask that artist or better yet, if he's gonna be so damn pissy about it, he can make his own bootleg plush. Maybe then he'll have a better respect for what you do. Ruined his kids hopes of getting this plush? Gimmie a break. His kid must've learned to bitch and whine from his father then. The guy should've either politely moved on to find some other plush artist who would have made the plush for him like he wanted or just dealt with your policies like a mature adult.

I don't know if this is the case, but I find it funny that most of the people who yell at artists about how they'll "never be able to survive in the art world" are not artists themselves and often times have no affiliation with the art world at all except that they maybe went to a museum. Once. Don't worry at all about surviving in the real art world. You'll be much better off making your own original creations than trying to bootleg to cater to people like this.

Sorry that kinda turned into a rant. XD I like to make my own custom stuffed animals and plushies in my "copious" free time and I guess that just kinda struck a nerve.
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
So what if his kid is disappointed? Disappointment is a fact of life so why wouldn't he see this as an opportunity for his child to learn about how to deal with it?
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Agreeing with everybody else here, (And I really agree with clickclackcat, I've never heard anybody who's IN the real art world spout off such nonsense, it's always people who don't know what they're talking about.)

My policy is slightly more lenient, I am happy to do things "inspired" by existing designs, but the final product must always be unique, and not simply a copy with one feature changed. But I've had to turn down customers before, and have had a few get irate with me over it. One threatened to sue me!

But so far I do just fine! I make plushes too, but mostly I make fursuits, and that's my dayjob, it's what I do for a living.

Also, anybody who will use his kid to try and emotionally blackmail you into breaking the law is scum, pure and simple.
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
It's never professional to bootleg; you did the right thing. This dude is just pissed because he didn't get what he wanted. Conclusion: Ignore, ignore, ignore.

One thing confuses me in this story: if the guy wanted a licensed / copyrighted plushie, why didn't he just go buy the real one? No matter how expensive a plushie is it couldn't possibly match the cost of getting one custom-made.
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
ugh, that guy is an odd one.

Do you have a price list by chance and examples. I was a plush of my fursona but I need to do some price checking to see if I can ever afford one.
Sep. 17th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
You can contact me through my DA page: http://leloi.deviantart.com/
(no subject) - auryanne - Sep. 21st, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
He's probably bluffing to try to intimidate you. In any case, you can rely on people you have done work for before to back you up on the quality of your service. I wouldn't even dignify a person like that with a response.

Good for you to sticking to your guns. It shows that you have respect for your craft and you aren't after the almighty dollar.
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
that guy sounds like a total tool. I agree with what others have said. If he wanted a plushy EXACTLY like "PLushy A", then he could have just bought the original thing. I think he's using his kid as an excuse to be a jerkface... if he even has a kid...
Sep. 17th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
wtf. Bipolar?
Listen - you're doing what any reputable plushie maker does. I had the same policies for the number of years that I made them ( until last year). If they want a commercial one, go buy the actual product. What, the hell... O_O

Stick to your guns. Not only is he being an aggressive ( and immature) ASS but if you'd take on any kind of comission I can pretty much guarantee it'd taste like sawdust.BAh.

Personally -- I wouldn't let the jerk bother you. IGNORE! ;)
Sep. 17th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
You didn't disappoint his child.

You disappointed his inner child.

And what a vile and bitter child did you flush out of the shadows.

Really awful people ........ its better not to work for them at all.

For sending you that hideous email he gets loser troll of the year.

You should feel GOOD.

Because you are not doing business with him.

Sep. 17th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
This guy clearly has no idea what he's talking about because no respectable commissioner or company in the "art world" would ask for copyright or intellectual property infringement, nor would they be upset you refused such a request.

Your policy of originality can only help you weed out the whackos to beware of, like this guy clearly is. o_o
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
You are totally in the right. Artists that copy other work drive me nuts, and it really makes the fraft soul-less. Your steadfastness shows that you will do well. I totally respect that, and wish you the best.
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