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Do not work with DredWalker

I was commissioned to do some character work for a person called DredWalker on Deviantart. Everything seemed ok when we both agreed to work on his commission piece. So DredWalker said he would send me the first money order in the mail. Which was fine with me so I waited for the money order because I know it's takes about a week to come in the snail mail. First week nothing ok that's fine I can wait, second week nothing ok myabe the mail is slow, third week I e-mailed him back letting him know that I did not get his first money order and that I wouldn't start his project without him making the first payment.  I was charging him a $100 for one human character and one animal character. Our agreement was half up front and the rest of the money when the commissions was done. I'd post the image in my gallery with a water mark and an extra graphic because I knew water marks could be removed.

So he says ok and that it must have gotten lost in the mail, I say that's fine stop payment on that one and just send me other one when you get the money. After that 3 days later I finally got the first money order and  I started on the sketches them showed it to him he approved, then I moved on to the flat colors and he approved of that. Afterwards I would post each piece step by step in my gallery just in case he wanted changes. By the third stage he asked me to make a few changes which I did and it took me an two days. Working with DredWalker seemed to be going well. Here's the link with DredWalker saying he likes what going on so far and said he sent me an e-mail. In the e-mail he did ask for a few changes which I did.

However there was a problem at the end where I asked him to pay me the remaining $50 because I was finished with his commission.   DredWalker said he'd pay me by the end of the week with a personal check, I had to remind him that I didn't take personal checks again I gave him the reason why. Then I got another e-mail from him saying he wanted to see the final image. I didn't think much of it I sent him the final image with a water mark and extra graphic. As I stated here in my journal which I linked him to in our first e-mails back and forth.http://ebony-chan.deviantart.com/journal/14463671/

Then I got another e-mail from him saying he could barely see the image. So I sent him a larger image but I still kept the graphics on it until I was paid. Which is here  http://ebony-chan.deviantart.com/art/DredWalker-s-Dimiri-Done-70509230 let me know if you have a hard time seeing the image people. Again DredWalker e-mails me saying he couldn't really see that image because of the water mark and extra graphics on it and if I could remove them so he could have a better look. ( Oh like I haven't heard that one before! Ha! ) I told him one and they would stay until I was paid the rest of my money.  DredWalker then goes into this rant saying that he already sent me $50 and that I should trust him with the final image. I again said no the graphics stay until I am paid the rest of my money. He then posts in his journal that I cheated him out of money and that he never really got the project.

It's in the link below which you can flow to other links with talks between me and DredWalker. I also copied and paste his journal to mine and address each thing in it.


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Dec. 9th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Somewhat unrelated, I apologize, but it's probably best not to reference a Disney pose for your commission work, or at least state that you did in your description and to your commissioner. I remember drawing that exact pose many years ago from a How To Draw Lion King book. Other than that, I would say it is a rather large watermark, but I do agree that you can still see the image pretty much.
Dec. 9th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
Glad I wasn't the only one that saw that.
Dec. 9th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
wow. now i don't feel crazy. i knew it seemed rather TLKish. O__O
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
I didn't use a disney pose for my work. I looked up strip hyena's online and found an real hyena in that pose.
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
striped hyenas don't have that severe sloping of a back ;P
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)

Your first link is an Aardwolf not a hyena, the second is a brown hyena not a striped one.
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
You don't even need to click the links to see that neither of them are a striped hyena, you know.
Dec. 9th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
thats a brown hyena
Dec. 9th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
and an aardy, sorry.
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)

I remember copying the same picture in 7th grade. I'm pretty sure you didn't use real reference considering how unrealistic the anatomy is and how much it is the lion king hyena's exact character design.


I don't mean to be mean or anything, but it's just a little obvious you copied from a cartoon and not real anatomy. ._.;
Dec. 9th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)

Striped hyena's do not have the neck hump which you drew in, disney gave their hyenas that but in reality the only "hump" hyena's have is a ruff of hair that stands up when they are frightened. That would suggest you really did base the image on the disney design and not reality.
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Dec. 9th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
...that's the exact same picture she just posted, that you're replying to, to show what yours DIDN'T look like. Great work.
Dec. 9th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)

Not convinced. You also sent back the same picture that I used for my explanation. Anyway, I encourage you to be more professional in the way you handle your work, or you shouldn't be charging that much for your pictures. I'm wondering why you didn't study real hyena anatomy for your picture, it would have been so easy to do that. :(
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