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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 03:53 pm (UTC)
"If you were a cab driver and I was a passenger, And you take me to a destination, and a block away from that destination you demand money, telling me we will get there, don’t worry. I would say fuck you take me to the destination, I don’t care how many people screwed you over."

Bad analogy. This guy's actions are the equivalent of a cab driver driving him to the destination, letting him out of the car before payment, and then him saying "Let me just go into the building here and I'll be out later. I'll pay you then."

The commissioner pays when the product is finished, which you've shown it is finished. The fact is, the guy doesn't want to pay you until he receives the finished product and then has no more reason to pay you. In fact, his other actions (not mailing the deposit in a timely manner, suggesting a personal check for the final payment instead of another money order, etc.) shows me that he's simply not wanting to pay you for the finished product.
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
I agree with you and the fact is I showed him each step of the work and did whatever changes he wanted. Even showed him the final product with a water mark with graphics and said I'd give it to him once he made the final payment.
Dec. 11th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Yes, but according to the commissioner, he told her he didn't want the commission any longer and that she could keep the money. Then she finished the image, put a huge watermark on it and decided to start telling people that he wouldn't pay because of the watermark.

I'm not saying it's the truth, but there are two sides to every story and the commissioner says that there is evidence lending to his side being the truth.


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