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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 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.
Dec. 9th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
There you go again. =)
Dec. 9th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)

I'm just pointing out that if you referenced it off real pictures, it's technically incorrect and seeing as the anatomy errors you made are also present in the stylised Disney Hyena. Given that apparently evidence it's not hard to see why people think you copied the disney version, whether or not they're right is something only you know but it's still fairly easy to see why people think you're not being quite truthful or that you might have subconsciously copied without being aware.
Dec. 9th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Tell me you love me please!

Look kid I gave you a crit on a picture what years ago? And yet you still have hard feelings? Get over it. =)

Now tell me you love me. =)
Dec. 9th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)

I'm trying to explain to you why people think you copied the picture. You know if you just tried reading and comprehending for once you might actually learn something.
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. :(
Dec. 9th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
I think another thing that's worth noting and isn't as apparent in the overlay is how the real hyena has several shades of brown blended together in the face, while hers and the Disney version use the same incorrect "brown circles around the eyes and mouth" appearance, as well as the same type of ears (the "inner" portion of hers/disney is concave, while the "outer" edge is convex; the opposite is true of the real picture).
Dec. 9th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)


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