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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.

http://ebony-chan.deviantart.com/journal/15658247/

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ebony_chan
Dec. 9th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Well my my point of view from this is. The prices that are decided are up the the artist and their client. I have no right to point that artist work or their prices down. I mean for what reason? I don't know the amount of time and effort they put into that commission.
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arshes
Dec. 12th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
My overall problem after skimming through this mess
Whatever people will pay for is what they will, however it's a payment for a product they're satisfied with.

My overall problem with this thread is that Ebony made it out to make it sound like she wasn't paid at all.

She was paid partial, due to the fact her and the commissioner couldn't come to an agreement. This happens ALL THE TIME. She wasn't shafted the full 100, and even the commissioner apparently tried to pay with a personal check, for reasons she stated she couldn't accept it and the disagreement further continued.

I think it's rather poor taste to also follow the guy around on other forums saying he doesn't pay. That's not truthful, he didn't pay her the full amount she expected when they had a falling out.

She made as much as possible with the disagreement, it's fair to warn users about a possible rip off artist, but what I see is that the guy was willing to pay until they had a disagreement upon vision of the piece.

He doesn't have the original piece, he got whatever she worked on it, and she watermarked it saying "did not pay" - that's not true.

I'm just merely looking at it through a standpoint of a business matter, and see why she did get a success by splitting up the payments so she wasn't completely left in the dust when shit happens.

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