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Hi.

I wanted to comment and ask your advice about my interaction with Kora. Her FA page is at http://www.furaffinity.net/user/kora/.

In mid-February she asked to comission me for a four page comic, based on the prices I had listed in my FA account. Since I wanted to come across as a nice guy and not shoot down someone's hopes of getting a comic, I initially tried to negotiate things. Since she pointed out the old and inaccurate prices I felt obliged to honor them. I agreed to do it for 'way less than I probably should have been charging. I also failed to ask for any deposit up front. Total payment would have been $15/page, or $60 had I completed the project.

During the past four months or so, she contacted me after I posted my own stuff to FA. When I presented her with four pages of tightened pencils, she requested some minor changes and one major change to p 3 (she did not make it entirely clear what exactly she wanted, and initially I thought I might have to change pp 3-4). She also turned down the revised rough for p 3, although she clarified what she wanted. I'd asked for more money to reflect the rework and she said she could throw $10 at me for it; no more, no less.

On May 24-26, she really started sending me notes. Initially she asked to cancel the project, and I confirmed that. Then she wrote to me that she was extremely offended that I had not asked to continue the project and that she considered that to be a lack of caring on my part. Then she offered me $5/page for my work so far, and I refused, partly because I felt that was a total ripoff and partly because I did not want further contact with her. (Again, she had not been charged anything at that point. I've never been paid anything for this commission).

Then someone - either her or as she claimed someone whom she'd shown the roughs - posted all four pages to FChan.

Then, in a public FA journal post, she accused me of not caring about the project, of never being in contact with her (which I consider untrue), of whining about money (I believe she was getting the bargain of the year) and of not promptly getting things done for her (again, this was basically four months; I've been told that many prepaid commissions take much longer, and have even less customer contact).

I understand that I basically brought myself a lot of this grief by not charging more and not insisting on pre-payment, and I feel bad about that, but I also feel that working with her was annoying and quickly became a real nightmare. Because she posted about me that publically in FA, I feel justified in posting about her publically here. I don't feel that her insulting, accusatory and passive-aggressive attitudes had anything to do with my doing the job (in fact, it really destroyed my interest in working on it), and I really don't appreciate the work involved in scrubbing my stuff off FChan.
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plushabilities
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wait, she canceled, and was offended that you agreed to let her?

That doesn't even make remote sense.

Also, the price she was supposed to pay was very, very low IMO. I don't see any reason for the complaints.
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hamburger
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
On May 24-26, she really started sending me notes. Initially she asked to cancel the project, and I confirmed that. Then she wrote to me that she was extremely offended that I had not asked to continue the project and that she considered that to be a lack of caring on my part.

Oh, wow. That right there is a huuuuge red flag.
lastres0rt
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
That right there is what I like to call a 'relationship headgame'. Specifically, "If You Love It, Set It Free", which is played out pretty much how it sounds like.

... it is NOT something you pull with a commission. Hell, if I were in that same situation I'd consider it rude to argue with a client as it'd be a sign of desperation on my part.
white_tean
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
To reiterate the gobsmack of the others:

She cancelled the project and then got offended by you not asking to continue the project?

If she's so unenthused as to cancel, why does she think anyone other than herself would be *more* enthused. Does she think her idea/brief/request was simply *that* brilliant?

Geez. I've known people like this, and they *really* bug me.

Also, $15 a page? That's like nothing!
westly_roanoke
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Some peopel think their ideas are the bestest in the world, and that you should feel HONORED, damn HONORED to work on their ideas...

So, when he didn't fight to work on her artwork, she took it as on offense that her idea wasn't SO WONDERFUL that he'd want to work on it....

Yeah, I've had that happen too...
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achondrite
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
That's odd O_o I'm actually doing some work for Kora as well right now (a comic and one of my ink-deals). She seems very nice and eager to work with me to make the peices come out to where we're both happy with it... and seems pretty sane as well! In fact, so far, she has been outright enjoyable to work with! Maybe what happened between you guys was a miscommunication issue or something like that... after all, some people can be the best workers or the best commissioners, but end up having a bad experience.

I know that she did take my prices from my journal for 20 flat out to mean flat color, and tried to barter a price for some colors based on that before deciding on the comics, and I've never had someone barter before, but she was very polite about it oO
plushabilities
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe she learned from her experience?

Even the suckiest customers have their good moments. Especially if they lose out on something because of their suckyness.
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wishingponastar
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
What's funny is if you read through the comments on her journal entry where-in she bashes the hell out of you, Kora, she thinks you are an art-slave, and the instant your own life, your own wants come into play, you're a bad bad artist, and should have no life what-so-ever.

One thing I wish all these commissioners would understand, is this. We as artists, have lives, and when something comes up, we're not going to drop everything for your art to be finished, specially if somethings stressing us out at home.

You made 80+ something posts of art within the four months, so she says, and if so, really it's no big deal. I can agree to some personal art, after all, you should be allowed as much. The number is not what matters, what matters is you're a human, just like the rest of us.

Not a fucking art-slave.
kora_atlass
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
XD

I have commissions of my own to tend to ( over 40 pages worth ). I understand people have lives, but I at least expect the common courtesy of having my messages replied to rather than ignored, something Leu here forgot to mention.
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xianjaguar
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ugh.
After reading her journal, and seeing your side of the story, and with the knowledge that she paid NO money down whatsoever, I see that you sir, really got walked on.

I can't believe she had the gall to whine when she didn't even put any money down, not even a small good-faith deposit.
You really should have asked for a deposit up front, but yeah, you know that now.

Sorry you had to deal with such an awful commissioner. :/
kora_atlass
Jun. 1st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Hum...*taps her chin* if I'm awful, then why would I offer money for the provided sketches even after the commission fell through?
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digivolution
Jun. 1st, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
What a hypocrite. Sorry you had to deal with an ungrateful person :/
celestinaketzia
Jun. 1st, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Blah, that's silly. I read both entries and feel like she completely took advantage of you.
fix_the_spade
Jun. 1st, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Have you kept any of your notes/emails?

Since both of you are claiming to be saints, it would be nice to see what was actually said and who's done what.
fix_the_spade
Jun. 1st, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Although on balance, it looks like she's ripped you.
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lastres0rt
Jun. 1st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
And all this aside, posting the incomplete, not-even-paid-for commission on FCHAN?!

>_< What nerve... Even if she didn't do it, I bet it was a ploy to try and guilt you into continuing or somethin'.
sunhawk
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
My favourite part of her journal was the response:"The pages were not free since I spent time and hopes on you just for you to flush it down the drain. "

TIME AND HOPES! *LOL* Man I hate draining my hope account dry like that!

It sounds like you need a pre-set explanation of your redraw policies to avoid this in the future. It can be difficult mid-stream to ask customers for more money for redraws, it can come across as blackmail. But I don't blame you for stopping the commission when the commissioner told you to quit. It looks like that was an attempt to guilt-trip you into finishing it, obviously she's mad it failed.

Edited at 2008-06-01 11:02 pm (UTC)
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pinkpuppybelly
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
I now know to avoid this person. :3
kora_atlass
Jun. 2nd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Whee! I love drama! Well...actually, I don't

Anyway, say what you want, it won't change anything. Diving in the whole "He said, she said" business can be tricky, so be careful on who you trust. I have plenty of other artists to back me up that I'm extremely reasonable and generous to the people I'm doing business with.

All in all, it simply broke down to miscommunication, be it on his part or mine

Also, for those of you that think I "ripped him off", I did not. I offered him pre payment and he declined. After the commission fell through, I offered $20 for the sketches where it was $60 for the inks, and the $10 offer for his rough sketch was still standing...which would have brought the sum up to $30 for the sketches.

Yep...I ripped him off alright, ripped him off by offering to pay then being turned down on both my offers

*shrugs*
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spiffystuff
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Well Kora's definitely being a bit of a dick here, what with being vague about what they want and whining even though they effectively got free art.

But, well, it sounds like you tried to be "honorable" by agreeing to prices you did not like, then treated the deal as a second-rate commission, taking lots of time and not talking to the commissioner much*. Sorry but no wonder Kora got a bit frustrated :/

... then again she hadn't actually paid you anything so she doesn't really have any right to claim "poor customer service" because she isn't a customer!

I guess the point is don't take commissions you feel are too low for you, because in the end it isn't very honorable or fair to either of you.

*I'm a comic artist and yes I know how long comics take, but 4 months for pencils seems a bit much, although I admittedly don't know what your usual speed is nor whether you made it clear what the timeframe was
kora_atlass
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
No time frame was given. I asked him to work at his leisure, but still at a reasonable rate. I waited 6 months on my commission from Naga, and we kept regular contact no problem, and it didn't bother me.

What bothered me, on top of being ignored, is the fact that he drew, inked, and even colored some nearly 80 pictures since the commission was planned out. I'm sorry, but even not having paid up front ( which again, was because he declined pre payment ) is ridiculous
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oceandezignz
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
... WHY was there a cancellation and WHY did the images get all buggered up into bits and put on freaking FCHAN.

These are shenanigans I cannot comprehend and I see the party in question here not answer why those two events occurred, only that there was a small bit of monetary compensation for work given after pointing out and insisting on OLDER commission prices.

While the latter is 'okay' - it only goes so far.

Screw redraw clauses and the like. Make a 'if you bugger up/cancel/act a dirtbag/treat me unfairly/put my art on a *chan sans my blessing' clause that if they DO any of that - you get to post about them here and they can't 'defend' themselves in a manner that's epically failtastic.

Oh and you throw them an invoice for your time wasted. 60% of the original cost for internet shenanigans sounds perfectly decent to me~
paka
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
There was a cancellation because she felt I was taking too long and didn't show her stuff enough consideration. That's fair; she was and is very upset at me, which is uncomfortable but that sort of thing happens right? I figured that "I don't want you working on my project" meant "I want you to stop working on my project."

I just wanted to forget about the mess and move on. She did offer me compensation, but I didn't take it partly because it was too low, and partly because I didn't want any further contact with her. When she badmouthed me and the FChan stuff happened, I figured I needed to go join Artists_Beware and post my side of the story, before she showed up and slammed me here.
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