September 3rd, 2008

for the swarm!


How's it going guys? I wanted to ask about the ethics of some behavior of forum members and how to handle them accordingly.

<lj-cut text="Case One! Style Drama!">
One forum member was offering free story requests, and I liked his writing, so I asked him "Hey, your stuff is really nice, might I be able to trade ya for a some artings". The guy humbly accepts and all is well in the mushroom kingdom. He private messages me to discuss his fursona's appearance and was wondering if I could do it yiffy.

I kindly told him no because I live with my sister, her husband and their kid and most of the times when I'm drawing, they're home and I'm not gonna risk it.

So whatever, he had no problem. I got on my half within the next couple days and finished it pretty quickly. I then host it on imageschack (or tinypic, can't remember) and sent it to the guy. It was his dragon fursona nude (nothing showing) lying on a bed, looking kinda suggestive. But nothing over a PG-13 rating. Anyway, when I give it to the guy, he says something along the lines of "it's good, but too toony". I kept it semi-toony because that's whatI fee l makes me most comfortable drawing and gives the best result.

Needless to say, I was pretty insulted. I asked him if there was anything in particular I could do to change it since I still had the WPB file (yeah, openCanvas user, represent~!) and all he responded with was "Make it less toony". Yep. No "Can you make it look a tad more realistic?" or anything nice like that. That pretty much upset me. He should have known beforehand that I have a toony style as I post my artwork frequently in the sharing art section of the forum. But all of that aside, I told him "Maybe next time if I draw for you I'll keep that in mind, but there's nothing I can do to fix that without COMPLETELY starting over.".

Do you guys know of a better way to handle the situation, or did I do the right thing?

<lj-cut text="Case 2, BOTHERBOTHERBOTHER!!!!">

So the friend of the guy I drew for wants in on my art too. Awesome. He offers to make me a cool song on FruityLoops and is nice enough to send me WIP shots. Finishes it in 6 hours. Awesometacular! I was very happy with the result.

Now, the guy's request is a fairly complicated one. With a full background, 2 characters and stuff. I had a couple commissions at the time and lots of IRL errands to run, so I told him I'd try to get it to him by the end of this past weekend.

But whenever I did get online on MSN, he'd bug me for the sketch. One time he pestered me while I was doing an online driver's course for my sister (I was online to tell ask someone an important question). He understands, but every day since, he's been hounding me about it. And on Sunday he asked for it again, when I was in -no- mood to draw because my boyfriend is going to Iraq (he left today) and I was trying to deal with it. Now I'm trying to ake care of other personal matters, so I havent been able to relly touch my tablet.

I'm still in a kind of shitty mood about my boyfriend leaving, but in case this guy hounds me again, how should I handle it? (it hasn't been a week yet and he wants a fully rendered drawing with 2 characters and a bg)
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