October 30th, 2009

brooklyn rage

Anyone seen CleavageAvenger???

This isnt a beware post but more of a search party!

I'm trying to find CleavageAvenger : www.furaffinity.net/user/cleavageavenger/

I commissioned him nearly 6months ago now for a cheap $12 picture (full body full colour background etc, he was just starting out) to which i did get a sketch (after a bit of nagging) but he never completed the piece. My last point of contact with him was on the 16th July 2009 to which he said the piece would be finished within a couple of days and since then i havent heard a thing! I've tried noting, and emailing using the address he has on his front page. But needless to say it was unfruitful. He had just moved around and was on a pretty unstable internet connection as far as i know. BUt looking at his gallery, uploads and faves the most recent activity (faving) was three months back.

Does anyone know where he is? I know he's not prety well known, and for that small ammount of money i should just write it off to bad experience and leave it at that. But i was pretty hard up for money at the time. and was meant to be a gift for someone close to me... needless to say i had to pay someone else out in order to get that done! It's way too late to get a refund from paypal regarding this too.

Any help would be appreciated! Or a link to where he can be found on other galleries.. if any..
Thanks!
Sugar
xxx

Question.

Okay, so... I've had this friend* who's writing a novel, and he wants me to be a part of it. I can't give specifics, but it's a teen-novel with, well, art in it. Clean, tame, cute furry art. And I said alright, not really knowing what would happen with the agreement.

He e-mails me ideas, specifics, questions, parts of the story and everything, okay, sure... I also speak to him over the phone and on MSN, and he doesn't bother me too much. No, it's not that he's bothering me about it... He just doesn't want to compensate me until -after- the book gets published. Wha...? So, I'd be doing art for him for free, while he's writing the novel. And I'd get paid -after- the book gets published.

It's not that I don't trust him, but he's not treating this deal as a buisness proposal, and it's concerning to me, as I believe he probably thinks he can get away with it because of his close status with me. :/ Should I be getting paid while this is in effect, being written and before it's published? Or once (if.) it gets published, should I be collecting royalties from him? I really don't know what to do in this situation. It's a bunch of sketches of a mock-up character he has for the character in the story, and something akin to LJ "mood" icons, and.. It sounds like a fun project, but when should I be compensated? When do I put my foot down and tell him I -need- to get compensation for my work?

I feel rather silly asking this here, but any and all comments on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

( * = He's my boyfriend. x_x )

EDIT: Thank you all a ton for all of your comments! Though I have not answered many of you on this topic, it turns out I was only an addition in the project because he thought it would be a fun thing for us to do, but failed to realize I take most art proposals as serious business ventures. :/

My payment would've been dependent upon if the book was successful, and guys - I think you misunderstood me. This novel is NOT a furry novel. It's somewhat of a teen-drama
, of a high school junior coping with being a part of the (clean) portion of the subculture, as well as dealing with an internet-persona vs. her real life and goals as a struggling artist. (However, due to the fights he and I have been in over this, I have no idea if he has any plans to further continue with it. He DID write a fully fleshed out prologue, but that was about it.)

He wanted to include my art, not in a picture-book style, but once in a great while to maybe demonstrate the girls feelings when she herself was too worn out to write up some huge "post" about how she felt or what was going on. (It would be a journal-style novel. Think Flowers For Algernon, almost.) But, this is something I just wanted to clarify.

Thank you all for your advice and help! <3