April 24th, 2011

Tap that ass

Artist: DCrabbit

This is actually my first time posting here (and hopefully my last). I really hate resorting to this, as I am the type of guy not to want anything bad happen to them. However, this has gone on too long and something needs to be done once and for all.

WHO: DCRabbit

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dcrabbit/

WHAT: A commission drawing featuring his female character Busty, my character (Rockin), and Doral's character. (It was a NSFW type of commission)

WHEN:  We spoke about it last year on Feb. 15, as well as paid for it on that said day. He said the payment was 40 dollars. i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww204/RockinTH2009/DCProof.jpg

EXPLAIN:  I have asked DCRabbit one day to please make a commission (Remember, it was a NSFW type of art commission), due to the fact I was a bit intrigued of his art style and how he drew some of the characters. Once the payment was made, I began my wait.

Normally, when it comes to commissions, I'm fairly patient as long as I know there's been some progress made. I can be understanding if a situation on their side arose, as everyone should deal with their life problem before worrying about their customers. I feel I should give the artist the same type of respect I should expect them to give to me.

Two months have passed and I decided to prod him slightly, wondering if he has done any progress. I was actually able to get a response from him (he explained he got a bit of black mold poisoning at his place, and thus why commissions were going a bit slow). I understood and let him be. I've also been told that he said he'll work on it as soon as he can.

I've soon noticed that it seems, from certain times, he has some sort of illness on him. I figured it wasn't too serious, seeing as he still draws from time to time (and has been doing commissions with no problem. I decided to just relax and see how things go.

On June, a few weeks before Anthrocon 10 , I gave him a prod wondering if my commission was done. Sadly, I didn't get a response. However, I was thrilled to see DCrabbit in person at an artist alley table (this all happened on friday, mind you). I asked him in person if the commission was done, and he said it was! There was only one problem: my commission was in his car, and he forgot it. He said he'd give it to me tomorrow. Next day, saturday, I arrive at his table again and....he explained he forgot the commission in his car...and that he'd give to me on sunday for sure. Sunday comes...and I don't even see the guy. I wondered what happened to him, and I don't believe I remember anyone telling me what happen.

When I got home on Sunday, I saw this on his journal http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1508489/ Turns out his body starts to fail on him and he bails out of the con so as to make himself feel better. I'm glad that he was alright, at least.

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I didn't want to have to resort to this, due to his condition and all, but something has to be done...=/

 EDIT1: Okay, someone suggested I look through the info of his address on Paypal so I can make a small claim case on him. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it (not sure if I'm doing this right. I went to the transaction log and don't seem to find his info), Even now, I send him notes and he doesn't seem to respond to them (while at the same time, updating his journals). There's a fair chance I'll see him this year at Anthrocon 11.

My only question is what to do from that point WITHOUT making a big ruckus out of it? I don't care whether he gives me a refund or if he gives me the picture at this point. I just want it done and done.

ludicrousy/furensicsstudios update

remember this? probably not http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/418636.html

well after missing so many deadlines its finally done and i have it right now! there are a few issues though. some very visible seams, mostly on the feet and hands. and some glue clumps. specifically on the head but i cleaned it up. as well as that its a bit tight in the crotch area but i may have gained some weight since commissioning her and i can fix that myself.

other than that? the suit is beautiful. i LOVE it. Im glad that she cleaned her act because shes a very nice person. im not sure if id say anyone should commission her though because of the headache she caused though.

so please mods mark that entry as resolved, thanks!
Fall by Grandioze

Coming Soon: General Advice Posts

I am proud to be a member and moderator of a community which has an astounding number of resourceful, knowledgeable, and helpful members. By sharing your advice and experiences, you have helped countless artists and commissioners over the years. While advice posts aren't the primary reason this community was formed, I think they contribute to its purpose by preventing issues from escalating to the point of a 'beware'.

In the community guidelines, we request that people who make an advice post browse through the previous posts to see if their issue has come up before. However, this is a tedious and often fruitless task. We have a lot of advice posts, and they are all tailored to the OP's specific situation. For someone with a similar (but not identical) situation, gleaning advice from the comments in these posts is a monumental task. 

So, we are going to do something different.

Every other week, a moderator will make a post about a different topic. Then y'all can comment with your advice. Also, if you recall someone (including yourself) making a particularly helpful comment related to this topic in a previous advice post, please link to the comment (or you can copy-paste if it's your comment originally).   You can also link to entire posts that match this topic. 

The purpose of this is to create a library of advice to which we can point people who submit advice posts, and to which people can refer as needed.  We will still allow advice posts that don't necessarily fit into our general posts.

For our list of topics, so far we have:

What do I do if I am featured in artists_beware ? (this will be the very first one, the others are in no particular order)
How much should I charge for my art? Done
Copyright:  What are my rights as an artist?
Copyright:  What are my rights as a commissioner?
Copyright:  What do I do when someone wants the rights to my image?
Copyright:  The do's and don't's of referencing from photos and other art.
Copyright vs. Trademark
What should my contract include?
What should I put in my terms of service?
How long should I wait until I ask for my money back/warn about this person?
What printing services have you used and would you recommend them to someone else?
Someone wants me to do a comic/sequential art, how much do I charge/should I treat it differently than a regular commission?
How do you handle when someone wants corrections/repairs/fixes?
Very general "How to get along with artists"/"How to get along with commissioners".
What do I do if my art is stolen?
What's the best way to ship my art?
What do I do if the item I mailed didn't arrive?
How do I help ensure an international shipment arrives (safely)?
Websites/resources to help artists.
Good business practices.
Techniques for organization and keeping track of commissions.
How do taxes work with regards to commission income?  (Must keep in mind the advice there will be country-dependent.)
How long should I keep the art and how should I store it? (Digital or real media.)
Emergency commissions:  do I jump on the good deal or let it pass?
What do I do when an emergency comes up and I can't work on commissions/send my payment?
What do I do when I need to do a chargeback or do a PayPal dispute?
What do I do when someone issues a PayPal dispute or chargeback on me?
What do I do when my commissioner/artist disappears? 
Are there measures I can take to make it harder to steal my online art?
Someone wants a pic of someone else's character (with their character or as a gift).  How do I make sure it's legit?
Books? How much to charge for the images, and how to have a conversation with an author who is most likely not educated in how the art world works.

Any other suggestions for topics that get asked a lot?

(p.s.  Kudos go to kayla_la  for this awesome idea!)

EDIT:  Adding topics as they are suggested so we don't get repeats.

EDIT 2:  We mods are just posting the topic; the advice will be in the comments.
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A Year of Waiting

WHO: SpazzyKoneko. Also known as TequilaPink

WHERE: www.furaffinity.com/user/spazzykoneko
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/tequilapink/

WHAT: Digital Art. “Blind draw” commission of two characters in a story I'm writing. I still have the original commission information, though it's not very relevant at this point.

WHEN: I initially contacted Spazzy on April 11th, 2010. She contacted me with a response on April 20th. All of the following conversations are dated, please check those for more details.
I paid for my commission on April 27th, 2010. I have not heard from her since.

PROOF: Everything is dated. I did block out my email address and other personal information (artist name, etc.). Because the artist's email address is on her FA profile I did not blank that out.

Initial commission inquiry and FA note exchange:
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/2270/fanotes.jpg

First email not included (it's just commission information).
Spazzy response:
http://img852.imageshack.us/img852/1236/spazzy10a.jpg

My response, letting her know payment has been sent: 
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/8310/spazzy15a.jpg

After this I didn't get a response. No contact from author. A month and a half later I sent the following email:
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/1589/spazzy12.jpg

Sent her a note on FA:
http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/310/spazzy16b.jpg

Sent this email a month ago:
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/8644/spazzy11.jpg

Proof of payment:
http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/7920/spazzypayment.jpg

Spazzy has updated her FA page in the ensuing months to advertise that she's open for commissions. You can check her page (http://www.furaffinity.net/user/spazzykoneko/ ) for proof of that; it's all in her journals. She has not said anything about old commissions in the past few months.

EXPLAIN: Spazzy accepted a commission from me. I paid her on April 27th, 2010. Since I paid I have not heard back from her, though she has continued to post that she is open for commissions. I sent her numerous emails and one FA note inquiring as to the status of my commission; she has refused to respond. Her FA page has complaints from other people that haven't received art, and her journals are also full of dissatisfied commissioners clamoring for refunds or questions as to what happened.



EDIT 5/2/11: Spazzy has just posted a journal on FA about finishing her outstanding commissions or giving refunds. I have just sent my email to her with the commission information, and once the issue is resolved I'll be sure to let everyone know.


EDIT 5/4/11: I have received my piece of art from SpazzyKoneko. I am more than pleased with it - it's fantastic. Glad to have gotten it.