August 1st, 2011

Advice Needed! @_@


Hi there!

I’m new to this place, but I’ve been lurking around for a while, and now I come to you for advice.

I commissioned an artist off of Deviantart when she made the announcement that she was going to close her commissions indefinitely. I paid her in full. The only thing is that this has been over a year ago (I commissioned her in May of 2010). This artist also happens to be extremely popular which is why I’ve been hesitant to say something about this directly to her.

My issue is not that it’s taken over a year for her to do my plush (she’s only barely started on it), but what she’s been doing in the meantime. When she posted her last call for commissions before she closed, she did warn that she has a long queue and it would take a while for plushes to be completed. She also stated that she would not be taking any more trades and that paid work gets priority over trades. Plus, she honestly does not seem like the type of person who would just randomly disappear on me with my money. So I was prepared to wait for a while for the plush to begin with.

However, during the year of the time period that I’ve waited, she’s made several different plushes for one friend as just either gifts or trades, who happens to be a moderator of a community that I am a part of which has also deterred me from mentioning anything. I JUST saw a discussion between the two in which they agreed to do a trade where the plush would be done by September which is in around a month.

I’m aware that she has her own work on the side, and she has a right to do what she will with her friends, so plushes will take a bit,  but I’m just a bit frustrated that she’s made at least 5+ plushes for this person as either gifts/trades when her queue is more than 50., and these people have been waiting for at least a year AND most of them have paid her in full. If she can get those plushes done for her friend within weeks, surely she can make a plush within a good time frame for her line of commissioners?

I’m at a loss for what to do or say. So I just wanted to know what the community’s stance is on this situation, since I’m not really sure what the “rule” is when it comes to commissioners and their personal transactions with their friends and then transactions with customers.

Thank you ;o;


pant

Missing Contact - Kouri / inkinferno / luchino / hachigen

 I really feel like I should post this here since this person is not responding to my notes on FA and I have yet to see the commissions I have paid for. I also in a way, kinda feel silly for posting this here since I only paid her $4.

WHO:
Kouri / inkinferno on FurAffinity.net
 
WHERE:
 
Other accounts:
 
I commissioned Kouri on FurAffinity via this journal:
 
 
WHAT:
I commissioned Kouri for two $2 fullbody pictures.
 
WHEN:
April 13, 2011
 
PROOF:
Screencap of her accepting my payment in the journal:
 
 
Screencap of my Paypal receipt:
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I am just confused on what I should do. She has not responded to my recent note, and she has not been active on the inkinferno account since June. She has not posted any new submissions and I have not seen any of the commissions she has taken posted anywhere. It seems like she abandoned ship. I had no choice but to post this here since she appears to have gone inactive and I hope she sees this and manages to do the work she was paid to do.
dandelion

Eclypse/Leathurkatt sold me art she drew for someone else...

Edit: Got a DA account, sent her a note and gave her two page shouts... she ignored me. I can see she's responded to other people, and to one of them she said she wishes the trolls would shut up. >_<

THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF: http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/390145.html#cutid1

WHO:
Eclypse of FA / Leathurkatt on DA

WHERE:
http://leathurkatt.deviantart.com/
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/eclypse/

WHAT:
A Celtic pawprint badge costing $15 and paid for with cash and in person. I had the understanding that it was traditional, but I don't have proof of that.

WHEN:
I paid for it in November of 2009. The last I heard from her until this summer was in September of 2010, saying she would finish the badge and also try to send me at least $10. Then, on June 23rd, 2011, she sent me the... "finished product" in an FA note.

EXPLAIN:
This started out as a situation involving an artist who was ridiculously flaky and bad at communication and never showed me any proof that she'd worked on my art. You can read about this part in the previous A_B entry about her. I had pretty much given up on her.

Then she sent me the finished product in June 2011. It looked NOTHING like what I'd asked for. I wanted a paw with the colors magenta, purple, and blue and some Celtic hearts worked into the design. I also asked for a name and paid for a solid-color background. But I was just so sick of dealing with her that I didn't bother responding at all.

A few weeks later, I looked at the image again and got suspicious. It appeared to be a recolor of another badge in her gallery, and the file name of mine had "cougar" in it. I looked at her commission queue and saw that another person had commissioned her for a cougar paw. I contacted this person, and it turns out the artist sent both of us the exact same image, which had been drawn for the other person's trade a year and a half ago. The image in Eclypse's gallery is a recolor of the paw she drew for the trade, not the other way around.

I should have realized right away she was a liar. When she sent me the completed image, she claimed that she finished the artwork, then lost it, and thought she'd have to start over again. The file she "lost" had been created in January of 2010. Well, in September of 2010, she claimed that she had the lines done and just needed to finish it.

The person who traded with Eclypse has been in contact with Eclypse on DA. I don't have the details of their conversation, but I know Eclypse has been extremely immature and rude. Eclypse claimed that she sent me the wrong image, then said what she did was completely acceptable, then blocked the person. I will let said person know about this A_B post, in case she wants to add anything to it.

I myself have not been in touch with Eclypse. I sent her a note on FA saying, "Over a year and a half since I commissioned you, and still all I get is the same exact image you made for someone else. Wow." She has not read it. If she doesn't respond here, I'll have to resort to getting a DA account, because she is obviously active there. I have no interest in her art after this mess and plan to demand a refund. I don't want to get a DA account just to chase after her but that seems to be my option.

PROOF:
In this gallery I have screenshots of the paw she sent me, the traced paw from her gallery, key parts of our conversation, her price list, and her queue. http://pics.livejournal.com/paula_mino/gallery/00008qs8 I hope this is an okay way to share the images.