October 26th, 2011


Tim Hutchings, verything is dolphins . is it true?

I got a note on DA from Tim Hutchings, for a book."everything is dolphins". is this this safe? a scam? there were supposed to be links in the note, but they just said [link]

Hey there,

My name is Tim Hutchings, I'm working on a project called "Everything is Dolphins". It's an art book which uses a mixture of different sorts of artists, collecting artwork from them on the theme of "underwater dolphin adventure". The accompanying text is an RPG game called "Everything is Dolphins".

Here's a similar project I did a while ago:


I'm interested in including your above artwork in the project.

Just to let you know that I'm serious about this: I'm a professional artist. I have representation with a fancy NYC gallery, the I-20 Gallery (i-20.com). I've shown around the world, lectured and taught at universities, etc. The last project I did like this turned into a show at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. There will almost definitely be a book release party in a gallery somewhere in NYC for this project.

The book will be printed in cover, and should be a hardback 8.5" x 11" in size.

Participation FAQ:
Does this cost me anything? No, of course not.
Do I get paid? Nope, this isn't that sort of thing - none of the artists are getting paid. You will get a free copy of the book, though.
What do I need to do? You need to get a high res file of the artwork to hutchingsonian@gmail.com by November 15th. If it's larger than 10mb, use dropbox or wetransfer.com
What else do I need to do? When you confirm participation, I'll send you a contract. I'll need you to sign and send it back to me by Nov 15th as well. If you are under 18, you'll need to have a parent or guardian sign it.
If I do all this am I guaranteed to be in the book? Actually, no. There's a slight chance that any artwork might be bumped out of the project when layout starts.
Will you change my artwork at all? Probably not. There's a chance that text might get laid over part of it, or that very slight croppings might occur. If anything egregious occurs I'll get your approval before printing.
Why are you doing this again? The book itself is an art project, the whole game of the book is to curate together an interesting group of image makers who may or may not be professional artists, who may or may not be trained to make art, but all of whom have managed to hit an awesome button somewhere in the back of my brain. If I'm sending this to you, it's because something I saw of yours on DeviantArt stuck with me.

(email removed on request)


tim h

is this something or not what it is?
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Advice needed about commissioner

Hi everyone! I’m a total newbie when it comes to commissions so I am seeking some advice for dealing with a client I have.

Basically, my client has commissioned me for a waist-up colored sketch. We have agreed on a price for this, and since he does not have a paypal I told him I would accept a gift card. I would complete the sketch and once he approved it, he would mail the gift card to me and I would finish coloring the picture.

Right now I am in the process of revising the sketch for this guy. I sent him the initial sketch I did, and he asked me to add many more bells and whistles on to it that wasn’t included in the description of his character. He also asked for a background and wanted many changes done to his character that weren’t clearly stated in his reference (no proper visual reference and his grammar is absolutely awful). My picture is also now going past the waist to accommodate an incredibly detailed belt

I did these changes and sent him the revised sketch, and he wants me to edit it even further (including undoing changes I have made in the last revision lol). I still have yet to receive any payment, and I feel that the price we agreed upon is simply too little for all of the details I’ve added.

He said he will not get paid until November 1st (a disability check nonetheless) and had I known any of this I would not have taken the commission. He is also overloading my inbox with many notes per day and is sharing way too much personal information with me.

I told him I will no longer be changing his sketch until I get the gift card for the price we agreed upon, but at this point I am feeling uncomfortable and overwhelmed with this client. I am unsure whether or not I should continue, or if it is appropriate for me to ask for more money.


EDIT: Am I allowed to edit? lol

The person is Mattmayhem/salemgrim

I want up upload these screenshots of our notes

I sent this note to him after making this beware post. The bottom note is a small portion of his contradictions.

His new FA account. Watch out for salemgrim

a list of all the notes he sent me. There are small snippets of character detail and description in each one, which made it impossible to get the character right, especially when he kept changing his mind. Asking him to cut back on sending notes was no use. All the he notes sent on the same day were all sent at the same time.

EDIT again: Just got these lovely notes after cancelling on him:

Advice On Overcharged Shipping

I'm in need of a little advice.

I recently purchased a pre-made fursuit partial from a seller (who I will not name at the moment). I was charged $35 to ship this within the US, and paid the amount in full straight away.

Now, the package has arrived and the amount stickered on the box is $10.74. It had delivery confirmation which is like...70 cents? The box was an old reused box, and the packing was just wadded up shopping bags. Clearly no money was spent on packaging at all.

I want to ask: is this fair or decent business practice? I find it very dishonest and scammy. Certainly I don't expect the price to be the exact total on the box but this is WAY over. I know the auction didn't end for as much as the seller would like, but I don't think that's any excuse either.

This isn't the only problem I've had with this seller either. I originally sent the full total right after receiving the shipping quote - the auction total plus the shipping, as asked for. The seller then replied to me "you forgot the Paypal fee. You owe me [about]$17, send that too". I was obviously taken aback as this was mentioned nowhere and it's against the Paypal ToS. It took a fair bit of arguing to have this Paypal fee dropped, even after a threat to "just include it in the shipping" (which would have bumped the shipping up a further $17!). Those quotes are paraphrased but very close to the originals, by the way.

At this point I really want to complain to the seller about this but I'd rather hear some opinions on it first - as well as what might be a good thing to say if I do raise the issue. Thanks!

Edit: I may as well add in that this person has been featured on A_B several times, including very recently. Sadly the recent post appeared after I had purchased and paid, and I hadn't seen the old tag, or I may have thought twice about buying. :/ I have now emailed them asking about the charges to see what answer they give me.
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Tracing: Legitimate Artistic Practice or Outright Cheating?

Members, I present to you the be-all and end-all discussion post on tracing, heavy referencing, and the benefits or evils thereof. This can be about the use of legitimate source material, such as photos you took and stock that specifies free and unlimited use, or it can be about using whatever one finds on a Google search.

Feel free to quote copyright laws, court decisions, link to (in)famous artists, and describe your own use (or non-use) of tracing. Share whether you'd commission someone who traces, and why or why not.


The reasoning for this post is that almost every post about an artist tracing tends to devolve into a back-and-forth of "tracing is good", "no, it's cheating".

Therefore, we mods decided to have a general discussion about it, where everyone can share their viewpoints on the matter.

After this date, this specific topic will no longer be allowed in any post reporting an artist for tracing. We will freeze any threads that start discussing this and redirect them to this post. This is to help the posts stay on topic (whether the person is tracing), not whether tracing is good or bad.