November 22nd, 2011

Happy ash

When Requests go to far +Advice Please+ UPDATED.

Edit: Due to demand, I have publicly posted the name at the bottom of the entry, under the cut.

Recently I have run into one of my past Requesters accusing me of being a horrible and shameful artist due to never posting a higher quality version of a piece of work I did for him as a free request. Now I am seeking advice on this.

To explain more so:

- I do requests as breaks from commissions, and take on a 2-3 at a time in particular art styles; all are at the same quality as my current flat colour artwork. I have a small card size book that I tend to draw said requests in to keep them all in one place.
- I did not have a scanner at the time, so used my 8MP camera to take the best photos that I could, taking 2 of this particular request.
- I did these mini-requests within 3 days of accepting, and tagged each user via Facebook (all were active and replied each time).

A month or so later, this requester asked me to scan the piece for higher quality. Unfortunately I was hunting for a job and stressed on finding housing as well as finishing current commissions, I replied saying I would as soon as possible, or I could run it through Photoshop  Unfortunately I had forgotten and it slipped my mind completely.

A week or two later after his initial question, my commission account on Facebook (Akemi 'kemkem' Inukami) had been deleted due to a hacking incident. I then moved over to my normal Facebook account, adding as many people as I remember, including said requester and apologising for the inconvenience of what had happened.

Only a few days ago, said person accused me of being unreliable and slow, and a fake artist. Even going so far as to claim they paid for the work. If I could find the book I surely would update the piece to make them happy, but unfortunately packing was done in a day to move in a rush, and I must have misplaced it - I have looked high and low with no results.

Now I want advice on this. He is claiming it is paid when it is obviously not as it was a request, and since then evidence has been deleted. Do I just ride this one out or continue to plead my point? I have since dropped contact with him via Facebook as being tagged in this as the particular artist has caused unnecessary family and friendship stress on me due to this incident (Yes, my current facebook account has my family on it, and it is my joint Fur and Regular account). So now I need advice on how to continue? I have apologised and mentioned that it was only a request, and that yes it was completed for him as soon as I could.

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Taxes on Art/Fursuits/Fursuit parts/Etc

Not a beware, a seeking advise post. I've been wondering something lately, and I am willing to bet someone here knows, or at least knows how I can find out this information:

What is the policy regarding filing taxes on art? I was informed by a friend that I HAVE TO file taxes or else i'll get into huge trouble with the IRS.. and I don't want that. I was always under the impression that art, unless you made a significant amount ($1,500 or more) that you didn't need to bother, since it wasn't something the IRS was 'worried' about, then again this is what my Grandfather told me, who sells books online on Amazon, and makes a pretty decent profit doing so, but it's also his hobby.

So i'm coming here seeking advice, thanks a bunch for reading.

For specific tax information I live in the state on Illinois (since I know sometimes they differ by state, at least as far as state taxes is concerned, federal is just that.) and i'm considered independent because I live on my own, so I claimed myself on my W2 at work.