January 31st, 2013

  • deaglen

Beware: That1cyclops (Resolved)

I am new to posting on livejournal so if there is anything wrong with my submission just let me know! Thanks~

WHO: That1cyclops/mii/Agenthooves/Deerknight

WHERE http://www.furaffinity.net/user/that1cyclops  http://deerknight.tumblr.com/

WHAT: Art Trade

WHEN: Agreement was made in late September 2012

Initial Contact:

Agreement: Deerknight (That1cyclops on FA) and I agreed to a trade approximately 4 months ago (it's going on 5 now that it's February). The agreement was a one character image each, I was to draw their character Pastel, and they were to draw my character Liam. As you can see I finished shortly after our agreement:http://www.furaffinity.net/full/8850846/

EXPLAIN: Firstly, I want to preface this by saying I work fast, and I believe in being timely. I take my trades as seriously as my commissions. I open trades and requests frequently and usually take 5-10  people and have always finished EVERYTHING within the span of a month.

I have four people who currently owe me work and I have have been going around crossing them off the list, tying my loose ends if you will. Deerknight was one of them. I sent them thi https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/Note1.png ote on January 23rd asking if they ever intended to finish their half. I checked to see if they had opened the note shortly after and found that they had, but did not give a response. When I went to their page I saw that they had unwatched me, and emptied their accoun https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/Deadaccount.png. They also changed their tumblr url so I was unable to find them https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/DeadTumblr.png ortunately, I had the foresight to screencap everything I thought may be important.

I sent them a second note on FA with a warning that I would be posting them here if they did not respond to m https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/Note2.png t has yet to be opened https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/Note2Unopened.png
Through luck a friend had their new url, which I might add was changed ONE day after I sent them the initial note about the trade https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/NameChange.png hey claim that they changed it on a whim, and maybe that is true, but I think it's rather fishy they changed it the day after I sent out the first note. I then sent them a note on Tumblr, the same I had sent in the second note on FA https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/TumblrNote1.png n their response they deny ever seeing the first note (though it was clearly opened https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/Note1Opened.png nd say they unfollowed me because I unfollowed them on tumblr.

For a time I was following them on tumblr, but unfollowed shortly after because they made too many personal posts, and I really just wanted to see their art. I did not unfollow them on FA though , and am in fact still watching them. I had also bookmarked their art tag on tumblr, so I could see anything they did not post to FA. Maybe when they saw I had unfollowed them they went about unwatching me everywhere, I cannot sa Anyways, I can't tell if in their response to my note on tumblr they are genuinely confused or not. Again, they had opened my first note before this so I think they are trying to cover themselves. They also proceeded to make THREE very passive-aggressive posts about me on their tumblr:

Which were deleted by the next day. Now I was willing to let them go, again all I wanted was a simple reason, maybe even an apology. But this is just childish and rude.
In my next note I tried to clear things up and explain what A_B was https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27734475/A_B%20Post/Final%20Note.png

And then they sent me a second response that seems more genuine. I will excuse anyone who is having medical problems of course, a person's health must come first. However, I think that in all this time they could have at least contacted me and informed me that they were unable to finish their half. It is not my responsibility to keep tabs on another person's personal life. Not to mention they have been making plenty of personal art. That is why I waited to contact them until now, I figured one day I'd log in and it would be in my inbox. I don't think they ever got around to doing any of the art they owed though, and after awhile I realized that it wasn't going to happen and that's how all of this came about. I don't really want anything from them now, it's too little too late. But this will serve as a warning in case they ever do decide to open for trades or commissions again.

Update 1:

Deerknight contacted me last night, they sent me two messages:


I sent them this in response (I answered privately so I was unable to screenshot it, though I also sent the message to a mod): All I wanted was for you to take the initiative to contact me and tell me whether you would do it or not. I should not have had to track you down, and I didn't deserve the response you gave me when I finally did find you. But you were rude, and you were sneaky, and I think you were just hoping I'd forget about it. I really would have let this go if you hadn't thrown a tantrum on your tumblr, but it's too late now. I can't remove the post from A_B because it's against the rules, but if you do your half I can get it marked as resolved. I like your style a lot, I enjoy your art, and I was really looking forward to getting a piece from you! But if not, let's just go our separate ways.

Update 2:

Deerknight sent me a followup message:


I sent them a link to my Character Hub which has several references and the following message: (Again, I answered privately so I was unable to screenshot it)

And listen, I'm sorry that this escalated the way it did. I will mark it resolved when you send me the piece, and if you post it to tumblr I'll be sure to recommend to all of my followers that they go take a look at your art. You are really very talented! I look forward to seeing what you come up with~

Update 3: Deerknight has sent me their piece in a VERY timely manner and it's lovely


Consider this resolved!

  • tilo

In need of auction advice...

Hello A_B!

I've joined the growing trend of running auctions within my journal on Furaffinity. I do realize that hosting auctions in this manner is far more 'dangerous' than running it on, oh lets say, ebay or it's furry equivalents. Up until today its run very smoothly. Last night I had an auction end with the highest bidder being an anon account. There was activity and the account had been open since March of 2011. I didn't think too much of it, I've had anon bidders before. In the past I've received a reply from the highest bidder with in 24 hours. This time nothing.They haven't even read the note yet. Now, this auction wasn't exactly very active. I had two bids, the first bid and the winning bid.  At this point the anon account is starting to raise red flags. I do a little digging and find out that the winning bidder's account is the first bidders old account. Again, it took a lot of digging but I found this out through their 'mates' submission posts. I screenshot everything just in case.

My question to you guys is what should I do. First and foremost I allow one week for payment to be sent for the commission, but given the circumstances I don't know if I should bother waiting that long before I post a beware. And given the 'rough' nature of hosting makeshift auctions on FA is that something I should even bother posting here? What should I do now?


Some questions from a writer-turned-artist:

1. Can I use a pseudonym on business cards, or at public exhibits (like a library art exhibit)? I know it's legal and acceptable for writers, but I'm not sure about artists. I hate my real name and really don't want anyone calling me that; I can't do initials because I hate both first and last, and having only a username on a card just looks weird imo.

2. There are many critique groups for writers, both online and local groups. So far I haven't seen anything like this for artists. Art sites are primarily for posting art rather than critique, so asking there is not very fruitful. Are there any groups or communities anywhere whose primary focus is critique?