August 5th, 2014

Advice needed on a tricky situation!

Ok i'm going to keep this kinda vague cause there are a lot of people involved..

Just a little over a year ago I opened up for a big car deck!

Like i'm talking each card in a standard deck of card has a character, each person get's their own  full deck of cards for every card the bought, plus a larger tarot sized card for a badge of the card/s so they would have this nice nice large badge in these really nice hard plastic card casings I found.

I was and still am excited for the project! Issue is..  Shortly after the project i got in a car accident and lost my unborn child, car i just put a new engine in really hydroplaned into a tree and my husband(driving), infant son and I hit a tree going about 45-50 and rolled over the barrier into the oncoming traffic.. Really nasty accident i had a major concussion, fractured sternum and buses in so many places including bones in my wrist they irradiated me 3 times to check for internal bleeding cause i was pined in car as it crushed under it's weight upside down. I was extremely emotionally distraught for close to a few months and was in no condition to work on anything... Once i was able to work my working computer had issues it was just one thing after another :/ Everyone understood who contacted me and I'm still grateful for their understanding. Now once i was all ready and able to start work like I got a new drawing unit and every thing for the project. I contacted EVERYONE yes i sent 50 ish notes out to inform all these people that Hey I'm starting work back up, please set up a time slot for me to work i wanna get this project under way type thing if you have any changes you want done let me know now.... Well a HUGE chunk of these people never even read the note or respond at all and it's been months and months now.

Now I have some of these cards completely done.Ton's of sketches and wips issue is What do I do about these people who have not replied or even read my message?

Now with my TOS you can find here:
http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/4556089/

Do i treat this as one large commission based on the fact the completed project is not complete with out all participants? or treat all cards as each individual commission?
I mean most of the slot's where only 12 - 25usd and just about all slot's that where bid on extremely hard are completely done... A good chunk of  these cards just need to be printed... I can't Print the decks till i have all the cards done...

I just don't know what I should do at this point.

Any idea's on how to figure this out?

I have few idea's on how to proceed but I could really use some suggestions on how to handle this one.

Thank you in advance for your time!

gamegrumps piptoons

Reference Blanks Compilation?

I'm looking for advice and opinions on a project I'm doing for fun in my own time, an online download of free to use character reference blanks. I'm currently compiling a large organized folder with every free to use reference sheet blank I can find on the internet for anthros, humans, and ferals of all species and variety. I am dividing the files in easy to navigate folders, sorted by species, then by either anthro, feral, NSFW, or any other relevant subcategory. I would be uploading different versions of the compressed folders as well for those who are only interested in a certain species. Examples: A compressed folder with everything, a compressed folder just for wolves, a folder just for cats, a folder just for mythical species, etc. I thought this might be a great use for artists and commissioners alike. While there are large lists on the net with links to various free to use lineart reference sheet blanks (http://furnation.com/forums/topic/14...e-lineart-list), they are not actively updated it seems, and many of the links become broken and unusable.

I want it to be heavily emphasized that I am only downloading and storing files for reference blanks from submissions where the artist has specifically stated in the description of the line art that the art is free to use, as long as the watermark is not removed, no profit is made from the art, and proper credit is given to the artist. To ensure that the original artist of each file is easily identifiable to users, I've named each reference sheet file in a easy to understand way to find the artist, examples are as follows:

All files names will first start with the art site where the piece originated from:
Furaffinity = FA
Deviantart = DA
Weasyl = WSL
And so on

A "_" (underscore mark) will separate the art site indicated from the next part of the file name, the artists username on aforementioned art website, then another "_" (underscore mark) will be put inbetween the artists name, leading into the generic description of the art itself. Note that sometimes the artist name will include a "_" (underscore mark) in their actual username.

The last part of the file name would be the file extension, such as .jpg, .png, .psd, etc. I will always get the highest quality file available, such as .psd's over .png's, and .png's over .jpg's, etc.

Examples:
DA_fantasyartist19_howling_wolffree.png
FA_anthro_creator_prettykitty_lineart.psd
DA_furry-chick_anthrolineart.jpg

I'm thinking about changing the way I label my files, and doing it opposite of how I'm doing now, and have the description of the file first (specific breed, male or female, etc), THEN the art site and then artist name, I think that would make searching for a certain breed easier considering how large just the 'canines' folder is becoming already. What do you think?

I will include a .txt file in all the database folders that will also explain how to decipher/determine artists and art sites, as well as explicit instructions to include artist credit when used, not remove credit to the artist, not use the art for profit, etc.

My main concern for this project is if it would be considered unethical to include artists free to use art in this free collection without their consent beforehand, despite them stating that the art is free to use for anyone already. I have absolutely no problem with an 'opt out' option in place for the artists who do not wish to have their art included in the database for any reason, as I feel that asking each artist individually and awaiting their permission to add their artwork to the files would slow down the process immensely, and I would loose interest for how slow progress would be.

I hope all of this made sense. Please let me know what you think of this, or if there is already a better version of this in place. Constructive feedback, suggestions, and concerns are greatly appreciated! This is something I'm just doing in my spare time for fun, and I think it could be of significant use to the community if spread around. But if it's a terrible idea I want to know, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.

-Kite

Edited: Thanks for all your responses, they mean a lot to me. Although I am sad to put this project behind me, your input was greatly appreciated!