March 5th, 2015

MushyMutt, Con't: An Unresolved Art Trade

I have wanted to share my story for quite some time now, because I know so many people have had similar ones, but until now, I've just been to shy. My long-time fellow artist and friend courageously stepped forward and shared her experience, and so I am going to follow suit.

I was watched first by MushyMutt back in March of 2011, to my own great surprise. Later on that year, I asked to do an art trade with him, to which he replied quickly, and exuberantly. After a while of working out the details, which took an abnormally long time for someone who seemed initially quite excited about the trade, I submitted my half in December of the same year, a few weeks after we agreed on the specifics. From there I sat back and waited patiently for Mushy to uphold his half. Four months passed, and I began to wonder if he had possibly forgotten about our agreement, so I decided to ask him if he was still going to complete his part. He assured me that he was just busy but was still planning on doing it. So with that information, I waited. Again.

At this point I really should have seen the red flags here; four months is too long to wait for an art trade, especially with no responses or updates that didn't elicit my prompting and questioning, but I still took his word that he would complete his half. So I waited again, this time for an entire ten months. I finally got up the courage to ask again what had become of our art trade, and the response I got was less than pleasant. I was confronted by his partner, SilverDeni, who had nothing to do with the situation in the slightest, but none the less informed me on Mushy's behalf that he did not want to do the art trade with me because I had "copied her art".

Deni's accusation was false, nor did it have anything to do with the initial trade agreement between Mushy and I. As seen here, there had been credit given in the descriptions of the pieces in question to both artists. I apologized for any wrong I might have done, as I thought that by giving credit to the artists who inspired a few of my pieces, I had done my part to respect originality. However, the apology was not accepted, I was ignored by both of them, and later on, Mushy hid my comment.

I find it very insulting and unprofessional that Mushy never took it upon himself to speak to me directly, as I would have been more than happy to accommodate in any situation. I also felt ganged up on, as he felt it alright to let Deni deter the situation by publicly posting false accusations, and presenting them as 'excuses' for not finishing our contract, long after I had already put forth the effort to get my part to him on time. However, a few days after I received an answer to my, now I assumed, cancelled trade, Deni submitted a picture on which Mushy left a passive-aggressive comment I felt might have alluded to my situtation. Now this may have had nothing to do with me at all, but the fact that it was just barely days after my confrontation with the two, it just really felt like another jab directed at me for "copying", as I had been wrongly, and miscontextually accused of.

To make my final point, even though my part of trade still lives on my gallery, I did not receive any art from MushyMutt that I was owed. He later unwatched me, and refused to ever speak to me again, alongside SilverDeni, who also refused to ever reply to anything I ever said to her after that point. I would advise artists that involving themselves future, art trades, as well as commissions with MushyMutt serve to present an unprofessional and rude experience. Please use caution around this artist.

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  • sirmeo

Thug/Monsterite/Monsterites

WHO: Thug on FA / Monsterites on tumblr / Monsterite on dA

WHERE: I commissioned them on their FA account [ Thug ] but they seem to have abandoned it. They have accounts on dA ( Monsterite ) and on tumblr ( monsterites ) and weasyl ( thug )

WHAT: Digital bust of my character, 20 usd in value, to be completed in 2-5 weeks or so.

WHEN: I commissioned them on 10th of October, and paid on the same date. I've not received any contact from them since 19th of November 2014 despite my attempts at contacting them and posts on tumblr stating they would be getting in touch with customers.

Proof and explanation under cut.

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EDIT: Shortly after this post went live, the artist has contacted me and issued me a refund! The matter is now resolved.
  • stolf

Artist Beware: Rachverity - late commissions and no refund

Who: Rachverity


Where: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/rachverity/
https://trello.com/b/kDddOtiK/commissions-list



What: Digital Art Commissions. Purchased many commissions (23 in total - $915.30 USD) that nearly all were very behind in set deadlines. When inquiring/complaining about missed deadlines, artist chose to no longer work with me and prompted for a refund and block.



When: Problems started August 2014. Escalated from there. End result (refund) has yet to be started or finished.



Proof: (Note: All pieces were paid for, but not all were given details for. I purchased the slot/commission to be done at a later date. This was mostly due to wanting to give away a full commission as gifts and to lessen the over head work load of Rachverity. I will do my best to show what was purchased, what had details, what never got done, and what was finished.)

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Explain:
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Still to this day, I do not have an approximate time of when refund will be paid.

I no longer recommend this artist.

Thank you for your time.

Artist Beware: kaheiyattsu (resubmission with additions as of 3/5/2015)

3/5/2015: Added a link to the chatlog into "PROOF"

WHO: kaheiyattsu

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/kaheiyattsu , https://inkbunny.net/kaheiyattsu

WHAT: Four sketched images

WHEN: Janurary 16, 2014

PROOF: Now I don't really have proof over the agreement of the images since the conversation was over at my desktop before I had to lose it, which means that chatlog along with it was also lost over in Skype, but I do have proof of him making claim of cancelling my commission out of a rather dense reason, and the transaction I made over paypal.
Conversation: https://db.tt/clJa1npq and the Transaction: https://db.tt/1n1JGS6l I'm not going to be taking a picture of the whole conversation, I can't find myself doing that since it would be extremely time-consuming but I can however link the whole chatlog here: https://db.tt/F5ufbtjV


EXPLAIN: The incident occured over Skype with our chat, he knew well enough he owes me the images until he started talking about a specific species he hates out of no clear reason, and after a while after figuring I'd like to change my Skype icon since the one I had was getting old, he suddenly threw a fit at me, telling me to change it because of how much someone's icon just bothers him when he could just ignore it.
Nonetheless, it all ended up with him saying he was no longer going to make my images, with no mention of a refund either. I will not stand for this nonsense, so it's either he gives me back my money, or he finishes my image, I can't even contact him since he's blocked and removed me from all the contacts I had him in, I even tried to email him but there's no response at all, so I'm taking it that he's just gonna get away with this being the con-artist he is.