December 5th, 2016

Artist Beware- Babbuful

Who: Babbuful on Furaffinity

Where:
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/babbuful

What:
Commissioned group picture

When:
May 24th 2016 - November 26th 2016

Proof:

May 24th- Ordered Commission
http://imgur.com/awoe2Oo
http://imgur.com/RaByV2M
http://imgur.com/84Ti2GU

Also May 24th- Paid Commssion
http://imgur.com/akcWL4D


June 25- Checking in
http://imgur.com/uPvR5gk

At this point I request the characters to be changed and she agrees to it.

July 27th- WIP but it's wrong
http://imgur.com/Hvvx1GD


November 16th- WIP Still wrong and will "have it done soon"
http://imgur.com/pxoBg56
http://imgur.com/rk6sDDb
http://imgur.com/m2zAMHZ


November 26th- No response
http://imgur.com/BDPurK1
http://imgur.com/KWHQyJh


Explain:
May 24th- Ordered Commission
I had ordered a group picture for me and friends to have while making sure it was simple. No bg and only a colored sketch. Easy enough I hoped. It cost $80 dollars.

June 25- Checking in
She had said it would only take a few hours to start on, but after a month passes she hasn't worked on it. Okay fair enough. Art can be hard with a life.

During this time she rants on journals of how hard it is and how people are insulting her for taking so long. I have doubts on this but she has deleted these journals already. Even one about leaving Furaffinity.

July 27th- WIP but it's wrong
Awhile back on skype, I asked to change the characters and she agreed to this. So when she showed me a wip of the art, I told her it was an older one, she says she hasn't updated the art yet.

November 16th-
I again ask about my art from her and she says she has the file of it and will post to trello. However, looking at it, it's the exact same wip I had seen in July. She merely reuploaded it!

Afterward, she says she will have it done by Saturday or Sunday.

November 26th- No response
I think I have the right to ask about my art more frequently now, and what a surprise, she is ignoring me.
She has also been known just to vanish out of nowhere from time to time as well.

I feel as though I have been more than patient, and I really love her art style, but she does not know how to properly organize and must learn to not lie about getting art done.

If she doesn't respond soon with a better wip (just a new sketch) and properly work on it, I will be asking for a refund. Anyone who has gotten art from her should do the same.
C. Auguste Dupin
  • sresla

Advice: Lost Contact, but not really

So, I've gotten myself into a situation and I could really use some advice from any artists who may have found themselves in a similiar scenario.

Over a year ago, I commissioned an artist for a follow-up piece to something I'd had done previously. The artist was amazing and I was happy she was willing to take on the next request I had. I paid up front, she went to work, and I received a sketch about a month later (an acceptable timeframe). The problem was, the approval sketch came during a life upheaval so I didn't even see the email with the approval sketch (it was honestly the last thing on my mind). Time passes, things settle, but in the kerfuffle, the commission is totally forgotten about.

When I remember, I'm so chagrined that I forgot that it took me a while to reach out to the artist. I finally get up the courage, apologize, tell them I love the sketch (because I did) and would they be willing to re-take up the commission. Due to the length of time that's passed the artist lets me know her prices have changed and I readily agree that as far as I'm concerned, the first payment I sent is hers to keep, and I don't consider it downpayment on finishing this commission and that we can start from scratch. We agree on a new price, I send payment and she starts working on the lines for the commission, since I was fine with the sketch.

So... you might have guessed where this is going. I receive the lines for the go-ahead for color and once again, things are on my plate where the email was simply missed. By the time I notice it in my inbox, months have passed and I feel like absolute garbage for doing this to her a second time. I can say with all honesty this is not my normal MO, and I definitely feel the burden of it on my conscience. Because I felt so guilty, I sort of stuck my head in the sand and tried to forget about it. But I couldn't, and here's where the advice question comes in.

The fact that the second piece is not finished is completely eating away at me. I love her art, and loved the first drawing she did for me. This companion piece was meant to be displayed with it, as a set. As a result, I haven't even felt like I could print and hang up the first piece without it, and it's so good it just breaks my heart. It's all my fault - I know and completely own that - but if someone had done this to you as a commissioner once before, would you be willing to give them a second chance? Every reason I give sounds like an excuse, and to be frank, some of it is personal and nothing she needs to be burdened with anyway. I feel like the polite thing would be just to let it go and not bother the artist again, but the rest of me so badly wants it finished. I think what I'm most afraid of is that the artist won't want to do it and then it will be unfinished forever. It's to the point now where it's causing me no small amount of anxiety. What should I do?