August 23rd, 2018

  • bornesb

Looking for advice: Associating individual work with studio name

I run a review website and recently we had a situation (which has since been resolved) that I would like some outside opinions on.

Let us say that there is an artist studio that consists of 2 artists who work together. These artists shall be named B and C.

An outsider to the studio, person D, is a personal friend of B and asks B if they can get a commission. B normally doesn't do things independently from the studio, but since D is a friend they do.

D later reviews their product on my website, but they say that the Studio (consisting of B&C) did it.
I list the review under the studio name.

B contacts me and asks the review be taken down - they explain it was only between B and D and therefore does not reflect the work of the studio partnership.
To me, the work looks exactly like the studio items, but I feel that maybe they have a point anyway. Commissions between B personally and the studio of B&C aren't necessarily handled the same way.

The only problem now is: how should situations like this be categorized on the website?

Should the personal feelings not really matter about this and it be labeled as the studio's work since the item created resembles the work that the studio makes normally? Should notations be made in the review to say that "Person B specifically of the studio made this" but otherwise file it with the other studio reviews? Should a new page specifically for Person B alone be made, and have this single review there, totally divorced from the studio? Since B doesn't take personal commissions, it seems like a waste of a listing to me... But I'd like to hear outsider opinions, from other artists, how they might want their things listed if they potentially ended up in this situation.

The situation that actually happened was handled and filed a certain way, but without revealing what happened it didn't actually answer this question. So I'm still wondering what the right procedure would be (if we should have a standard procedure in place at all for this), because I am certain this situation is not unique and will pop up again eventually.

unpaid reference sheet

WHO: Rayd / Hytyle / Aprilycan

WHERE: fur affinity

WHAT: reference sheet

WHEN: July 21 to yesterday morning

EXPLAIN: user posted to FA forums in search of an artist for making a reference sheet. we agreed that I would be paid 60 during the process and remaining 40 upon completion. since being around 60% of the way through, I have been asking for partial payment; user has in response, acted like a victim by me asking for payment, suddenly reversing the affirming that my style works for them, that they like what I'm making, and claiming they hate it and therefore don't need to pay me. they have even said i'm witch hunting them, which is hilarious! since I've given up being paid the rent money i still need and have moved on to simply wanting to warn other people that this person is insincere and dishonest in their dealings.

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all said, I think some people are just best avoided at times. I don't know what's going on with this person, but I'd glad a platform exists to warn fellow artists. am I sad? yes. can I pay the rent without this income? not yet. am I going to waste my time harassing this person like they're harassing me? definitely not. but now I know I can check for names here if someone I'm working for seems fishy, and hope everyone stays safe out there.

MFF 2017 AA Commission Not Received

WHO: Milku/MilkuProducts

WHERE: MFF 2017 - Artist Alley

WHAT: Traditional Badge

WHEN: December 3rd, 2017

EXPLAIN: Badge was commissioned at their AA table; a colored chibi-esque badge; $40 paid via credit card on Square. Left my traditional laminated ref with them. After a bit, they PM'd me on Twitter advising that it would have to be take-home, so I stopped by to pick-up my ref. Since the con, there have been no additional updates.

Screencaps of Payment and Twitter convo