Kimi Nguyen (mukichan) wrote in artists_beware,
Kimi Nguyen
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Question to Commissioners

I'm posting this for a friend of mine since he was recently screwed over by this but was very unsure of what to do except sell his stuff to make the necessary funds to cover for the commission.

What do you do if you ask for a commission from someone and have already sent in your references (in hopes of hearing an estimated quote as a reply), and then find out a couple days later that the artist already finished the art and sent you a teaser pic AND a quote for the finished piece.

What would you do as the commissioner? What would be the more mature way to handle this?

~K.

::EDIT::
I'd like to edit this with some extra details that I have forgotten to mention before posting this.

My friend asked for a 2-character image. One of the characters was of an orb with a sigma symbol on it. The orb counted as an additional character ($45 value) according to the artist. He hadn't anticipated that his orb-character would cost so much which is why he's trying to sell his stuff to cover for the commission. The commission itself is already finished and ready to be sent to my friend upon receipt of the funds. I've only been told that the artist was "demanding" payment for the work he had already done on the image although there was no contract or negotiation.

I have been trying to get a hold of my friend and will get him to send me screenshots of all the communications that he and the artist shared regarding the commission so that this post won't sound like a "he said, she said" situation.

Also, I'd like to apologize for not adding this extra information before I had posted this. Please forgive my ignorance. ^^;

~K.

::edit2::
Well, it's been a week and I still haven't exactly been able to get a hold of my friend. He seems to not want to talk about it ever again. But I'd like to thank everyone for their input as it's given some insight on what to do for the future.
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