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Commissioned Art Long Overdue

Hello to everyone!

I'd like to submit a BEWARE post concerning an artist commissioned failing to perform his duties and leaving no updates or responses of status.

I commissioned an artist named "Black Walker" (http://blackwalker80.deviantart.com) to draw a simple color pin-up of an original character of mine on late September 2009. He showed me the sketch first before I sent payment, which I admit I was skeptical at first, but took the chance anyway. After sending the payment, he replied that the "final sketch" would be sent to me the next day.

Two months went by, and there was no response from him. He posted a journal entry on his account of a so-called "Daily Report" with an unsorted status list of commissions he's supposed to be working on. Two more months went by, and yesterday I sent him an email asking him about his status. I have yet to hear a reply from him. Upon viewing his dA account, other users he owes commissions to have expressed their complaint, also having no response from him.

UPDATE: I finally received a reply from "Black Walker" this morning with the finished commission attached. Therefore, the issue has been resolved. He claimed that his internet was down over the last couple of months. He also apologized for the long delay.

Thanks to everyone here for your input, understanding and support. :)

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Jan. 27th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Eeek, sounds like this beware is needed =/ I hope you get something from it in the end.
Jan. 27th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I hope so too. =/ Thank you. :)
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Artist's point of view
See... this is the problem with commissions in the first place. As an artist, it's hard to trust a commissioner. But, as a customer, it's hard to trust artists. I just wish there was some way that situations like these could be avoided... it's too bad really. I know a lot of artists that just don't do commissions anymore because of flaky customers, and I know customers that are not keen on commissioning an artist because they've dealt with some bad eggs.

Jan. 27th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
offtopic but your icon is adorable!
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
I wish I knew who made it! :D
Jan. 27th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
I was about to say, icon love!
Jan. 27th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
Honestly the best way I've found to avoid it is the half up front, half on completion method. It keeps an artist from being completely screwed, because you're guaranteed to get *something* for your work, even if they flake out on the last payment, and yet you're also motivated to finish the work, because there's that other half to earn. I suspect it would really help out a lot of these flaky people who keep taking new commissions when the old aren't done to have a reason to do the old ones. And I don't get why more customers don't insist on it. It's a bit odd that so many of them are accustomed to paying in full on front for services they've never gotten. Outside of the art world most services are performed first, and then the customer gets the bill after, not before, after all.
Jan. 27th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
I think it depends on the artist and their rep. I ask for full payment upfront, but the thing is, if the commissioner is worried, I can refer them to many satisfied customers who can attest that I didn't run off with their money. I would tell a newbie artist to do it your way, but payment upfront can work just fine with a lot of artists, specifically the ones with good character and a nice, solid rep.

When I first started out many years ago (when dinosaurs roamed the earth...), I would ask to be paid after giving them either the finished work or showing a sketch. I got ripped off either way to no end (and even posted some of them here!), it was ridiculous and scared me off from taking commissions for a long time. Either someone ran off with the finished piece and I never heard from them again, or they were happy to take just the sketch and run off with IT for free instead of paying so I could colour it. I'm just not willing to risk it anymore, and now I have the ability to reassure anyone who's worried (but nobody has been, so far!), so it's always worked out fine for me, thank goodness.
Jan. 28th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
Yeah, rep is a big deal in ANY transaction that involves paying someone money...
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Artist's point of view
[nods] Agreed. Good points!
Jan. 27th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I watch BW...but I'm not going to go "OMG HE IS SO NOT LIKE THAT!" because well, I don't KNOW him like that.

Seems to me that he took way too much and cracked. Unfair to you and all the other commishers. :< I hope you get something back from him.

This group has made me very very careful about when I open commisions myself. I'm giving myself a limited amount each month to do. No more.
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