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Problem resolved.

  I don't know how to get the original journal I wrote back, but I will recreate it from what I can.  I didn't realize it was against  rules to edit it the way I did.

  I commissioned the artist for a 3 part piece about 3 years ago.   During the first week or so after commissioning I was given 2 sketches (A correction from my last entry).  It wasn't until about 2 years later that I received one of the sketches partially finished with flat color added to it. 

  Within that 3 years, those were the only things I had received.  I would ask the artists about the project every few months.  But I feel I wasn't properly informed or kept up on the progress, if any.  I was told that the project was near finished and they were on a CD.  But the CD in question could not be located.   I asked several times about this and was told later that they could not found.
  Keep in mind this is how things were presented to me.  I have discussed the situation with the artist and aspects of the following have been disputed.  But I was told, and have the IMS, that to make up the missing stuff I would have a choice to get 1 piece of something different to make it up.  I turned this offer down because I, at this point, had still not recieved any finished pieces of the 3 piece project.  I told the artist to forget it because I was upset and did not want to wait for something, which at this point, I never thought would be realized.

  The artist recently contacted me and tried to resolve the situation.  I recieved 2 pieces of the commish colored.  These pieces the artist tells me  have been done all this time.  But keep in mind I never received these pieces over the 3 years until now.  Even when I asked about the commish. 
  I did not get a refund (and I did not ask for one).  I simply recieved the 2 pieces and called it even at that.  He did offer to make up the last piece, but I simply wanted things done with.  I do not want to pursue the situation further.  


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Jun. 4th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Did you at least ask for a refund :x

Sounds like BS to me, the whole "oh I've lost it" or "I don't have time" when they are spewing out art at an insane rate...

It sounds like he just doesn't want to do your pic but he wants to keep your money.
Jun. 4th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah ask for a refund, they shouldn't get away with this (even if their name is posted here)

Some might disagree but I think you should get a FULL refund even though he did a sketch and flat colors because you were jerked around so long...
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
No, I agree with the full refund.

Question for the OP: Did you see the sketches or did he just tell you he did them? Because if he didn't show you anything, (at least I think) you are fully entitled to a full refund.
Jun. 4th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
You let him off the hook too easily. I'm gonna echo the others here and say you should ask for your money back.
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)

Your link isn't working right btw.

You should ask this guy for a refund, he should not get to keep your money having only produced one sketch with flat colour and a whole bunch of excuses.

As for the "I lost the finished piece"? I wouldn't take any artist who gave me that excuse seriously at all, a lack of organisation on their part is their problem, they should be looking for it not giving you excuses, they lost it, they need to find it.
Jun. 4th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)

And your story appears to have changed, which puts it in somewhat of a different light.

I'm not a mod myself but I do think you should have posted a more complete entry rather than having to edit it later. If you're going to use this community to post about issues with someone, please try to put up all the information because when you leave things out or explain them poorly, that affects whether or not you get good advice and can also result in drama if the other party gets upset about the entry being lacking.
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Jun. 4th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I don't blame the OP for being fed up with this. I don't know ALL of the details as there aren't screenshots or anything, but if it takes the artist three years to rectify the situation, I can see why the OP posted.
I know I would certainly be fed up. I don't think this is sabotaging at all. However, I'd have to see both sides to truly know what's been going on behind the scenes.
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)

After three years anyone would be fed up and disillusioned with the empty promises they've received.

Personally if I was the sort of artist who would leave a client hanging for three years and then offered them something worth a third of what they paid for? I certainly wouldn't expect a positive reaction.

If the artist wanted to make things "right" he'd have apologised for the issues and turned out the original commission and perhaps added something to make up for the issues; offering a "deal" worth less than a third of the originally contracted work isn't trying to make things right at all.
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Jun. 4th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)

The OP seems to have edited the original post and added some things that weren't there before which changes the whole context.

Off hand though, if an artist hasn't produced a commission more than a year after the initial contract/payment? Generally most of the time they won't produce it no matter how long the person waits or how much contact the commissioner attempts to have. There are going to be people who eventually just give up and forget the matter, as much as we may wish people didn't since it just lets unprofessional artists get away with it.
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Jun. 5th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)

I am listening, I merely disagree that as the story was explained originally that the reaction of the client was that bad or unexpected, I think anyone would be fed up after three years.

I also don't think it helps when clients who've been patient for years post here and get told "you should have put more effort into resolving this" what do you think the three year wait was?
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Jun. 5th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)

You can "explain" all you like, I still disagree, especially because of the tone and words you used, you accused the OP of "sabotaging" the artist's "attempt to set things right", the term sabotage means a deliberate action aimed at weakening another entity through subversion. It's a negative perjorative term in other words, which is quite impolite imho.

That isn't all, for starters, you had no idea whether it was a genuine attempt to set things right or yet more excuses. Someone who has been bombarded with excuses is quite likely to just throw their hands up and go "forget it, I don't want to deal with this any longer" because after three years there is no reason to expect any promises to be actually kept.

If someone keeps making and breaking promises, you don't keep giving them the benefit of the doubt forever, you eventually accept that they have no intention of keeping said promises.

So ragging on the OP for being a normal person and not giving the artist the benefit of the doubt after three years of broken promises and excuses? isn't too helpful.

Yes, the OP later explained some things which cast the issue in a different light but as it stood, your comments came across as blaming the OP for not being "willing to work" with the artist despite the fact that the OP had been patient and willing to work with the artist for three years and had got naught but the run around, and quite frankly, there are very few people who wouldn't go "forget it" after that length of time.
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure he's giving top priority to comics and left you on the lowest queue spot.
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sixthing or seventhing (can you go that far?) the refund thing. I'm a very unorangised person when it comes to my personal stuff (heck, I lost an entire folder and binder filled with pictures and BL CDs), but seriously, to lose commissions? Yeeesh that's scary.

Even if it's true, it's still a warning that he's not organised enough to take them on.
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Realistically speaking, while it might've been smart to ask for a refund, does anyone honestly think he'd get one from this artist? If the artist didn't offer it (like he/she/it/garlic should have) then I doubt they're planning on giving any of the money back.

I would say that the reason they offered 1 piece instead of 3 might be the fact they considers that he/she'd be undercharging for what they can offer now. Not that it makes a difference to you and really, if they had completed the commission when their prices were set then it wouldn't be an issue.

Still, that is a shitty deal for you.
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, nevermind, since as soon as I posted my comment, the post is gone. O_o
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Nah I don't necessarily think the artist will follow thru on a refund

It's more the principle of the thing - I think the OP is owed a refund and the artist ought to know it :P
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
And I don't disagree, I was just attempting to show why the OP might not have asked.
Jun. 4th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh I totally understand that the OP just wants to be done with it!

I guess there was some sort of resolution looking at the edit, but the artist definitely still sounds like one to be wary of.
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Jun. 4th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
That is true. But I was just trying to explain why the OP might not have asked for one. That's all.
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh nooo, you removed the main text of your post! Can you put it back and edit that it was resolved at the bottom? That way people can still know the details later on.

Did you get the refund?
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Edited at 2010-06-04 06:25 pm (UTC)
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Here, I had it open in another tab, if it helps:

"About three years ago I commissioned the artist Rackun from FA ( http://www.furaffinity.net/user/rackun/ ). It was for a 3 piece commission, which I immediately paid in full.
Over the next three years I was jumping through hoops about the entire thing. Every few months I would ask about the progress of the project. I basically got 1 quick sketch the first week I commissioned him. And I never saw anything new or worked on until 2 years later when he finally added some flat color to said sketch.
In the end, the only thing produced over this long period of time was a sketch with flat color. He insisted that he was going to finish everything ASAP. I had a hard time getting a hold of him for awhile. After asking the artist more about the progress I was eventually told that the project was pretty much done. And that it was located on a CD. A CD which he could not seem to find.
So then began a new game. Asking periodically if he had found the CD with the "finished" commissions on it. I never was given a straight answer. Usually met with him signing off of YM. Or a quick, "I need to talk to you about that, but I need to go."
Finally a few days ago I was told by him that he has lost whatever commission stuff he did for me. And that to make it up he was going to give me a choice. That to make things right he would instead do 1 piece commish of something different for me. He immediately had to go, and told me to think about it.
So I was basically getting 1 commish for the price of 3. What a deal! When I saw him next I told him I had decided on his offer. He immediately thought I had accepted it and began to ask what I wanted to see.
Well guys, after 3 years of getting nothing finished, I had had enough. I told him that I was going to be realistic and I didn't want anything. Basically because that's pretty much what I've gotten or will get. I do not plan on taking such a supposed "deal" nor do I want to ask for something new and wait another 3 years to have nothing finished.

Of course, I don't really expect anything to be done. But let this be a warning out there to anyone wanting to commish him for something."

If this is out of line sorry, just trying to help!
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Not out of line at all, thank you, it was already deleted before I came online so I didn't even get to see it.
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Not out of line at all! Thank you! I too had it open in another tab, but then FF crashed and I lost it so this is appreciated, thank you again! :)
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
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