tervicz_renard (tervicz_renard) wrote in artists_beware,
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Next case - gafoxtaur/tinyfoxtaur

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/gafoxtaur/

Back in 2008 the artist gafoxtaur posted a journal crying out to get commissions as he was having a cash crunch. (This wasn't the last time as he does this once in a while, then deletes the journals) Back then I had a good sum of money on my paypall account, money I could not spend otherwise and so I transferred 50 dollar, which topped the rates he asked for. Seeing that his art was pretty good and that there were commissions posted in his gallery I thought this was a good idea to commission him. The transfer was complete on the 11th November 2008, I have the paypall log saved and screen-saved.

In return I asked him to make a coloured picture of my rp and story character "FoodFox".

Note on 11th November 2008

me:

What I would like is a picture of my foodfox character. I've got two stories which may help you understand the concept, but they might be a little rough for your taste. Basically a FoodFox is a male feral fox raised and trained to be food. They are red foxes, having the typical size of a red fox and all its features. Around its neck it has a collar, which can have any colour or pattern and attached to the collar is a small tag down the chest with the word "Food Fox" engraved on it. They do not have a name, only a serial number (e.g. SB20207)
A Food Fox only has one life, which it devotes to becoming food for someone. They are trained to resist pain and can endure anything thrown at them. Even biting and cooking will not leave them in discomfort at all and they will remain happy as long as they're alive while being someone's food. They are the ultimate willing prey.

Now, what I would like to see, if you're ok doing this character and doing feral foxes in general, is to create a visualisation of this concept. Nothing gruesome, I want it the FoodFox to look cute. Put him in a dish on a plate or bowl, whatever dish you like to draw with this, alive and perfectly happy to be there. Collar still on, or next the dish on the table. The feral fox presents himself as food to the viewer and is cute doing this.

Are you interested?
Many thanks anyway ^^


Gafoxtaur:

Sure this seems easy enough to do. I'll look at the stories when I gt home from work today to get a better idea of what I can draw. :) And thank you so very much! :)

Being unfamiliar with commission waiting times and being too patient I did not bother him for a time. He gave out several journals stating he was dire in funds, had no scanner available etc. But after a while I noticed he was online and busy on his account, so I enquired to the status of my commission, but also complained about his failure to communicate and answer to my notes. I had to use a shout to get his attention.

November 23rd 2009

Gafoxtaur:

Sorry I've not responded. I've not had any ability to for a while, unless I can get past the filters on the comp at the public library. My computer has been dead for some time now. I'm supposed to be getting a loaner over Thanksgiving weekend from family when I go to visit them. Your art is done, I've just had no way of scanning or sending it to you. After this weekend, that will be remedied. Again, sorry for the lack of communication.

Now to get to the other fifty or so commissions before the end of the year.


But nothing was uploaded. At least not my commission. At first it seemed as if it took a little longer for him to get computers and other stuff. And he seemed to get a job and so on. So I was patient, but then I saw him upload art but of course my commission was not among it. And I noticed other commissioners were putting shouts up on his page. One commissioner had one of his commissions done within a week after he called the artist in his shouting box. And so I sent out notes and shouts at random intervals, but these were ignored. I was waiting and waiting until I realised it had been nearly 2 years since the money was transferred and I had not even seen the strike of a pencil for my commission even though he claimed it was done.

I shouted out trying to refresh his memory and to get him to upload it. It was ready he shouted back, sitting somewhere in a pile of old art. And he wanted me to refresh his memory. And so I did both in shout and note. But among his uploads none was mine. And so I sent him yet another note, this time with a warning.

September 22nd 2010

Me:

No rush I see. It's ok, I'll wait until the 11th November, when it will be a solid 2 years since I paid 50$ for it. I can't but notice how much you uploaded in the mean time.

It was the foodfox I asked for, a feral red male fox presenting himself to the viewer as food, cute, edible, possibly with a tag saying "food fox". At the time coloured pictures were at about 30$, since you were in need of money. And you left you at lib to set the theme.

Now I don't care if you ignore this pm as you did so often in the past. And I don't care if you call me a whining cunt, since I can't imagine how you would react were you in my position having not a shred of evidence anything at all was produced. I can back myself up with screenshots of my paypall account with the transaction on 11th November 2008, showing that I paid you 50$. And the pm's are still here, so I do have evidence. I want my commission I paid for, hi res in attachment to my email ***@...com
I will upload it to my FA page and if it's good enough I'll have a friend put it on Canvas for my wall. If you fail to do so, seeing you've uploaded plenty of other drawings right here, as far as I can see you're not being honest with me. You'll have taken my money, as far as I can see, and did not produce what it was for. Can you follow my line of thought?

I hope you do take me serious. If you can no longer find it, star over! I do want what I paid for.

cheers!


September 22nd 2010

Gafoxtaur:

I've not been able to find it, so I';\ll just start over. I am sorry about the wait. And please don't think I'm ignoring you or your art. The stuff I've uploaded, a lot of it is either older stuff or art I owed other folks, and am just getting it up in the order I got it done. (I had over 50 of those $5 dollar sketches to do!). Since I am starting it over again, aside from him just bweing a non-anthro fox witht he tag on him, what situation did you want to see him in? About to be eaten, partially eaten? eaten by whom or by what?

And since then no notes were responded to, no shouts were responded to, no updates, no schedules to when he would sketch and draw and finish, no communication at all. His last upload was on October 16th and his last favourite was done on the 26th October.

I think I have been patient enough, to patient to be honest. I last commissions, which were the first commissions since this one as I was very wary of planting my money again, took less then a month between the money transfer and the commissions being brought to my mailbox. So I don't think this artist treats me right. And I have reason to believe I'm not the only commissioner of him left in the dark. And it's not as if he's a kid, his profile states he's 42.

So, I don't know what else to do at this point, other than post my story here and either get him to come clean and do the commissions or to warn others considering to commission him because his page states: Commissions are again OPEN! Get on the list while you can! The slots are filling FAST!
All I want is either my money back or my commission done or at least evidence such as WIP uploads that he is serious. I'm done listening to excuses.

Tags: artist-gafoxtaur/tinyfoxtaur, beware, lost contact
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