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Edit: Got a DA account, sent her a note and gave her two page shouts... she ignored me. I can see she's responded to other people, and to one of them she said she wishes the trolls would shut up. >_<

THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF: http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/390145.html#cutid1

WHO:
Eclypse of FA / Leathurkatt on DA

WHERE:
http://leathurkatt.deviantart.com/
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/eclypse/

WHAT:
A Celtic pawprint badge costing $15 and paid for with cash and in person. I had the understanding that it was traditional, but I don't have proof of that.

WHEN:
I paid for it in November of 2009. The last I heard from her until this summer was in September of 2010, saying she would finish the badge and also try to send me at least $10. Then, on June 23rd, 2011, she sent me the... "finished product" in an FA note.

EXPLAIN:
This started out as a situation involving an artist who was ridiculously flaky and bad at communication and never showed me any proof that she'd worked on my art. You can read about this part in the previous A_B entry about her. I had pretty much given up on her.

Then she sent me the finished product in June 2011. It looked NOTHING like what I'd asked for. I wanted a paw with the colors magenta, purple, and blue and some Celtic hearts worked into the design. I also asked for a name and paid for a solid-color background. But I was just so sick of dealing with her that I didn't bother responding at all.

A few weeks later, I looked at the image again and got suspicious. It appeared to be a recolor of another badge in her gallery, and the file name of mine had "cougar" in it. I looked at her commission queue and saw that another person had commissioned her for a cougar paw. I contacted this person, and it turns out the artist sent both of us the exact same image, which had been drawn for the other person's trade a year and a half ago. The image in Eclypse's gallery is a recolor of the paw she drew for the trade, not the other way around.

I should have realized right away she was a liar. When she sent me the completed image, she claimed that she finished the artwork, then lost it, and thought she'd have to start over again. The file she "lost" had been created in January of 2010. Well, in September of 2010, she claimed that she had the lines done and just needed to finish it.

The person who traded with Eclypse has been in contact with Eclypse on DA. I don't have the details of their conversation, but I know Eclypse has been extremely immature and rude. Eclypse claimed that she sent me the wrong image, then said what she did was completely acceptable, then blocked the person. I will let said person know about this A_B post, in case she wants to add anything to it.

I myself have not been in touch with Eclypse. I sent her a note on FA saying, "Over a year and a half since I commissioned you, and still all I get is the same exact image you made for someone else. Wow." She has not read it. If she doesn't respond here, I'll have to resort to getting a DA account, because she is obviously active there. I have no interest in her art after this mess and plan to demand a refund. I don't want to get a DA account just to chase after her but that seems to be my option.

PROOF:
In this gallery I have screenshots of the paw she sent me, the traced paw from her gallery, key parts of our conversation, her price list, and her queue. http://pics.livejournal.com/paula_mino/gallery/00008qs8 I hope this is an okay way to share the images.


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kalika_tybera
Aug. 2nd, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
It's a real shame she was dishonest with you and hard to communicate with. You're one of my very favourite commissioners and so easy to work with and friendly. Not worth losing your business over a paw print commission.
Hopefully you'll at least manage to get a refund, there's nothing okay about being given a copy of a file of a trade for someone else made over a year ago in place of what you actually asked for...
paula_mino
Aug. 2nd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not too hopeful about getting a refund, honestly, but it'd be nice. I'm just glad it was only $15 :-/ and I hope she'll lose a lot more business than my own...
notorious_hunty
Aug. 2nd, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
What a bunch of crap! I really hope you get your refund!
paula_mino
Aug. 2nd, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Me too! Thanks. Of course, she doesn't have a PayPal, to my knowledge, or at least she didn't last time she said she'd send my money with the badge. I no longer live at any of the addresses I gave to her, and I admit I'm leery about giving her my new address. :x I guess I'll worry about that when she actually responds to me...
celarania
Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
That stinks! At first I thought you just meant she traced the outline or the paw, but doing the same patterns and all?! That''s ridiculous. I hope you are able to track her down and get a refund.
paula_mino
Aug. 2nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Ridiculous indeed... she couldn't even be bothered to change it to the right colors!
punkbawkchicken
Aug. 2nd, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that is an absolutely scummy thing for someone to do.
paula_mino
Aug. 2nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I know :( I never understand how people can behave like this!
paula_mino
Aug. 4th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Could you please add a LeathurKatt tag to this? I seem to remember that we're not supposed to add tags ourselves!
hamburger
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Well, you couldn't even if you wanted to! It's set to mods only. I'll edit.
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