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Beware: VaughnBlondtail


WHO:
Vaughnblondtail -> www.vaughnblondetail.deviantart.com, www.furaffinity.net/user/vaughnblondetail

WHERE: Furaffinity.net/Deviantart.com

WHAT: $75 commission from me

WHEN: Initiated beginning of June 2011, finished June 24th

PROOF:

1: http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae340/ABrokenCassette/Picture32.png
2: http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae340/ABrokenCassette/Picture33.png

EXPLAIN: 

So this guy commissioned me to do a series of seven colored images for $75. As is my usual policy, I asked him to pay me half up front and then the second half when the piece was finished. He sent me the first half of the money without any problems, but then comes the trouble.

After finally finishing the piece I told him that I had it ready, and if he was set to send me the second half of the money. He said he was, and so I sent him the image with a watermark. He said that he loved it, but then promptly told me that he didn't have the rest of his payment yet. :\ I feel a little cheated and pretty frustrated because this guy also has decided to not respond to any of my attempts at communication (it's been a month and a half now with no word.) I've provided a few screencaps of conversations we had.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
hellebore
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
The FA is linking to rottencanines
hellebore
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Unless it is the same person?
bork
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Here's the correct URL for them: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/vaughnblondetail

thebrokentape
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I've fixed it in the original post now.
starcharmer
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
[You changed it to .com, FA is a .net address. ;)]
thebrokentape
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
XD Oh, thank you for pointing that out, I totally overlooked that!
magickitsune
Aug. 15th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Pretty shady.

How big was the watermark? Was it all over the picture or just a small signature?

If you have a good view of the image itself, some people don't care if there's a watermark. What I do is stick a huge, obnoxious "SAMPLE" over the image and reduce its size to about %25. That way, they can have proof that their image is complete, but they don't get anything worthwhile until their payment is sent.
thebrokentape
Aug. 15th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
It was pretty small actually, probably my biggest mistake.

Your idea is a really good one, and one that several people have suggested to me. I'll definitely be doing something like that in the future.
magickitsune
Aug. 15th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It sucks that such measures have to be taken.

I don't know how many times you've tried to contact him, but maybe you could try telling him that you've posted here? I don't know if he's the type to start drama, so it's your call. But sometimes bringing it to the public is all it takes to get the artist/commissioner to follow through.
frazzled_niya
Aug. 16th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
:( Bummer....I would have waited until I got the second payment and sent them a low res and yeah big smacking "sample" watermark over it. Next time hey.
aggro_badger
Aug. 16th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
He commissioned me back in December and, if I recall correctly, there was some trouble or miscomunication over payment at the time. It was during a sketch stream where I require payment upfront, and I held a place for him, and started on his picture when he informed me that he didn't have the money at the time. Or something, its been a while.
He did come through with payment though. Hopefully it will work out in your case, also.
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