pumpkin314 (pumpkin314) wrote in artists_beware,

Beware: Stellary/Absinthe/Inky

WHO: Stellary/Absinthe aka Inky/Nancy/Stellary on Chatlands

WHERE: main base: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/absinthe, commission transactions took place on TheTotemLands (prior to closing) and on Serenity Isles

WHAT: 2 "poses" from TTL ($8 each [edit, my email says $6 was sent for the one pose which was completed, but I believe the other two were considered $8 as the ref was $20, if I remember correctly]) and 3 poses on Serenity ($13) each; one owed TTL pose completed

WHEN: Commission began around June 2009

Original emails (TTL):

Commission on Serenity:

Note asking for a refund:
http://screencast.com/t/aHgmSR1kfSgI(Her response)

Recent emails asking for an update/refund:
http://screencast.com/t/JBMwY5sc81v (Message was forwarded because I did not want to type it all out again)

Recent PM on wolfhome asking for information:
http://screencast.com/t/18kgPpRfLoQ2 (showing it was read, the pawprint goes from yellow to white when a message has been read)

Unfortunately I have no paypal screenshots of the transaction as the account I used to pay has since been closed, however I would assume that her replying she had received payment should be enough proof on my end.

Back in 2009 I commissioned Inky for a refsheet of my character, however I changed it from a ref to 2 chat poses (and got a third pose later which was completed) and told her to keep the extra (as seen in first email) [also this proof is lost as TTL has been closed and I never thought to get screenshots of these PMs].  This art was never completed and I lost contact with her.  In 2011 she posted a topic to sell poses again on the chat SerenityIsles and I contacted her then about the owed art and was interested in getting some new commissions.  One of the owed poses was completed and that was all.  Later in the year I attempted to contact her as she had posted another topic selling custom chat poses.  At this point she said she would probably no longer do poses but could instead offer me another type of art in place of these poses.  Unfortunately, life got the best of me and I was unable to reply for a few more months, this is my fault completely and not a lack of communication on her part.  However, I emailed her again almost two weeks ago without response.  A few days after sending the most recent email I forwarded it again to her.  Tonight (4/24) I tried to send her a private message on another chatlands forum she was taking commissions on.  She has read the message but has yet to respond.

Finally got a response from her.  I sent her a second PM on the forum she is actively making poses on and got a response.

Private Messages:

For the record here is the previously mentioned email about being "banned":

I will accept blame for the email not being sent immediately.  I had written it up and attempted to send it from my school wifi on my phone but must have left the wifi zone and caused it to wait in my outbox until I was back home and using stable wifi.  The choice to keep her from selling on Serenity was not only my choice, as stated in my replies, but the choice of several team members giving their input and opinions on the matter.  She had taken not only my money but the money of other users on Serenity and they were, luckily, refunded.

And I managed to dig out the transaction in my paypal history:

And her topic on the Wolfhome forums actively selling poses:

I was honestly shocked that she was treating me so unprofessionally because of a grudge about a supposed ban on her account on the chat I manage.  Whether I had banned her or not I would hope that she would be able to treat me respectably and professionally as this is a business transaction between two people, when money is involved there should be no room for grudges.


Taking on more commissions:

Recent journal about how little she cares (yet needs to make a spectacle of not caring):
http://screencast.com/t/D1Pixolf (no time for art but still managing to complete her own personal art as well as premade characters)

Art she has completed recently:
Sketch of ref sheet: http://screencast.com/t/7KUk7Q6hG5v
Completed ref sheet (finished within 24 hours): http://screencast.com/t/bYzwDyIvZP

Premade "hell hound" sales:
Topic posted: http://screencast.com/t/gC2ppMqURLM
Final bid: http://screencast.com/t/AkIa3INBQQ

She claims to have no time to draw due to her work schedule, but she is able to create sketches for herself and even had the time to finish a ref sheet.  Since taking the pose commissions on WolfHome she has completed one and has created several poses for herself (here are two of these: http://screencast.com/t/t6t2hmk7No8).  She has also been able to make and sell premade characters (I know not too much work goes into these but still she could use the time to work on commissions).
She went and made a journal about how little she cares about being posted here, which shows she will most likely never change her ways as she does not care about her reputation or how others view her.

I'm giving a short break between my last PM to her and my next one, so she can not say I have not been patient.

More comments from her "I don't care" journal:

She's posted a journal asking people to leave a comment in order to receive a refund.  Oddly enough, this is exactly what happened with me last time and she ended up not refunding me anyway. Here's the journal:
I also don't feel like I should have to comment on her journal just to remind her of what she owes me when I told her less than a week ago.

Will keep this updated as it all unfolds!

Tags: artist-absinthe/stellary/inkyfox/spiffy, beware

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