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Many of you have posted journals here on the AB community in reference to Vani. You've voiced your frustrations and many of you have had an ongoing struggle concerning commissions or refunds. I know that I'm 5+ years late and I want to offer my deepest condolences to everyone who has had to fight for some justice and has lost hope in ever receiving what's due to them. I hope to be able to provide some changes and will do my best to ensure that everyone's needs are met in the process.

This journal will serve as a place of reference for those who are owed art or refunds. I will continue updating this journal with a plan of action, schedules, general information, etc. If I've left anything out or anyone has any questions, please feel free to comment or contact me directly through my email: koalakitty23@yahoo.com

I've contacted Vani and have had a long discussion about everything that was shared in the recent journal concerning her failure to follow through with work that was owed. I've passed along the incredible advice offered and have managed to come to an arrangement in order to start turning this negative situation around into something positive and hopefully satisfying to those waiting for compensation. There is still a lot we're discussing, but I wanted to share the most recent updates for everyone, so you know what to expect in the coming month. PLEASE keep in mind that I can't make things happen overnight, but I am doing my best to ensure that changes are made as promptly as possible within a reasonable time frame. I am deeply grateful for your patience and understanding in this situation.

Updates - June 7, 2012

- Vani will be attending Metrocon within the next week. She will NOT be offering commissions, but will be selling prints and other pre-made merchandise. Her goal is to work toward bringing in profit on those items in order to focus on the work she owes, as well as turn some of the income around for refunds.

- A spreadsheet will be posted listing all of the commissions owed, to give everyone a visual reference of her work in progress. We're hoping to have that posted by the end of June.

- Time management will be implemented into her work schedule. Commissions will take priority over personal/con work. The goal is to work on commissions during the week, then use the weekend to work on prints/merch. Sketches and other WIPs will be posted at the beginning of the week while finished work will be posted at the end of the week. Personal art will be done over the weekend.

- Individual notes will be sent out to all commissioners once everything else is organized, to ensure that everyone is updated and communication is being established. As soon as I have a time frame, I'll be sure to let everyone know.

For now, I suppose you can think of me as Vani's unofficial PR. I'd like to help minimize the frustration by offering some peace of mind and an ear to listen. I know many of you are angry and frustrated. I'm going to do my best to help resolve the issue at hand. Vani has expressed her willingness to show change and her desire to make amends. We've both agreed that the best way for her to do so is through action, rather than words or false promises. So within the month I hope to be able to share goals achieved, one step at a time. I know it may seem like small steps, but in time I hope they will grow into larger strides.

Thanks again for all of the suggestions and advice that has been shared. It is greatly appreciated by both Vani and myself and I promise it will be put to good use and not go wasted.

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Updates - July 1, 2012

As promised, Vani has posted a journal addressing the art she owes and offering a brief explanation on her plan of action. She is currently working on organizing her list of those who want refunds and those who would like artwork. This process may take some time, but will be worked through as swiftly as manageable. Further updates will be posted when present :3

You can view the journal here:

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/3611807/
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Comments

stripesandteeth
Jun. 8th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
As for plans of actions, I will be updating FA as soon as I get back from Metrocon to update everyone on what I was able to accomplish and will be planning to do. That will be my first course of action to alarm people of what is happening if they don't already know. I will be contacting all of my commissioners to organize a list of people who still want their commissions and people who just want a refund.

After that is accomplished, I will be posting these lists for everyone to see and to be very much aware of. Including a time frame of when people can expect work, wips and when I will be having down time for planned things that will be taking me away from my work. Con/Personal work included.

Then after that, I will finally get to work and follow my schedules I have set. You have my word...and that's all I can really offer at the moment until after I'm done handling Metrocon. A lot of important things rest on the income I make from that con.

And there you have it. I want to let you guys know...even if it doesn't look like it or seem like it...I'm kind of a very honest person. I like to keep my word, especially if I know I've hurt someone or done wrongly to someone. Believe it or not, I do have quite the hefty conscious. It's why I'm here now. All this time I have been deathly afraid to show my face and own up to my issues because...well, it's simple, I was scared. Overwhelmed. I didn't know what to say or do, so I hid even though I knew it would make the problem worse. I remember it now, it was right after my finals from last summer...I had been keeping people waiting for so long, I was afraid to go back and face the problem. People weren't as angry as they were now, but I was terrified that my commissioners were...and so I fled. My anxiety can get the better of me sometimes, it even affects me at school too.

But eh, hiding from the problem led to more problems...and kind of mixed with my own problems I was already having. It's why I hid the first few times I was posted here.

I suppose those are just excuses I'm spewing now, but part of me just wants to let everything out so people can know the whole entire truth. I like to tell it how it is and what caused me to keep running away for so long. That and what finally made me want to come back.

However I'll end it here because I know you all want progress and visuals at this point. Metrocon is next weekend, from now and until then I will be making a lot of art for it, and hope that it will be enough to inspire me to keep an intense drive like that when it's time to plow through commissions.

I want to thank you all for reading this in advance, whether you accept my word or not. At least you got to hear from me. That, and I want to thank those who have passed along helpful advice and very kind words to KK to give to me. That and those of you who left me very kind advice on tumblr too. It's what helped me get the courage to finally own up to my problems. This is my last chance after all.

I'm going to try my best to pull through for you all, whether I gain your respect back or not. At least I'll finally be able to say I gave it my all.

KK will be keeping you all updated here as I plow through the work, I'll post my own updates on FA in-between work and all.

Thanks for the understanding. I really want to try and make things right again.
otherscape
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
Well, thank you for coming here and speaking up. You're right; no one is going to believe your word, but if you just do the work and make progress, you can salvage your reputation. Just stick to it and things will get better.

I know a few people have an issue with your Homestruck "commissions". Since I've heard the owner does not allow merchandise being sold, it's a pretty scummy thing to do and sell it anyway. You should just sell merchandise based off your own ideas and work instead.

Also, as other people have suggested, find another job. It's clear you can't make money off of your commissions very well, so getting a second job even just for a little while will help you. Also it will help your people skills.

(edited for clarity)

Edited at 2012-06-08 02:11 am (UTC)
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otherscape
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
I think the author is okay with individually drawn commissions, but not any sort of merchandise.

http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/595537.html?thread=23039313#t23039313

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otherscape
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for linking that! That clears a lot of things up.
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toxicfossils
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad you've got a plan of action now Vani, it makes me really happy to see that you came here yourself and announced this. =) Best of luck to you!
starbonds
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting here and owning up to your mistakes. It's the first step towards sorting this out.

But keep in mind people will be watching you closely and not be convinced of your turn around until action is taken. Reasonably so, since some of your outstanding commission are older then my pre-k nephrew.

The only advice I can give is stick a schedule, get some alarms if you need them and don't take anymore commissions. If you absolutely must, wait till after every person is paid off or refunded and only do one at a time.
accomesafterb
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you have a plan which is a very good first step to getting organized. Don't let the fact that some people may be upset with you be a deterrent from getting work done and getting money owed sent out. At this point the only way you can go is up. Use that to boost you. I have anxiety issues myself, I have a hard time answering emails and I fear people lashing out, being angry at me, etc. It's actually a big reason I have a hard time confronting people who owe me art. I really don't want to snap relationships with people. Hopefully having KK acting as a filter will help you deal with these kinds of transactions.

Like someone said above: You CAN do this, your relationship with your customers will be better for it. For every one that's upset you'll probably win back a few hearts simply by getting your work done. I consider myself patient and I'm certainly more than willing to patch up if progress is shown. I wish you luck and hopefully you'll learn some good life skills from this overhaul if it ends up happening.
vaekke
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Heyyyy Ash

I'm really glad to hear that you're trying to break this down into something manageable and taking the advice people are giving. Good luck; I believe you can turn this around!
neolucky
Jun. 8th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Good luck, and I hope you see this through. You maybe don't quite realize how many people want to see you succeed. It's why the disappointment was so great, because you can do so much better. We know you can, you know you can.
celestinaketzia
Jun. 8th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Keep it to small manageable batches and you'll be done in no time!
likeshine
Jun. 8th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)


good luck!
skyote
Jun. 8th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for addressing this personally, and thanks to KK for getting the ball rolling and giving you a huge hand organizing this. I wish you the best. The advice about taking small "bites" is a good one. As long as you make progress your commissioners will be pleased. This fandom can be very forgiving, so don't lose heart about that, just take that list one at a time and you can make a lot of people very happy :)

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