tigon (tigon) wrote in artists_beware,
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Gene Mills, art theft

Hey!

So this is a bit of a weird beware. I don't know if this guy is someone who would likely commission anyone or contact you guys but I shall warn you of him anyway.

Back in february I got an email from a guy called Gene Mills about my angry fox drawing . Here is the first emails . It's an old drawing I don't really care that much about, but this guy came off very demanding so I told him no, I don't want him to use it. If he had asked a bit nicer I might have said yes. It is true though that I don't have the psd files anymore and for all I remember I might have drawn it in the same low resolution anyway, it's 9 years since I made it and I was learning photoshop. I also don't use an agent, which he claims randomly contacted him about the same drawing just as I turned him down, how convenient for him! So I thought I would just ignore this guy.

Then yesterday I got a new email from him, different email address but same name, and he now claims that he bought the rights to the drawing for $20 from an agent. Here are the emails, I'll let them speak for themselves as the whole thing is very absurd!
Lastly "Jen Young" sent me this email, and I don't really know why he/she did that. I get the feeling he is trying to taunt me by showing me what I missed or whatever. I still don't understand who this Jen Young person is meant to be either, is she supposed to be the "agent" or the "original" artist?

With some help from a friend I found out a bit more about the guy and here is a picture of how he has used my drawing.
I don't understand what he is trying to achieve, if he hadn't emailed me again I would have never even known he used my drawing. I never contacted him first.

Anyway, I don't want to spend much more time on this guy as he obviously not a very serious or a guy that respects other people, and there isn't a lot I can do. I probably wont post this on deviantart like I told him, but I will at least warn you guys about him!
Tags: art theft, beware, comm-gene mills
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