kaizerfreak (kaizerfreak) wrote in artists_beware,
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Should I pursue getting a mistake fixed?

Today, I received a two character sketch commission paid for back in April that I was quite pleased with, except there was one mistake: The two characters depicted were to be cosplaying as video game characters, but one was put in his regular outfit (in his refs) as opposed to the video game character I specified. I brought the mistake up, but the artist said he wouldn't fix it. I'd say I'm rather easy going with commissions and would usually not pursue this in any other situation, as really, the picture is quite spectacular despite the mistake. However, I wouldn't be asking for advice if I already had an answer for this. I'll outline the main points I've been mulling over below.

1. Even though it's just a sketch, it cost more than fully rendered images I've commissioned before. Price is probably something most people will consider when pursuing fixes to images. As in, I don't usually see people fret over quick sketch commissions, and this was just another quick sketch commission for this artist. I don't want to give out the exact price, as I wanna keep this general so the advice here can help others down the line. Trust me, the commission had quite the price tag. But worth it to me, at least. This point leads into the next point, somewhat.

2. The artist has a very large reputation, earned by their talent and how they used it. Again, trying to keep this as general as possible, as well as not give any possible hints to who it is in the first place. This is a weird point and I'm trying to not think about it, but with this level of artist fame/talent, it's hard not to consider it. I know that commissions are a business, and for sure this artist is sure to be very experienced with the business and professionalism side of things. And this point also leads into the next.

3. When I brought the issue up, the artist gave a seemingly flimsy excuse, which also seemed to be a jab at me. The response I received was: "next time try to put the references together i kinda I lost track of the suits." As I'm reading the same note from April that I sent, I feel that I was quite clear in what I wanted. Even the other character was in the proper outfit that I specified.

TL;DR:
Should pursue because: It cost a lot, excuse was flimsy
Shouldn't pursue because: It's just a sketch, dealing with "famous artist"

What would you do?

EDIT: I'll post my first note to the artist used to obtain a slot, which contained the character who was messed up on. After the artist replies to this note, I ask to add another character as explained above.

"Hiya, I'd like to get in on one of your commission slots. It's gonna be of my avatar/OC, Kai. (Male, anthro rabbit, hope that's what you're asking for in your journal. XD) Here's some refs: [link] [link] [link] He's got a calm and quiet personality but can get really into it when he's practicing martial arts.

Can you have him dressed up as Hwoarang in his Tekken 6 outfit? Here's a ref for that: [link] Some sort of actiony-kicking pose I think would work nicely."
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