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Beware: Mixi Pony

Mixipony at Deviantart, Mixi at Weasyl, Askmixipony at Tumblr

WHERE: She first contacted me asking for a trade on Weasyl, and I took it to Deviantart when responses on Weasyl became sparse

WHAT: A coloured sketch art trade

WHEN:
January 20th 2013 First contacted about trade, I agree, we trade references and info
January 20th 2013 She notes with WIP, link leads to this, I approve, ask for small change
January 24th 2013 I send a sketch
January 24th 2013 I send finished version
Unsure which day She uploaded it to tumblr
January 26th 2013 She comments on image, says her half will be done 'soon'
March 6th 2013 I ask for update on weasyl, get no reply
March 14th 2013 Notice she's been quiet/inactive on Weasyl, check up on her DA where she is VERY active, receive no reply
March 19th/22nd 2013 I try again, finally receive reply
May 11th 2013 Waited a while, asked for update
May 13th 2013 Receive note on Weasyl, am told she will work on it after commissions
June 12th 2013 Waited a while, asked for update, received no reply
June 19th 2013 Try again on Deviantart, as her Weasyl again seems inactive, receive no reply to this day
June 20th 2013 She opens for more commissions before finishing her half of our trade despite her last Weasyl note, I inquire in journal, receive no reply
Various times Throughout timespan, she repeatedly opens up for requests and commissions, though this is the only instance I capped, you can find more scattered throughout her tumblr and deviantart
UPDATE: July 3rd 2013 Mixi has contacted me after being alerted to this post, giving me several reasons as to why she has neither done her half nor replied to me, and ordering me to remove the post on tumblr (which I had nothing to do with)
UPDATE 2: July 3rd 2013 We have come to an agreement via DA. She will design a pony OC for me in exchange as it seems to be easier for her to draw ponies over anthro characters. I will update once I have received the art.
UPDATE 3: July 16th 2013 She has delivered a design. I will be tweaking it a little (I'll make my own ref sheet for her, not edit Mixi's art, of course) but I'm otherwise satisfied, other than having been unable to get her to reply to me to answer a question even though she's been active. So I suppose the biggest takeaway is that communication is difficult at best with this artist.

EXPLAIN: Contact was great until she received my half. I would have asked for updates far less often (I understand it can look pushy just going by the timeline) if it hadn't been so difficult to get her to reply to me. You can see she is very active on Deviantart and tumblr and has done many personal works, requests, and commissions since initiating our trade. There is no good reason she couldn't have finished a coloured sketch by now. At the very least, she could take a minute to reply to me and keep me updated. It is clear I am being ignored and treated as not important because this is a trade, despite it being one she asked for.

I also felt she tried to move the discussion back to Weasyl (despite her clearly being inactive there)so the public would not see someone constantly asking for updates, and was irritated to find she had opened for more commissions before finishing her half, despite claiming she would finish it after her last batch.

I do not recommend accepting a trade from this artist.
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exo_formicidae
Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
Ouch.. I understand if the artist would be overwhelmed by owed works, but it don't seem like that seeing they still take on new requests and commissions. Maybe she just got disinterested. Not that it's an excuse of course, and it's incredibly bad form to you ignore you, just thought that could be a reason as why she was late to start with.

Have you tried messaging her in the emal she refers to for requestests? Requests?*

Edited at 2013-07-03 09:56 pm (UTC)
kayla_la
Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
No. I know she's seeing my shouts and messages and choosing to ignore them. This post for me is basically me giving up on chasing her. If she sees this and tries to pro-actively rectify things, that's great, but I'm not going to keep trying to contact her at this point.

It's unfortunate, but this is why I had pretty much stopped taking trades. I took a chance with this one, and it ended about how I kind of expected.
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dannyazazel
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
I really don't understand why she keep putting it off. It looks like it was pretty much done aside from adding the necklace and adding colour. It's a real shame she's ignoring you.

I know art trades generally aren't considered as important as commissions, they should come before personal work though. Sad that so many people blow them off.
kayla_la
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I find it strange. In my eyes, I traded my time and a product (my art) in return for the same from her. I don't see it any differently than if I would have traded cash, or fursuit parts, or whatever else.
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celestinaketzia
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
That's baffling. Dani's colors were pretty much done. It wouldn't have been but another 30 more minutes to an hour tops to finish the image off.
kristalnacho
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Have you tried making a Tumblr ask on her page as a reminder? I might make her reply faster and as long as you have an account, it can be a private PM. ( If you send her an ask under an account, it gives her the button to "answer privately". when you're non on an acount or you're anonymous. it's not available. however Tumblr eats some asks sometimes.)

You can also make a tumblr post about it under her tagging name (#askmixipony) asking her to remember to complete her side of the trade. However I would do that as a last resort since it could cause drama even if it was a straight forward and friendly reminder. :S
kayla_la
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the suggestion, but I don't want to continue chasing her at this point.
sapphistscot
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
She comes to you asking for a trade, gets a lovely piece of her character, then refuses to make good on her part? Jeez, she should just have come right out and asked you if you do requests since that's basically what she's got. Though it is really weird that she'd go to all the trouble of making that WIP image and never finishing it.
neolucky
Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
If I am asked for a trade, I make sure the ask-ee does theirs first. If I ask, I always do mine first. This little policy seems to work but...ugh. I would never treat a trade like it wasn't as important as work , because it IS work! Time, effort and materials.

I'll be sure never to trade with this person.
kaelstra
Jul. 3rd, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
That sucks. Hopefully she comes through and provides you with your half.

Your half is amazing, by the way. I love the colors and pose!
kayla_la
Jul. 3rd, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well thank you! The biggest reason I had accepted the trade initially was because I felt it would be a good opportunity to practice drawing ponies. They're fun to draw, but they have pretty wonky anatomy so it's always been weird for me. I should just get it over with and make my own pony character to practice with, hah.
dreamlordthowra
Jul. 4th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Ouch. Hope you get your art. Had something similar to this happen to me a few months ago, but thankfully I got a (even if fairly mediocre) half in return. Right now the artist has a terribly long wait list and a zillion trades from the same batch as me.

Any advice I would give is finish your half and then wait for them to finish theirs and post it before you post yours.
sacch
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Really sorry to hear you got jipped. That stinks, you put a lot of effort into your half and it looks lovely. Mentally noting to myself not to trade with this person.

Edited for grammar.

Edited at 2013-07-04 01:14 am (UTC)
oceandezignz
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Mod Note
Please see this comment here: http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/665994.html?thread=26554762#t26554762

On why the use of jipped/jypped/gypped is unaccpetable to use in AB.
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mdetector5
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Stuff like this is a reminder why I never take trades and when I do I super-friendslock them that I need to get off my own ass and finish the trades I owe. I don't want to be the guy that ruins it for everyone else for the person(s) I'd want to trade (or I'm trading) with, among other things.

Trades can be fun, but for all the ones that go smoothly, there are the ones where the other guy is just terrible to work with, as seen in this post.
lackoflollies
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Since you helped me out when I got effed out of some icons by RJH, why don't you send me some refs and I can help you out this time?
kayla_la
Jul. 4th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
Sorry, missed this reply in my inbox (it got a little cluttered!). You don't have to do that, but if you would really like to, you can find refs for my characters on my profile page: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/kayla-la/ Feel free to choose any of them that suits your fancy, and thank you, that's very kind of you!
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vellacraptor
Jul. 4th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
Also has been caught straight up tracing too apparently, though I'm not sure which image she did?
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nitrous
Jul. 4th, 2013 06:00 am (UTC)
so from what i'm gathering, her excuse for not doing her half of the trade is jumping back and forth between her tablet being broken, being depressed and uninterested, and wanting to draw things easier for her first? and apparently, according to her, there's ANOTHER person's trade lingering out there somewhere that she has yet to finish.

you know, i can completely understand getting into art funk because it happens to every artist, but you don't ignore the people you owe and you for sure don't keep churning out artwork for others and yourself ontop of that, definitely worth the beware
jaburnit
Jul. 4th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
...You could have just messaged her on skype about it instead of trying to make her the bad guy about all this. She had a reason for not getting it done, and she might have just had forgotten about it. I mean, Christ, did you even try talking to her about it, before you started posting all this?
kayla_la
Jul. 4th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm curious if you actually read the post. If you did, you can see that I tried several times to contact her via DA and Weasyl. I'm not sure why I should go out of my way to keep trying different methods when it's clearly a matter of her seeing the messages but not wanting to reply? Why is it more my responsibility to also try skype but not her responsibility to reply to my messages to begin with?
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sapphistscot
Jul. 4th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
'but I hardly ever ask for art trade'

Well I hardly ever ask for a vanilla latte at the staff canteen, so should I get them for free? Ugh, what really gets me about this is that *she* asked you for a trade, and now she's acting like it's a huge hassle and she's been forced into it. Would never do business with this girl.
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