WHAT: Refund for unfinished traditional art sketches.
WHEN: My dealings with Shon began in June 2010, when I commissioned him for 10 adult sketches. Over the next two years, I gave him a huge volume of work, but it never seemed to be a problem, as he always got the job done, often completing his work next-day. Even advance payments weren’t a problem, though it took him longer to complete work that was paid ahead of time. The trouble started on January 31st 2012. Shon asked for a $400 advance to get started on a few image sets, as well as an additional set of 12 pics for free (http://imageshack.com/a/img837/7815/pjrd.jpg). No big deal, he’d made that kind of offer before. Then, on April 24th 2012, he sent a request for an additional $400, citing rent problems. While he hadn’t yet completed any of the work from the initial $400, he was mostly caught up otherwise, so I decided to advance him the funds, though I let my hesitation be known (http://imageshack.com/a/img41/3731/v1xd.jpg).
PROOF: See below. Shon’s name is public, but mine is not, so that’s the one that has been censored. Also, the specific subject matter of the pictures, as well as some personal chatter and information which is entirely irrelevant has been redacted.
EXPLAIN: Since that point, I didn’t receive the vast majority of the work from Shon, though he frequently mentioned that he was working on it. I estimated that he had completed $100 worth of the original $800 advances. Four months passed. August 27, 2012, I lost my job and found myself strapped for cash, and having grown frustrated with Shon’s apparent lack of progress (the longest period to my memory that he had gone between him receiving payment and my receiving a finished product), I asked for a refund (http://imageshack.com/a/img41/5049/ic8q.jpg). Following this, conversations between Shon and myself were sporadic at first. I spoke to him twice since asking for the refund. Once on Monday, September 3rd (http://imageshack.com/a/img822/5186/0sme.jpg), and again on Wednesday, November 7th to explain my situation. Since August, I had gotten my job back, so the refund was not AS crucial a priority as it had been, but I obviously still expected to be refunded. (http://imageshack.com/a/img856/8628/7xgx.jpg).
As of May 7th, 2013, I had heard nothing from Shon, and, worrying that he may have taken “time isn’t a factor” to mean “I don’t want you to pay me back,” I sent him an email (http://imageshack.com/a/img89/5848/7df9.jpg), following up two months later on July 5th, 2013. Shon did not respond to either email.
On August 28th, 2013, a year and a day from the time I had asked for the refund, I emailed Shon again. This time, I received a response, stating his intention to discuss the matter via AIM. Shon never showed up, and offered no follow-up email or message. Two months later, I replied thusly (http://imageshack.com/a/img835/817/xb1k.jpg), to no response.
On December 17th, I noticed a post on Shon’s Tumblr page asking for all commissioners to get back to him regarding work owed. I emailed him back, and after receiving no response, emailed again, a little more harshly as I was getting fed up at this point (http://imageshack.com/a/img835/1248/9it8.jpg). Getting no response to this, I emailed him on January 13th, January 28th of 2014, receiving a PM via FA on February 3rd, 2014 (http://imageshack.com/a/img824/6902/7zh4.jpg). No response to my reply for three weeks, so on February 26th 2014 I sent him one final email, which was the last activity.
At this point I don’t have much hope that Shon will ever pay me back, but this is pretty much my only alternative to rolling over and allowing him to take my money with zero consequences.