4/6/14 UPDATE: this commission has now been paid for!!
WHO: bambi. on FurAffinity, also known as legalize-meth (previously catkisses and corrosive-catfish) on deviantART
WHERE: the commission was arranged over deviantART. communication later moved to FurAffinity.
WHAT: Bambi contacted me on deviantART looking to commission two character reference sheets. my price for reference sheets was $30 each, so at $60, this was my highest-paying commission to date. normally, I had always asked for full payment before I would start a commission. in this case, given the high price, I made the horrible and foolish decision to finish one reference sheet before full payment was due, then finish the second reference sheet after the payment had been given. after finishing the first sheet, Bambi decided she only wanted the one, and the second commission was dropped. despite numerous reminders since then, the $30 reference sheet has never been paid for.
WHEN: Bambi gave me the initial details for her desired commissions on July 24th, 2013. the first reference sheet was finished to her liking on August 29th. on Sept. 20th, she was reminded that she still needed to pay for the commission. on Oct. 14th, she sent the incorrect payment ($60 instead of $30). I should have accepted this payment and sent back the additional $30, but instead I denied the payment and sent a paypal invoice asking for the proper amount. since then, many reminders have been sent to her, some answered and some ignored, but no payment.
of the conversation starting Sept 20th requesting payment. last reply was received on Oct 14th, and she did not respond again
in November, discussion about the commission switched over to FA. you'll notice in these screenshots that I am being ENTIRELY too lenient about the payment and too gentle with her, for fear of irritating her. this has definitely been a learning experience, and I now know it's my right in this situation to, you know, crack the whip.
she has read, but not responded to my last note sent on March 7th.
EXPLANATION: unfortunately, this situation is largely my fault for A. failing to demand full payment upfront, and B. being a little too kind and patient and thus drawing the situation out much longer than I should have. I have since written up a full terms of service and will never again make art for someone without receiving payment first. the mistakes have been made, and that can't be changed, and now I'm not really sure where to go from here! judging from the information on her FA profile, she seems to have taken multiple commissions, commissioned other artists, and even announced her plans to purchase a $3600 fursuit in the time that I have been waiting for payment. I'm sure she has (or has had) the money, and I'm not sure why she is so unwilling to just pay the debt.
if you are an artist who does not ask for full payment up front, I would certainly watch out for her.