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Artist Beware: Grizurso

WHO: Grizurso

WHERE: https://www.weasyl.com/~grizurso, http://www.furaffinity.net/user/grizurso/, https://twitter.com/grizurso

WHAT: Custom digital art commission

WHEN: March 25, 2014

PROOF: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/7d8z4dol3ull2lh/Untitled3.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/12s9hs497ex4ith/Untitled.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/44ypjww61zsthxh/Untitled2.jpg

EXPLAIN: On about March 25, 2014 I purchased a custom art commission from Grizurso on Weasyl. Several slots were open and I messaged him to confirm there was still availability. After receiving confirmation from him through Weasyl that slots were still open I requested one. I sent him an email on March 26 with full details of the requested artwork and three references. He responded the same day with a sketch but it didn't match exactly what I was going for. I suggested a few changes and was quoted a price of $60 for the artwork. I paid $70 up front. The extra money was to compensate him for the extra time spent on the sketch. On March 27 he provided an updated sketch showing the proposed changes. The sketch was perfect and I sent confirmation of the sketch on March 28. After that he became completely silent.

I sent a message on April 9 via email and another through Weasyl on April 15. In both messages I expressed concern over the lack of updates and asked for the current status. I received a response on Weasyl on April 17 stating there had been no progress for a variety of personal issues and he'd have an update to me as fast as he can. I received no updates of any kind after that date. Since then all of his artwork has been deleted from Weasyl and Furaffinity. His Twitter account has been entirely deleted as well. He appears to have vanished. On May 12 I sent him messages by email, Furaffinity and Weasyl explaining that I'd like a refund or the artwork. I have had no response.

UPDATE: On Friday, 3/4/16, Grizurso contacted me unexpectedly on Twitter. He asked for my PayPal address and refunded me the full $75 I originally paid. He did this on his own without any prompting from me. I consider the matter resolved. 

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( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
timelapsedecay
May. 28th, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
Checking his FA page it looks like you're not the only one wondering about something owed to him.
I don't mean to label this artist right-off-the-bat but it has all the makings, to me, of being a scam artist. Deleting all his stuff is a serious red flag. You may have trouble getting much of anything from them if that is the case :C
I'm sorry you went through this, and thank you for sharing
Rattnip
May. 28th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'd hate to label him as that. He's done ALOT of AMAZING work. I saw it all up there before. I wouldn't have commissioned him otherwise. He's very talented. I think something has happened. I hope he's ok. But furry artists should view their work as a business. Closing up shop and running off with customers' cash isn't acceptable in any kind of work regardless of the circumstances. That's the reason I felt I had to post. At this point I think you're right and I'm out the cash and the artwork. It happens.
enjoylol
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Can you please report him to the appeals admin and make a ticket on FA? I have gotten it started but the admin mentioned needing 3+ other people to come forward with receipts/proof/ect.
greyden_fluffy
Jun. 19th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
I've yet to hear back from him either on my commission either. Really unfortunate too and quite frustrating.
enjoylol
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Can you please report him to the appeals admin and make a ticket on FA? I have gotten it started but the admin mentioned needing 3+ other people to come forward with receipts/proof/ect.
Rattnip
Jul. 7th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
UPDATE - 7/7/14
The artist has returned to their FA account and opened for new commissions. No update on when my paid commission will be finished or refunded.
enjoylol
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: UPDATE - 7/7/14
Can you please report him to the appeals admin and make a ticket on FA? I have gotten it started but the admin mentioned needing 3+ other people to come forward with receipts/proof/ect.
enjoylol
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
griz_urso scammer
I have been trying to get my money or a commission from griz for the last year, and have been told by an appeals admin that in order to get him reported and his account closed we need to have 3 others report him. I am getting the ball rolling but I need others to come forward to help me report this individual. Please help me get this scammer off FA for good.
Rattnip
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: griz_urso scammer
I don't approve of the way you posted to Griz's FA account. I wrote my LJ post professionally for a reason. What you did makes it look like I'm harassing him and that's exactly what I DON'T want.
celestinaketzia
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Mod comment
Do not post to the featured person's pages. This is your warning. If you continue to do so we will ban you from this community.

Look over our rules once again before participating in this community. Harassing the featured person does nothing, and hinders the credibility of this community. If you need folks to help you speak to FurAffinity staff you may do so, but you may not incite harassment against the artist.
Rattnip
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
Re: Mod comment
Thank you for getting involved so quickly. I appreciate it.
celestinaketzia
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: Mod comment
All comments are emailed to moderators. I'll be monitoring the artist's page now. If he continues, I'll reach out to FurAffinity staff myself.
enjoylol
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
Re: Mod comment
I appreciate that and my apologies for flaming so hard. Got too heated when he blocked me and ignored me without warning.

As for your other comment, I would like it if someone could speak to the staff about him, if this thread isn't any indicator. I also have a Skype conversation between ourselves where he's essentially stating the reason he didn't pay anyone back, if necessary.
celestinaketzia
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: Mod comment
I simply suggest trying to politely approaching other clients left in the dust by this artist to speak to staff about their experience. If you are inclined to do so, you can also make a beware to add to his tag, however if you choose that route please do familiarize yourself with how we operate.
Rattnip
Mar. 8th, 2016 02:52 am (UTC)
Update. Refunded.
UPDATE: On Friday, 3/4/16, Grizurso contacted me unexpectedly on Twitter. He asked for my PayPal address and refunded me the full $75 I originally paid. He did this on his own without any prompting from me. I consider the matter resolved.
kayla_la
Mar. 8th, 2016 08:36 am (UTC)
Re: Update. Refunded.
Marked this as resolved for you~
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