I don't normally use artist beware, but I'm looking for opinions on something. Sorry if this has been covered before, I did look back a few pages. I'll try and keep it brief.
There's an artist I like, we've had 3 years of business without any serious complaints. Recently we've had a falling out and he's started giving me the silent treatment. Why? I'm not sure. He could be to busy, but if I had to guess, it would be the behaviour of his fans.
See, the artist does most of his work on a livestream which the commissioner has to attend and give live feedback on. The chat is almost always attended by his friends, some of which aren't paying regulars. They don't approve of me. From voicing disapproval at my commission to bringing up old beef and starting fights. Even keeping silent doesn't help as my presence there seems to be enough to set them off. From where I sit, they are the ones that are hostile, but I'm the one who takes the blame. It has pretty much made it so I can't attend the livestream.
I've tried to ask the artist for commissions away from the livestream, and if I've somehow wronged him, but my queries have been met with silence.
My friends say I should drop the artist and go elsewhere, I get that. But at the same time, I feel bad dropping an artist because of the poor behaviour of his friends.