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I commissioned two head shots stylized in the mannerism of a well known cd cover art.

No problem with communication nor payment, gave them the link to my Reference journal all went smoothly.

Headshots took maybe 2 weeks or so, though I was in no rush and no specific deadline was specified, so it didn't bother me.

The first head shot was delivered and was fine.

The second head shot took an additional few days, but when delivered the colors of my character were way off. I contacted the artist to ask which reference he used. upon response he said he used an image listed clearly under my "Favorite Commissions" not under "References". ( https://www.furaffinity.net/journal/5393419/ ) I contact them back and saying that that was not a good color ref and the better reference would be her actual reference sheet. I asked if they could recolor the image. To that I received no reply so I waited a day and a half before asking simply if they received my last message (note they were responsive before on average about once every 24 hours when contacted).

I then proceeded to see them make a post on their social media page complaining about "if you send an artist a reference... make sure its accurate"

At this point I am no longer interested in the icons. Emotionally I feel unconnected with them and do not wish to use nor see them as they are a reminder of this unpleasantness. I feel like a big jerk for wanting my money back, but honestly the unprofessional way in which the matter was handled and resulting emotional attachment problems I feel are more than adequate to request such.

NOTE: As a side note I just received a message from them stating, "Please send me a link to a color reference that is accurate and I will have it fixed."

... really REALLY dunno what to do here. Do I ask for my money back citing the unprofessionalism? do i regive the reference and then after make an A_B detailing the issue? Do I point out their error in the first place? (last option doesnt seem like any good would come of it since they blatantly used a non-ref image)

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Oct. 8th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
personally, as an artist, I would've immediately worked with the ref that is labelled as "very accurate" as opposed to the linked commissions- but at the end of the day, that's just me.

was it unprofessional of the artist to complain in public? absolutely- that's stuff for private conversation with friends, where the client and future clients aren't able to see it. venting is understandable, but doing so in public isn't excusable.

I don't think you're entitled to a full refund, maybe a partial- but if the artist is willing to work with you, why not let them fix the piece so that you can at least have some kind of positive outcome from this? it's not as though the artist has gone around and outed you in public and neither are they dragging your name through the mud as a bad client. it just sounds like a moment of frustration demonstrated in an unprofessional manner. personally, I'd take the fix and then just not work with that artist anymore.

I'm also kinda hesitant to say that this is partially on your end because at least, imho, it's clearly labelled what are references and what are commissions that depict the character in a manner that you enjoy- could it be clearer? I- I guess? in only as much as adding what is to be used as a character/color ref and what defines their personality. but as an artist, I wouldn't have any issue working from what you've given.


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