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Arists Beware: Dog-Bone

Text: WHO: Dog-Bone, DogBoneArtwork, Leachymonster

WHERE: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/dog-bone

WHAT: Reference sheet

WHEN: April 20th 2017: Commissioned and paid. April 28th: Received first version which was inaccurate. April 30th: Received second version which now had a filter over it. May 1st: Opened a claim with Paypal and got refunded

EXPLAIN: Long story short: commissioned a reference of my character. Got a reference with some really random colors. Asked her to fix it. If she changed the color of the eyes, nose/lips, and tongue, I’d be content. Got two more versions of the same picture with filters over them. Got told she didn’t have the sai file anymore. Asked for a refund. Eventually got a refund. She then modified the pic a bit and sold the character after tweeting about it.

Long story long: I commissioned dog-bone during one of her weekly openings. Provided two references (one: http://i.imgur.com/1PhwRpx.png two: http://i.imgur.com/AIlxaLC.png.png ). A week later, received a reference ( http://i.imgur.com/uyUt3Gb.png ) which had the wrong colors (comparison: http://i.imgur.com/QXUTmvn.png ). Asked her to fix it and sent the comparison ( http://i.imgur.com/2At59jd.png ). Got sent the same picture, but this time with a filter over it ( http://i.imgur.com/fH4FnuD.png ). Then another ( http://i.imgur.com/6hbBwbi.png )
Noted her mentioning the mistakes again and asked if there was an issue: ( http://i.imgur.com/ScyPXDc.png ). Was told she doesn’t have the SAI file anymore. Asked for a refund ( http://i.imgur.com/H492aIE.png )

Told she doesn’t do refunds and that she delivered as close as possible ( http://i.imgur.com/15NiNm3.png ). I disagreed ( http://i.imgur.com/6VUtz1Y.png ) and replied to this note telling her I would be filing a claim with paypal which she replied to then blocked me ( http://i.imgur.com/AbNMt9b.png )
I got a refund.

She tweeted about it with some cherry picking: http://i.imgur.com/oJaRDBR.png and then a warning http://i.imgur.com/bCG7CRL.png (warning is fair enough though)
The design she then sold for $85: http://i.imgur.com/jRNaxPI.png

PROOF: Linked a ton, but for here’s a comparison of the three versions and a picture of my character to see how wrong the colors are: http://i.imgur.com/sCA5vuV.png
And some coloring detail: http://i.imgur.com/yLQ4cKd.png
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May. 7th, 2017 02:33 am (UTC)
It's really baffling to me that she wouldn't just color pick the reference you provided in the first place. It might only be a slight difference to most people, but it's details like that that are really important in a reference commission, and the fact that she dismissed those details as "petty" really rubs me the wrong way. In the time she spent making edits to resell her work she could have easily corrected the colors regardless of the fact that the layers were merged. The misplacing/deletion of files is not your responsibility, but hers as the artist. Glad to see you got your money back- beware well warranted imo.
May. 7th, 2017 03:13 am (UTC)
This. There's really no reason, if someone gives you refs with spot-on colors, to not just color-pick for a reference sheet. The whole point of a reference sheet is to represent a character as accurately as possible, after all.

And OP didn't even bring it up, but the artist also messed up on the markings a bit; on both refs provided by OP, the lighter color on the feet ends just before or at the ankle, not halfway up the shin/calf... I mean it's probably just me, but that's another glaringly obvious mistake to me.
May. 7th, 2017 09:10 pm (UTC)
I've come across the 'I don't color pick' thing before for a reference, and it was similarly infuriating and confusing. And coming from a long-time artist, how would you not have realized this?

The errors, the colors, the attitude, re-selling someone's character?! Even with minor tweaks, I literally cannot believe the nerve to say 'I did one art piece of your character, screwed up and was charged-back after refusing to fix it, so now I OWN your design.' That's exactly what they said.


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