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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 04:55 pm (UTC)
I cannot fathom not saving your sai/psd file.
Admittedly I will save every single file I ever used, which is possibly a little bit over the top, but it means I never have to worry about not having an available file. I even switched to saving everything to dropbox as well as my usb drives thanks to losing some files once during an hdd failure, which is honestly worth the 7.99 a month for 1TB of storage space.

Even without the sai file though, it's not the end of the world to provide the changes you asked for. You could even switch the SAI selection source to "colour difference" and flood-fill most of it with the correct colours then clean it up after, then just trace your own lines to make them clean again.
I echo the other comments in that it makes little to no sense to not colour-drop the colours from the images you gave them for the reference, being that it's ... a reference sheet.... and thus needs correct colours...?

Definitely a well warranted beware.
May. 8th, 2017 01:26 am (UTC)
I mean honestly....isn't that just COMMON SENSE to save it at -least- until the commissioner verbally approves it, if not longer? It's almost like she finished it and then completely deleted the file with the separated layers, made a do-or-die move, and sent out the flattened image. I also find it impossible to fathom why ANY artist who lives off of their commissioned work would do that. Well put.

Edited at 2017-05-08 01:27 am (UTC)


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