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WHO: Millenium-Millie-Gryphon AKA Millie AKA Onyx AKA Onyx Art Studios

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/millenium-millie-gryphon

WHAT: 2 x circus poster style images of my otter shape

WHEN: Claimed slots, provided references and paid on February 14th. Inquired on progress April 10th, got response and first pic on April 16th, which was of a wrong character. After informing the artist of that, she did the second pic, then said she will redraw this one, then delayed past the paypal dispute deadline after which stopped responding to notes (still reading them and taking other commissions).

EXPLAIN: Millie opens these commissions via journals/picture announcements on a regular basis. I took two slots and sent info February 14th, 2017, paid same day.

After no progress for a couple months, I’ve contacted Millie on April 10th to check on the progress, and got a response with one image April 16th. There was one problem with that though, it was a wrong character, which I told her. We have reconfirmed the correct references, and May 7th, I got the second picture. That one was pretty well done. I again informed Millie that the first one was wrong, and also mentioned that it was supposed to go with another picture with the same subject from another artist. I have also requested the picture with the wrong character taken down. She said she will redraw it, then it took a series of delays until paypal dispute deadline has expired (in hindsight, I should have opened it, but her staying in communication and being polite kind of led me astray). After that, she stopped responding to notes while reading them, being active and offering further commissions.

PROOF: https://imgur.com/a/eJB32

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M-ree BiPolar
Oct. 11th, 2017 07:15 am (UTC)
Re: I'm the Artist in Question
That particular one was May 7th.

I didn't send anything on August 7th, the next times I checked on it was June 23rd (which I at the time did not notice went unread, https://imgur.com/8zcxEm0), then August 19th and September 30th.

The "third" drawing likely refers to "I'll make sure to make you a piece to make up for the first commission".

Fralea Comms
Oct. 11th, 2017 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm the Artist in Question
Okay. See to me, that "thanks, hun..." message read as asking for the piece to be fixed while trying to be polite not offend the artist. In this case, you were probably too polite as the artist didn't pick up on you being unhappy. If it were me, I would have double checked since I made a clear mistake even if you had explicitly said you were happy, but one of my first experiences where I did a free request I had a similar situation, where the user disliked what I drew but didn't say it outright so I had to guess. I would suggest in the future to try and be explicit when you want changes. There are polite ways to phrase those sorts of things and it really helps artists to have a clear, undisputable idea of what the client wants.

As for the "make up" phrasing, I (and I think you as well) misread that as the artist agreeing to redraw the polar bear image into the otter image. Correct me if I'm wrong.

So from your POV, you told the artist right away and waited for 3 months with nothing to show for it. From the artist's POV, everything was great and then 3 months later you are suddenly unhappy.

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