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Advice: Complicated Commission with a Friend

Unfortunately, much of the communication for this commission was done verbally at a con, but I'll supply a few screenshots that pertain to the situation as well.

I commissioned a friend back in 2017. They told me that they'd have it done by May 2018, but would get it to me sooner if needed. I sent payment for the piece with extra for shipping via Paypal on Jul 2017.

Through-out the commission they offered a lot of reasons why they weren't working on it, including depression. Because they're my friend, I didn't want them to feel like I was dismissive, so I didn't push the issue. When they missed the deadline, I asked again for progress, but this was met with more excuses.

On June 2018 they sent a very rough sketch for my approval. I responded asking for some edits. After I sent this email, I didn't hear back from them. I was unable to reach them until October, when I sent over this email.

They responded with this.

I waited to post here for advice until after December, because they mentioned hoping to have the piece done by then.

I have no idea how to respond here, I'm honestly at a loss.

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Summary: Artist completed image quickly, but blamed color errors on the OP's reference sheet. The reference sheet shows the colors in question. The artist gave the client a final version with their own reference sheet pasted over the image.

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Refund advice - What is considered a good way to ask?

Lately i've been finding people using artists as personal bank accounts, in which people have asked for a refund from an artist not because they don't want the art anymore, or got tired of waitong for it; but because they need the money.

Lately i didnt think i would run into this, but when i mentioned offering a refund to a person or a rdesign of the pose, they mentioned "well i am in need of money/short on money" in which i was like.. Taken aback some. I get people always need money, it is a needed thing to live. But the comment almost made me feel like O was almost his person's personal ATM.

Of course I will give them the refund if they asked, but the comment left me worried.

What if this person views me as an easy out for money next time they commission me and need it? Wjat of other people who commission me do the same? What do I do? Hand over the money like an ATM and have wasted time if i got a fair way into the artwork because they found their decision to buy the art in the first place was a bad one?

I'm so conflicted...

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WHO: DobermanMoralist @ FA

WHERE: FurAffinity

WHAT: Digital Artwork

WHEN: September 29th, 2018 to Today

EXPLAIN: So I ordered a YCH from DobermanMoralist on September 29th. It is nearing three months since this date, and I have received NO updates on progress, NO messages, nothing. So on Monday I asked for either progress updates or a refund, and they said that they would complete mine AFTER they finished their new Christmas YCHs (which were ordered 3 weeks ago). I said "So.. you're doing the Christmas ones first, before the one I paid for three months ago?" Just to clarify, and they confirmed.

So I said "I think I'd just rather have the refund then." To which they responded "I don't do refunds, there was no queue, you weren't given a number on the queue, I'll do the art and you won't get your money back."

PROOF: https://sta.sh/0s54xmzrqgy EVERYTHING is in this one image.

Advice about an Artist's Sale?

Recently I bought a Black Friday Sale from an artist. The sale included a Pinup and Free Chibi. I received the Chibi but was not satisfied how it looked. There were a few things that were off and I tried to politely tell them I wasn't happy with the result and what I would like fixed. They refused to fix one issue but fixed the rest... honestly the edits looked rushed/spitefully done.

Now I don't know what to do. The artist hasn't spoken with me since which has been a week but I assume holidays got in the way so I am not alarmed. However, I don't know if I want to continue with the transaction now if this issue may rise with the pinup with rushed edits if required or an attitude if I ask for edits. I have the very sketchy pinup and the free chibi.

What kind of refund would I be entitled to? I don't think a full refund but at the same time I don't know if the chibi should be included in the price as it was "free" with purchase but I do not want to sham the artist either. I am at a bit of a loss and wanted to know how to proceed?

Question: Is it okay to ask for a refund if a Holiday dead line piece isn't done by said Holiday?

Hello, AB.

I thought about this question because I almost had something like this happen recently and have actually had this happen in the past and I was wondering what your thoughts were on asking for a refund for holiday deadlined pieces?

I mean, I guess this could apply to things such as Birthdays and such, or just deadlines in general but Holidays are the main thing that comes to mind. I've also have seen artists who take on commissions specifically themed/ to be done by x Holiday or open for commissions in general but offer discounts for commissioners who want commissions themed around the upcoming holiday.

I'm the kind of person I do not like uploading holiday artwork if this holiday has come and gone. I like either uploading it before or on the day of so it's something that doesn't sit well with me. I've had this happen before and the artist allowed me to change the theme so it went well but I've seen some people outright refuse to even change the theme, especially if they gave discounts for it.

So I guess I'm asking your opinion on if it's acceptable to cancel the commission if the deadline is not met, is it okay to ask for an outright full refund even if some work is done since they missed the agreed-upon deadline, and if the artist doesn't want to work on changing the theme after they missed the deadline is it even more grounds to ask for a refund?

(Happy holidays to everyone by the way!)