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Journal Entry: Sat Feb 18, 2012, 9:56 PM


Don't you hate it when a client commissions you but never pays? Can it still even be called a commission? Because Its clearly theft.

I was contacted a while back by Work4HireContract to create images and assets to promote his "Project" Warring Realms, at the time called Manga Fury.

I was originally asked to design a "god" character for use in the game's story, Huange Se here was the result Huange Se $15 Com by DKDevil. Everything went well, I provided a highres version of the work and Work4HireContract paid me.

I was then tasked with a bit of graphic design work, fitting other artist's works to a variety of design templates for promotional purposes. The first few of these went fine and I received payment shortly after.

This is where it gets less fun.

Work4HireContract and I had agreed on a final batch of images, larger than the previous ones which I would proceed to do over the course of 2 days for $50. He also told me that his budget for the project was running low and that he couldn't pay me until February 4th. The images were completed mid January and sent directly to him.

It is now February 19th and I still haven't received a single dollar for the work. I've contacted him multiple times only getting two sentences out of him saying that he had changed his paypal account balance and that it would take a few days to do the transaction. That was a week ago.

So this is all fine and all, one of the risks of doing commissions online without explicit written contracts, but it gets uglier.

He's opened up a kickstarter for his project using some of the designs I made (which I remind you I have not yet been paid for) to promote the project. www.kickstarter.com/projects/t…

And the cherry on the sundae is that he has misspelled my name on the project's website. :| www.warringrealms.com/#!fanpag…

What do you guys think of this? Have you ever been scammed, working via the internet?

Anyhow, I'll be reporting the kickstarter. We'll see how that goes.

Now to try and find another art job :| (I really needed that money.)

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Mdog1678 Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist
What a douche! This irritates me to no end. Hope you get your money!
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PolyMune Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
noooo not you DK you're such a lovely person too :noes: *shakes fist*

i was going to ask you to do another commission for me coming up...but i know that doesnt ease the pain

I'm sorry this happened too you. It's really hard to trust people sometimes and it sucks. Grinds my gears when it's artists getting taken advantage of
Report that kickstarter and i hope it gets shut down. He should really be ashamed, not paying you then using your work. grr

I hope things get better, :huggle:
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DKDevil Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wont be able to shut it down after all. Since I did graphic design work using existing images I can't hold copyright to the work. And that was my only way to nail that kickstarter. oh well they don't seem well off to get funded anyways, and you know how kickstarter works.
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PolyMune Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's not fair. Sorry you're out 50$ but at least this is a good informative post for people not to trust individuals like that! I wish there was more that i could do for you.
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DKDevil Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, don't worry about it lol.
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3run-Josh Feb 19, 2012
Billabong got really slack at paying me in the end so I hounded on at them daily I eventually got the cash but gave myself a bad reputation for the hounding. Luckily for me Billabong sucked to work for either way and now they are almost bankrupt. Karma hurts Billabong when they treat their staff like shit :P maybe it will get him for you too
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DKDevil Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fingers crossed.
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Rocket-Peace Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I've always wanted to do illustrations for a living...Or something like that, drawing what other people want me to draw.
...But when you said "Don't you hate it when a client commissions you but never pays?" it gave off the impression that you get ripped off the majority of the time. o_o is that true?
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DKDevil Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't say a majority. You just need to learn how to pick em. XD
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Rocket-Peace Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, Well thanks anyway! :XD:
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