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
. Everything went well, I provided a highres version of the work and Work4HireContract
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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