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Comish. Review: Eriyy by polkanator Comish. Review: Eriyy by polkanator
To say that this guy pissed me off is an understatement. I'd like to put this commission into perspective: This artwork started in March of 2010. The art showed up in Febuary of 2011. 11 F'ING MONTHS!

Here's the guy's DA page (and this is not to promote him): [link]

By the end of that, I didn't even care to look at it. What has he done wrong on this commission? Well here's a list:

~ He lied constantly about the lead-time
~ He went weeks and weeks without responding to e-mails
~ Without asking he's shared the artwork with everybody on the internet (sharing as in selling digital copies)

This may seem like small things, but to go nearly a year before you get your artwork is beyond acceptable. The last 3 or 4 months I never thought I'd see it, but whatever.

The funny thing is, originally, I was rather fond of his art, and his prices were good. I'd have commissioned him a dozen times more, if he just wasn't such an unprofessional liar. The art he did isn't bad either (this is just 1 of 10 pages I requested), but I tell ya, the stain this guy's BS left on this art makes me not even care anymore.

Forget this guy. I know I wil. You'd be a fool to commisison him.

OFFICIAL JASON REVIEW
Speed: -1 out of 5
Value: 2 out of 5
Communication: 0 out of 5
Satisfaction: 0 out of 5
Overal: 0 out of 5
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MonikaRm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
wow he said he was just starting on my piece
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polkanator Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Just watch how you pay him. Paypal'll protect you for a while. He exceeds the time-limit, take back your money.

Maybe you'll get lucky, but it's your call. Good luck.
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MonikaRm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
he said he was working on some sketches but heard nothing since, shame, i really liked that style
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R0tti Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
He does have clean lines - but watta jerk!

Does he state his policy on copyright? By that, I mean does he explicitly sign over the copyright on works along with the art.
United States law (and most international law) regards the sale of art and the sale of copyright as two very separate issues.

I specify that I retain copyright on works unless the client wishes to buy the rights (eliminating myself or my heirs from any profit in the future of compiling that work into a book or other sellable medium).

I charge far less for works where I retain the copyright - and the client is fully informed of the reason the price is so reduced. I plan to make the profit in the long run on reprints.
Or they can buy out the copyright and pay me for the exclusivity of the work.

However - I would NEVER share the commission work with anyone until the client has had a chance to enjoy the work - and only if I still retained the copyright.
Also, I would contact the client with a heads up that I planned on showing the work as an example in my portfolio if they had purchased the copyright.
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polkanator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
The guy was just unprofessional from start to end. I actually saw my commission on numerous websites before he even showed it to me.

Good point about the copyright though. He never said he'd retain the right to show the images, but for him to profit (as in sell the package to others) on felt wrong.

Also, most people I commission ask permission to post it (and even offer to watermark it) so I get to have the only high-res clean copy.
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R0tti Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I agree totally - showing someone's commission publicly before the client sees it (my wife sees me work...;) ) is bad taste, bad form, bad business. Totally rude!

Regarding copyright and watermarks: I have learned the hard way that I really have to watermark EVERYTHING on the internet. I know how easy it is to take an image from the web. And so many will cheat you if you make it easy.

Even when I retain the copyright, if I'm sending a high res image to the client, I do tell them that I don't mind if the use it print a poster or T-shirt or whatever for themselves or a family member (to a limited point, like 10 prints).

I just don't want to see it in a commercial environment when they said they wanted it for personal use. Big difference in the price point! :)
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