My friend BubbleJuiceBox
recently posted a warning journal about a commissioner after being harassed by him. Alas she's not the first as a number of other artists have also reported being treated in a similar fashion and as I suspect he'll be moving on soon, I felt it was worth spreading this warning.
I've linked to the full story below, so if you're someone who takes commissions you may want to scan through it in case you have the misfortune of coming across him.
Beware of this 'Commissioner'Now everyone knows that I rarely name and shame folk, only IF it's needed. Well this is one of these cases.
A guy commissioned me for some sketches a little while back. I ran into some bad family news so I was one day late. He started to stalk and harass me and opened a paypal despite on me. But we worked things out. He then started to 'suck up to me' and promised me weekly batches and I'd get so much money spent on me per month. And for a few weeks, it worked out. Things were going great. Til last weekend he completely flipped out on me. And asked for my forgiveness. I forgive him again. Then he really attacked me on Friday night and bullied me and degraded me, even reduced me to tears on the laptop and the phone when he rang me. I blocked him, he started his harassment again. Sending me threatening emails on 'two accounts', sending me notes on here, trying to harass me with a second account on Skype.
I actually asked and told him to leave me alone and to stop
I've got numerous pieces in the works at the moment, the most interesting of which is the third version of "Waiting For the Sun". Alas my last two attempts at hand drawing this piece didn't turn out very well, even after colouring the "traditional" version. I've recently acquired some colouring pens and they haven't quite worked as well as I had hoped. However, unlike before I decided it was finally time to shed the digital program I have been using in favour of another one:
Yes, after around seven years of using Flash to draw my digital lines, I am finally attempting to draw this purely in Photoshop. So far I've managed to accomplish this with a combination of the Pen and Brush tools and I'm finding the latter quite difficult to use. Tablets aren't as "forgiving" as pencil, as even the slightest nudge can make the line very wobbly and look bad. I have found as a result I've been using the pen to try and re-create as much of my original work as possible, but due to the way this works I'm also feeling a little "dirty".
The pen tool works by creating "anchors" that then become a straight line. You would then use various points to add the necessary curves to the piece. I moved away from Flash to try and get away from the fact it "corrects" lines for me, but I feel using this technique is arguably not much better. However you could also argue that I am actually using the tool incorrectly. From what I've seen, other artists use the tool to perfectly re-create a traditional drawing so it can be worked with digitally, rather than trying to improve the line art and fix anatomy issues like I am. So yeah, I'm a little conflicted right now - I'm glad I'm finally trying to make a step away from what was effectively training wheels for a good seven to eight years, but at the same time I feel I've replaced it with another set, or at least I'm not using it for it's correct purpose. Perhaps the more recent Snow picture would be a better one to learn the ins and outs of drawing in Photoshop/with the Pen tool as I'm much
happier with how those lines have come out.
I've also started work on a new piece for Mewrah, a character I've been meaning to come back to for nearly two years. Sadly, much like the drawn version of this Norika piece, I'm not happy with what I've done. I've actually started work on another sketch, merging two poses I found into something new so hopefully that will much better reflect what I have in mind.