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  • Beware: Calima / Storm Shy Arts

    • Who: Calima / Storm Shy Arts
      Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/calima
      When: 10/18/2020
      What: Commission
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    This beware is about Calima, aka. Storm Shy Arts.  I initiated the commission transaction in October 2020 (see attachments; all edited for names, email addresses, or any personal/private information) for a 2-character commission.    Details were worked out and payment was sent via Paypal.  2 months later in December 2020 I sent a message to the artist on Fur Affinity asking for an update, but did not receive a reply.  I sent another message in January 2021 for an update and again received no reply.  I again sent a message on FA in March asking for an update with a notification that I would be filing a complaint on Artists Beware, and received no reply.  [Note:  I was also sending a copy of the January and March messages to the email associated with the Paypal payment, but that turned out to be an address the artist only ever used for Paypal, not correspondence.]


    In May 2021 I started the action of filing a complaint on Artists Beware.  The moderator was able to find me a valid email address for the artist, so the complaint was put on hold as I reestablished contact.  The artist did quickly reply to my email (see attachments), and we got the ball rolling to continue with the commission.  Over the next several days and weeks we exchanged several emails that cleared up some details and some WIP updates were sent to me.  The last WIP I received was 5-30-21.  On 6-13-21 the artist said she was going to "play with the background a bit more" and said it would be ready by July 10th.  On 7-23-21 I wrote again asking for an update.  The artist replied on 7-31-21 that her laptop had died, and as the replacement was soon to arrive she would have my piece finished very quickly.


    On 9-29-221 I wrote again asking for an update.  The artist replied the same day with the excuse that there were technical problems and they were moving, but she would "aim to finish the five details of this background this week".  I never received anything.  On 12-30-21 I wrote again asking for an update.  The artist replied the same day with health reasons as the excuse for no progress, and promised to send an updated version soon.  I wrote back and said I was willing to work around complications and that I just wanted to know the commission hadn't been abandoned.  Since then I have never received any update or any other contact from the artist.   Calima finally returned to Fur Affinity a few days ago after being away for so long, but when I tried to reply to a journal I found I'd been blocked.  That's when I knew it was time to post something here.

    1 calima initial transaction.jpg

    2 calima second contact confirming details.jpg

    3 calima my reply confirming sending payment.jpg

    4 paypal transaction.jpg

    5 calima my first request for update.jpg

    6 calima my second request for update.jpg

    7 calima my third request for update.jpg

    8 sent 5-25-21.jpg

    8b received 5-25-21.jpg

    9 received 6-16-21.jpg

    10 received 7-29-21.jpg

    11 received 9-29-21.jpg

    12 received 12-30-21.jpg


    Edited by James
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    ...Wow. They already put the effort into nearly finishing it if I'm reading this right, followed by some replies between months about promises to fix/finish it. Why wouldn't they just finish it instead of causing a huge problem and getting themselves the embarrassment of being posted here? A huge delay, too. You definitely had patience.

    A beware well-deserved. 

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    ...and it barely worked according to plan, isn't it?

    Your beware about this artist was well-deserved and not in vain, because it deals with those kinds of incompetence, such as failed commission attempts and some disproportionate retribution, like being blocked by the artist for being desperate for update and implied impatience, though no fault of the client. You were pretty patient, simply this artist was either lazy or too busy with other commissions.

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    Due to you evading the block on FA and using that venue to harass my friends against their TOS - you leave me no choice but to actually answer this here and lay this to rest completely.

    NOTE: I will admit that this commission took me a minute. I am extremely sick and suffer from several autoimmune diseases and most recently a stroke this past summer. There are days I cannot get out of bed. There are days I cannot look at a computer screen without vomiting. There are days where I sincerely wish I'd wake up room temperature and get it over with. However, I am up front with my medical issues and they are plastered ALL OVER my social media and FA pages. There's no freaking secret and commissioners choose to commission me knowing it may take me a moment to get their work turned out to them. I will own up to that. 

    1.) You ordered a two character commission fully colored with a SIMPLE BACKGROUND. You yourself agreed to this and I even discounted the art even though the subject matter was... Well... It was what it is. I needed money for my medical bills, you wanted art and who the hell am I to kink shame, right? I have attached a file where you agreed to the simple background.

    2.) You received SEVERAL updates to your commission to get the color of the mare right etc. I was more than cooperative right up until the point you wanted more than what you paid for. You wanted a more detailed background but did not want to pay for it.

    3.) You received the full size piece in 2021 including the simple background. You got what you ordered. You WILL NOT bully me into giving you anything more.

    4.) You were only blocked on FA after you threatened to doxx me using information you obtained through my PayPal account which, by the way, is over 20 years old, verified, and has zero marks against it. It was not to evade you on a commission I supposedly didn't finish - it was to avoid your abusive behavior. I do not owe you my time, my energy, or anything else. 

    Moving forward, I am reporting your continued harassment and circumventing being blocked to Fur Affinity. I have all the information I need to take this to law enforcement and seek a restraining order on you if you choose to continue this behavior. 

    YOU GOT YOUR COMMISSION IN 2021 and, being frank, you got the better end of the stick considering the price you paid.

    If you need a copy of the file, it should be in your email. If not, I will send it to you or place it on a cloud. That is all. I do not want communication with you and I sincerely caution you about what you say about me considering I think it's pretty obvious that you chose to be predatory to a new artist and are trying to extort more than what you paid for out of me.

    ADMINS: Considering it's obvious this individual obtained what they paid for, I ask that this thread be deleted. Thank you.



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