Heyyo. Artist here. So I'm gonna vent a little... I just got scammed for a commission. The total price was real high and normally I require half payment after I provide a sketch. Regular shit. So, this person shows me their PayPal and that they have the amount. Eventually convincing me to allow them to pay a quarter of the price at sketch level. They made up some sob story and like a dumbass, I believed them. Took that quarter payment and went to work. 1/2
It took me about 3 days to finish the commission because it was so detailed and had a specific BG and several characters. A LOT of work. Price totaled to abooout $130 USD. So, with any commission, I send a low quality thumbnail to the buyer and ask for the rest of the payment. Turns out they wanted to “guilt” me into giving it to them instead of paying money. They went off about race and how they’re black so they deserve this because I’m “white” (I’m Asian).
They also decided I was being sexist because they’re some made up gender I haven’t even heard of… And I’ve been on Tumblr for almost a full decade. They went on and on about this shit and at such a rate I barely got an inch in response. I eventually just blew up in anger at them for what they did and all the time, money, and resources wasted on them. Sure, I made a little money, but fuck it wasn’t enough for what I did. I’m just pissed. I can’t believe that this is common…
Damn, that sucks. I’m glad you at least got a quarter payment and that they didn’t end up getting their art. But you know they do that because it’s worked on someone before, probably :/