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VerbMyNoun

Beware Before Commissioning...

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phaet
phaet
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The following text is copied and pasted from a journal posted by
heml0cke
heml0cke
1 month and 2 weeks ago. She promised she would do a mass upload of commissioned work she was working like mad to complete, and would upload no later than August 20th.

This did not happen.

I'm pasting it here, in case she deletes the journal.

"ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL COMMISSIONERS! MOMO IS MOVING/MASS DROPOFF!
I have hit pretty hard times the past few months, and am moving out of my not-so-safe apartment to rent a room in a house. Because of my precarious situation and things I need to settle out/get back on my feet with, I'll be going 'dark' for quite some time.

Meaning I won't be on the internet much, and will basically be on tentative hiatus.

My car totally died and needed to be scrapped, so I have little transportation, and will need to do most of my work from an at-home online service, which will take up a LOT of my time during this beginning blackout phase, until I get ahead of my bills/don't need to push so hard for hours.

BEFORE I MOVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS MONTH, I WILL BE DROPPING OFF ABOUT 80% OF MY CURRENT QUE, AS I HAVE BEEN WORKING TO GET EVERYONES WORK DONE AND DO ONE MASSIVE DROPOFF.

This is different to my original plan, to do 'batch' dropoffs of about nine or so commissions at once, every week. I appreciate your patience, but I'm just going to blow out as MUCH of the que as possible before I black out, and anyone whose work does not get done before then, I will contact personally.

I appreciate ya'lls patience with this, as I let a few things get to me artistically that has caused these massive holdups. I had an issue with being rushed/pressured on a few projects, and it made me try and speed through the que, and I realized 'holy shit, these all look halfassed and shitty', and redoing them all to be top quality has taken up a lot of time, and I apologize for not being more transparent on that matter with all of you.

I would like to reiterate, whenever a commissioner needs me, I will ALWAYS check my email (momochi.draws@ymail.com), or my InkBunny (heml0cke) inbox FIRST. If you contact me via Tumblr, it will probably be lost, so I implore you to contact me via those two methods first.

That being said, the mass dropoff should come around the 18th-20th, and then I'll be going dark, and only occasionally checking into the internet, checking in only with clients whose work I have not yet completed by that time!

When I finish my semi-hiatus and all que dropoffs, I'll resume work on all my comics/side projects, as well as PPM, and come back much better/more organized because things won't be so hectic and up in the air!

Thank you all for your understanding, and I hope you're all doing well!
"

Now, this new account surfaces, with art remarkably similar to heml0cke's style. Come on... compare the 2, and tell me it isn't the same artist:

heml0cke:


phaet:


Maybe I'm wrong. I doubt it, but maybe I am. In which case, I'm sorry. But those two styles are way too similar to be a coincidence.

heml0cke, phaet, momo, orange.pekoe, whatever you're calling yourself...

I wants mah arts, plus the arts you owe my friends, for "bailing your ass out from living on the street".

I paid you on June 12.
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Added: 5 years, 1 month ago
 
Keeran
5 years, 1 month ago
woah, dat aint cool!
kemosabe
5 years, 1 month ago
Goddamn you have bad luck with this shit man.  This is why i only buy art in streams so i can watch them do it.  I don't fucking trust artists.  Half of them are crooked and the rest still feel entitled to an extent that's shameful.  
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 1 month ago
Heh. I have enough trusted artists now that I don't need to go out and find new ones. Plus, she was a friend of some friends that have proven reliable, and she was "in a bind." Those same friends have disassociated themselves from her. At least I can sleep knowing that my money was spent in charity, vs. having to sleep knowing I took it and ran.
QueenKami
5 years, 1 month ago
;3; I hope I'm not one.

But, yeah, this is an awkwardly-too-long wait...Then again I've been know to work really fucking slow too...
Maybe I am bad. ;3;
kemosabe
5 years, 1 month ago
You're not.  You're awesome.  You're one of very few(only 3 or 4)  That I truly trust with my money, which means A LOT.  I don't trust a lot of IRL friends enough to give them money.
QueenKami
5 years, 1 month ago
*3*

I feel good now.
kemosabe
5 years, 1 month ago
im glad!
logitech
5 years, 1 month ago
Ah, poo. Try as I might to place myself as far away from any drama as I can, I seem to have landed right smack dab in the middle of it. :<

Now I feel a bit of a jerk. ._.
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 1 month ago
Not your fault. Sorry it was your commission that I used. Just making a point. I AM happy that she didn't rip someone else off, though.
logitech
5 years, 1 month ago
I understand. I hope you get it all sorted. :)
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 1 month ago
Even if I don't, if I can keep others from having the same problem I did, then I am glad.
Zynzynn
5 years, 1 month ago
Logi dear it's not your fault.  But damn that person...
Zarphus
5 years, 1 month ago
take these to the artists beware portion of livejournal. its a pretty decent compilation of 'oh hey everyone should probably be aware of this' stuff involving shady artists
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 1 month ago
Oh, you had better believe it's on the A-B livejournal.
VellaCRaptor
5 years, 1 month ago
I've posted a beware on her a few days ago and apparently you aren't the only one waiting. :( Someone commented theyve been waiting since april and were told then she was 'moving' and a few more I've spoken with myself as well. (One told that she was 'moving' since last year and also her hard drive was in storage but their art was complete but she's never gotten it to them or got her hard drive.) I know for a fact there was a good six months at least she was settled so I don't know why she just can't upload all your art. :/
MightBeFurry
5 years, 1 month ago
Looks like I'll have to write the ones I'm waiting for off >_< .I was gonna send a pm but it seems a futile gesture. Posting this to say " yeah, uh, me too."
VerbMyNoun
5 years, 1 month ago
Yeah, last I heard, everything was gonna be uploaded a week and a half ago.
VellaCRaptor
5 years, 1 month ago
Please submit an Artist_Beware post. There are many, many people still waiting and the only real action we can take at this point if she is going to continue to ignore people is to keep others aware. I've called paypal myself (and also submitted a beware with more information regarding what paypal told me that you can find and read tagged with her name on their page), and they even informed me her account is "unverified" which means she does not have a bank or debit card attached, which brings into question how she was even paying rent with commission funds and other unsavory things. :(

It really makes me very sad to find all this out.

I've seen so many times kind people have been taken advantage of, and write it off as "it's nothing" or "oh well" when I haven't been involved, but this time I am and I will not sit idly by and watch more people get hurt.
I know that she does not need the sympathy at this point, but rather firm action to change her ways. She's been given sympathy for over a year (with some people's transactions) and has yet to show anything for it, so I implore you don't fall into this trap of excuses.

Hopefully she will come to her senses with a firm boot and get back on track when she realizes people won't just roll over, then everyone can win.
MightBeFurry
5 years, 1 month ago
Very well. For due diligence, I've went ahead and sent a PM to phaet. I'll wait a reasonable amount of time, and then I'll go to Artist Beware with documentation.
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