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There's really no good way to come out and talk about tragedy especially when you don't talk about your personal life in detail much. I haven't spoken about personal matters in the last several years, mostly keeping life, hobby and drama separate from each other. However, when something you can never prepare for happens, how are you not supposed to talk about it when it effects everything?

Both my youngest brother, whom is the person in my life that I love most, and my youngest niece have both passed in an accident. The last couple months has been the most depressing time in me and my family's entire lives. The whole family and even extended members, as well as a lot of close friends have and are in close support of each other over this. But, there really is no getting over this remorse of what could have been and how it might have gone differently. With all that has happened and the acceptance of it, its obvious this sadness and hurt will be with me for the rest of my life. I knew that from the start.


I felt that the best way to try and recover from this is to just get myself out there more and do things to conquer a lot of my anxiety. I want to start by trying to be a lot more active and not worry about failing and making mistakes. As the last month has shown its been very hard. I haven't even been able to think about doing art as much as I've been trying to. I also haven't been working in general.

I have a lot of things I want to do and finish. I want to be active and try and make a living on the things I love to do and stop holding myself back. There's things I want to get caught up on, even start a few larger projects that some of you have been really patient on me getting around to. I just want to start not worrying about failing and just work on having a more solid and consistent schedule and just DO things. I know that having a break from art won't help either. I just have to learn to work on healing while I do the things I enjoy.

The only thing that can keep me going is to stop having regrets. Because there's only one regret I can never take back.
I'm back. Not ready to talk about what happened, but I have to try to keep going and work on something to feel normal.

I have quite a few pics ready for upload which I was about to before recent events, so I'm going to decide what to put up while I try to get back into commissions.

If you want to support me, not just because you want to be nice but because you also love my work, I have the usual links below for my teacher art pack and the "Donate to Continue - Ponies" thing which I do have a few pics saved up for.

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Consider donating to my Paypal to support me in everything I do!

Support my DtC~

Buy my Teacher Pack~
I'm going to be on hiatus. Not sure how long. Could be a while or short. I just need to focus on something that needs my full attention.

For those who might worry I'm actually fine physically. I just need to be with family.
Had an infestation of buuugs. Kind of? It barely spread from the beds, didn't even get across the room and the whole place was fine, but these things demand everything being cleaned. Its tough trying to quarantine laundry with limited space.

Either the neighboring walls or a secret colony in the laundry room. The office can't figure out which yet. Its caused a whole week of work to get them out from my place, but we're still waiting to see if its even in the clear. While I wait I'll try to get back into things and upload stuff.
UPDATE: I decided to just upload the thing as a DtC since people are confused about my intentions in this journal. I'm keeping the journal up though because of comment reasons.

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So I was thinking of taking unfinished/unpaid commissions and converting them into something useful to cut my losses. By letting people donate the original commission price to see it get completed. How do you all feel about something like this happening?

I modify the pic to not be the original commission (usually character replacement) and then ask people to donate to get it finished.
As a follow up from this journal -> Veradaux and Not Paying for Commissions

I have been contacted by FA staff about this incident since I reported it. Here is the final message I got from them.

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Members of Fur Affinity's staff are not permitted to mediate business transaction disputes unless it involves mass scamming; however, I will make a file of this incident in our Code of Conduct Enforcement department so that if other victims come forward an investigation may be launched. If an investigation is initiated, an Administrator will re-open this ticket and contact you to discuss the status of your claim.

In the meantime, I encourage you to seek other avenues to resolve this issue such as communication with the user, contacting your bank to dispute a transaction, or discussing your situation with legal counsel.

I wish you the best in this matter and hope that you can come to a fruitful resolution.
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So apparently they won't do anything unless the user in question is involved in mass scamming. If other victims come forward they'll investigate further. So I say if you know anyone who has also been scammed by them to also report them about those incidents. It must be an incident that happened on FurAffinity and staff can even look through notes if you give them permission.

This seems to be the only way to resolve this since FA policy doesn't protect its users. Lets see if FA is even worth a damn.
I really hate having to do this, but this user has left me no choice.

:iconblacklightshines:, Veradaux of Furaffinity, pixelblast on Tumblr had commissioned me to do work for them last year and has not paid their part after I have done work for them. After waiting patiently for them to get money to continue on with the commission and many months of trying to keep contact with them, they eventually stopped replying back to me. At least as of yesterday when trying to contact them a final time, they had already blocked me.

Seeing them commission other artists over the past year and completely ignoring payment for time I've worked on their commission has frustrated me.

Summary:
At first I took a bit of time getting to their commission. When I presented them the concept sketch and asked for initial payment, they requested I do some changes. There was a back and forth over the course of hours and the following day and many updates and add ons until they finally told me they couldn't pay at all. I gave them a few months before getting back to them which they told me they still didn't have the money.

I saw them commission more artists over the latter half of the year and contacted them again. They stopped responding.

After the start of this year I asked them to continue with the commission or at least pay me compensation for time worked and even gave them an extra month but with a final deadline. They apparently blocked me between then and now.


I guess this is all I can do in spreading awareness. Do not contact and abuse this person. Just spread awareness to those you know who may be accepting a commission from them.
The last plus month has been eh. But I got a few things I'm working on and will upload along with commissions.
I've gotten sick AGAIN so things will be slightly delayed. If I post art, its because I managed to finish it. Things will be touch and go.

I would say it isn't healthy being sick this many times or something, but that's just obvious. XD
Sick. Post summer cough turned into painful body aches. I haven't been drawing or working the past few weeks.

But I got over it and have been itching to draw. I've have done a couple things since I recovered. I got a few things to upload and commissions to finish while I catch up financially. I'll be putting up a pony focused DtC pretty soon.

If you want to support me now though and haven't already bought a copy there's my Teacher Pack ~

Teacher Pack - Art Pack 1 by Two-Ton-Neko
Teacher Pack - Art Pack 1 by Two-Ton-Neko

Thanks to those who voted on prices. I went with $10 so that all 30+ of you that voted can buy it at your desired price. But anyone who wants to spend more (12 or 15) are able to. I'd appreciate the greater support!

Go to the submission for the info.
So I'll be releasing this art pack this Friday if not earlier!

I'm at an impasse as to how much I should charge for such a thing. It will include 18+ images; 6 single shots of each character involved, 12 images of specific characters interacting, and a few extra simpler pics and alts.

For that many I am struggling if I should charge $10 or $15. I'd like to know what you all think about the matter. I'll link the promotional image I'm using so you can get an idea of what the single character shots look like to help.

www.dropbox.com/s/2fqbrh5snync…

I'd really appreciate the input from as many of you as possible!
First of all, its only appropriate for me to let people know my friend shikashi18 on FA is interested in starting commissions. He's just starting out so I'd like to bring attention to him. If you like any of his work let him know.


As for me I'm finally about ready to release a certain teacher themed art pack I've talked about before. I've wanted to try this approach which was why I stopped DtC for the time being. I'll be back real soon about the details so look forward to that.

Thanks for your support, everyone!
I might eliminate the pay midway process and make it a pay up front for commissions.

I've been burned quite a few times the last couple months working for hours on preliminary sketches for a commission. Making multiple alterations that the commissioner asks for before starting the permanent lining work. Only to find out they can't pay right away after all that.

From now on I'll ask for payment before I start drawing the concept and not after.


Regardless, I'm going to have to do a "Donate to Continue" right now since I need money sooner rather than later. The notice will come up in a few. I'll keep trying to do commissions in the mean time and owed work while I wait for the donations to fill up.
Update: I have to add some stipulations because too many people have gotten me to do work for them and not paid or paid in a way that can jeopardize my paypal account, and thus caused me to lose time and money. Sorry about the restrictions this may cause everyone in the future. All updates are in the guidelines below.

Addendum: If you cannot be willing to wait for at least two months to get your commission done, then don't ask to be on the waiting list. It is a waiting list for a reason. I usually can't afford the time to draw. Apologies in advance.

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My commission pace have gotten worse over the last several months because of people putting things off or not paying when they should ruining my confidence. I have to be more restrict from now on. Anyone I haven't had problems with are in the clear because they are trustworthy. Please follow instructions carefully and note me if you want to make sure things are done right to avoid any stress.

- Guidelines - UPDATED 1/17/2018
Note me that you want a commission with some specifics of what you want. We can discuss specifics and pricing. After that is decided I will get back to you with a concept sketch requesting for payment and will show a concept sketch after payment. If you are unable to pay between discussing the commission and me working on a sketch let me know immediately!

You MUST be able to pay when I am ready to send you a sketch. Just make sure you have it ready at any time if you want a commission.

Do not send payment for a service that requires a shipping address.


Paypal payments only.

Do NOT, AND I REPEAT NEVER EVER send a purchase that requires a shipment. Doing this for a digital product can unjustly terminate the artist's account for fraud thanks to Paypal's restrict guidelines. If you do this I will be forced to refund your payment minus the transaction fees of both the refund and the follow up purchase attempt.

Do NOT delete note history or I will turn down your commission.

ATTENTION: If not following any of these instructions causes there to be delays, unusual payment types (ex: requires shipping), or anything unforeseeable that increases my work time, I am entitled to refund you minus any amount I see fit that matches the time/money lost by you not following instructions. Sorry but I have to be harsh so I stop getting screwed by certain individuals.

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Prices:
$20min for a single character - Extra for larger scale and full body
$10-15 per extra character

$1-10 per significant detail

If you want to pay extra for characters I'll spend more time making a more elaborate drawing.

Prices per character can go up or down depending on complexity. Tiny characters are cheap and complex designs/clothes go up in price. Super tiny characters or crowds can be included as a significant detail price.

Extra:
Backgrounds can vary greatly in prices. It will have to be negotiated.

Background splashes are free if there is enough space.

Larger canvas sizes may increase price range on everything.


Samples:
Callie ''Bigs'' by Two-Ton-Neko Big Mac's Big Ladies - Sapphire Shores by Two-Ton-Neko Single character with splash. Total ~$20
True Lab Encounter by Two-Ton-Neko Muscle Cutie by Two-Ton-Neko More elaborate character ~$25 with background $10-20. Total ~$35
Peak Reasons by Two-Ton-Neko Proud Mare in Heels by Two-Ton-Neko Two characters or full body characters, depends on complexity. Total ~$35 - 40
House Wife Celestia by Two-Ton-Neko Getting Thick by Two-Ton-Neko Large character $20-25. Small Extras $10 each. Total ~$55
Sassy Rara by Two-Ton-Neko Large complex pic ~$30 first character, $20 every extra major character. Less focused Extras $5-10. BG ~$20. Total ~$75
Come with Me!! by Two-Ton-Neko Larger scale pics character $25-40. Much smaller characters $5-10. Complex BG ~$30. Total ~$75
I decided to tie in pony pics to a DtC campaign. The first one is uploaded. No specific theme other than WOW figured. I might throw in some fat ones, but we'll see where it goes.


[Donate to Continue] - Big Ponies


Someone brought up about what are the rules and expectations.

Specifics would be listed next to the Donate link, such as "want me to draw these characters more", "more of this size", etc.

The time it would be done would be fairly quick since the options will only appear for characters or pics I'm willing to follow up immediately on.

The amount of effort put into pics, characters, shading and number of pics is based on the overall amount of money sent in total from everyone. They may not be shaded every time (unless large amounts are sent), but more pics means more situations to draw.

What is IN the following pics is up to me overall but will follow the specifics I wrote next to the Donate link. Those who send money CAN make quick suggestions for follow up pics and if you sent a notable amount I'd be more than happy to oblige!
If you intend to donate please be sure to send at least $2. Also its best to donate larger totals at once instead of smaller amounts at different times. You see every time you donate there is a charge. If you send $1 at a time I'm only receiving a fraction of that almost canceling out the point of it. Your money is just disappearing into Paypal for nothing.

So if you think you may want to donate multiple times, its best to wait and donate all that in a single transaction. That's all. Transfer with care when it comes to Paypal.
In light of the site issues on FA and not having access to all my notes there where I hold certain information, I've been thinking about what I can do for my art and galleries. So I decided to let people donate money to have me keep making follow up pics.

Basically I upload something specific with a "Donate to Continue" link or [DtC] for short. Then if people want to send money toward that pic I'll make more pictures based off that pic. More amounts sent means more follow up pictures.

What do you think? I feel this would allow you all to vote with your wallets if you would like to see some more of certain pictures.
On national not being serious day which the internet eats up is the day that something that greatly effects the internet can be ignored so that it can continue to abuse us for another year.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoIL5q…
The situation I was in has become less urgent since the authorities have investigated and are in our favor. Money was returned and things have calmed down, but I do intend to continue this order of quick commissions for those who asked for them.

I will start this up after I finish being sick so don't worry about having to notify me again. I will open your note you sent and message you in the order they are received and when I am ready to get to yours. Its all a neat and quick system so don't think I forgot anyone. Afterward I will get myself to be opened up for regular commissions and finish up owed work. In the meantime I will be releasing a couple art projects. One "pay as much as you want" pony group pic with separate versions of each character. The other a themed art pack with lots of varied pics in it.


As for the quick commissions, I will not be taking any more since I will be finishing these regular quick ones first and will open up for real commissions. If you want a real commission and you are on this list let me know when I contact you so it can be upgraded. I'm more open to that for this instance.

I will be doing simple line arts, with maybe flat colors. Comment below and send me a note saying what you want. As usual I will ask for the money after the commission shows progress.

Please do not donate any money to me because of this crisis but only because you want to support my drawing hobby. If you want to help me out for this specific situation, commission me for a pic instead. I'll start these after I get some sleep and make some more phone calls in the morning.

(I cannot go into further detail about the situation until its legally resolved. We have contacted the banks and the police about it.)