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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.

Blacklightshines, 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.)
!!UPDATE BELOW!!

So it turns out that Patreon isn't the route to go anymore. Its unbelievably easy to sign up, make up information, see all the hidden content, and not pay anything. The whole purpose of the service is to reward those who wish to support their favorite artists to get access to exclusives and sneak previews. However Patreon has no precautions to prevent fake pledges.

So I'm going to have to change how I accept pledges. It might have to be direct, monthly donations through Paypal. I'll set myself up a button or something, but if you all would like to move to that I'll get it situated immediately. From there I can send out a monthly receipt asking if you would like to donate again for another month.

From then on whenever I make a preview image and/or exclusive, based on how much you donated you will be emailed the update directly. This way only those who have donated per month will get to see it and that will make sure that anything I work on will be directly emailed to you. This will work basically the same way Patreon already does, just effectively cutting out the middle man who is taking cuts and not actually helping the artist out.


I've already had questions about how this works by some of my current and past valid patrons and here is what I responded with:

How will you keep everyone updated?
Sending out mass emails of updates and new work isn't a big deal since I can just keep track of a master list of each reward tier and all the emails valid for them.

What about the old reward tiers?
As for the reward tiers, they'll still be valid and I'll just keep track of it as normal. I'll keep a journal on my art galleries for all rewards tier info, and when people get email updates it will include all the basic information too as a reminder.

What about a record to keep track if you are still valid?
The only major change is that people will have to manually keep track of how much they give me and every month I will update my master list to reflect and change based on how they continue. It will all be a trust thing, but I don't think how we've been doing it is any different then what happens from here on out.

How does it work now?
A.) When you donate money to my Paypal for the first time and it successfully goes through, I email you a compilation of everything I've done based on how much you donate. $1 for all sketch dumps and previews, $5 for all currently worked on art packs, but $10 will have to undergo changes since that was basically secret access to posts about suggestions for art packs and what can go into them.

B.) As long as you keep donating every month (basically a notice will be sent to your email/paypal each month), when I do on art projects you will be emailed the progress, previews and completed works done directly.

C.) All major rewards and raffles will be maintained until a better system is available. I'll keep the list of all raffles and such available upon request.



Please let me know what you think immediately if this is good or if you have any suggestions,
        Two Ton Neko

At the beginning of next month (not now), start donating here and be sure to check the box for repeated monthly charges to continue supporting my work. Thank you.

If you haven't donated but would like to start, you may do so now to be included.


::UPDATE::



So here's the situation.

From now on I will ALSO be accepting Donations directly through paypal if people choose to use that. This means that if you choose to still use Patreon, I'll accept that but will link you the location of the stored files.

Using Patreon is most beneficial for those who only want to pledge less than $5. For everyone else, I recommend using the Paypal link provided and clicking on the Monthly option.



However, I have no issue with anyone who still wants to use Patreon. So I will let Patreon continue to charge you UNLESS you wish to migrate, which is your responsibility to transfer to directly Paypal donations.

Sorry for the mess. We'll continue on from here. I'll keep Patreon updated as the months go on with all relevant information.
So this game...

It comes out not too long ago. I hear about it and ignore it for a while simply because I always hear about "great" games that come out. Then a friend whispers to another that they want to buy them it so they can watch them play. What an unusual request?

I've seen fan art stuff about it before this moment and was surprised to find out that its a sprite game. And holy cow am I floored by not only the characters but how the combat works. And how things you do in combat effects the game in the long run. A concept I wanted to see in a game. And not only a great mechanic in a game but in great themed game as well.

Music, combat, story and themes. Not to mention tons of other features the game has!

I can say that I can immediately tell that this game is on my top list of games. Not only retro style and indie games like Cave Story, but up there with some classic titles from the Super Nintendo and Playstation. A game I know that I will look back with nostalgia and remember.

You should look into it too.
Just to let everyone know, I am perfectly fine with people using my art as avatars and icons on one condition. They must credit me in their comment signatures. This does not grant you permission to use them otherwise for any reason or situation. The only exception is art that was done specifically for you either through commission, gift etc.