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  • Mood: Disbelief
  • Reading: CnB script
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[update 2] The scammer is now actively using this account: cayman90053, posting stolen work and accusing the original artist (chris-anyma ) of theft.

[update] He has deactivated his account, but it's likely he will make a new one at some point. Keep your eyes peeled and don't let your guard down. >:C

For more info:
fav.me/d58rwuc www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/0… fav.me/d5nqqcq

Watch out for people named: Greg Garwood, Josh Hoopes , Stive Raptor
Watch out for these e-mails used: artistorms@gmail.com, accountings@rocketmail.com, 989.creative@gmail.com, comicartjustice@gmail.com, booknut82@yahoo.com
known new accounts: cayman90053
possible DA accounts: accountings
former DA handles: dk950 , cirus8, warrioroftime82

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Recently I was contacted by a potential client, but as I did my usual research on him, he turned out to be a rather active scammer. Seeing how a number of our fellow artists have already fallen for his scam, I felt the need to pass the info along to you all.

Here's the post that caught my attention: fav.me/d5nqqcq
He contacted me as Stive Raptor, using his gmail account, '989.creative'.

After so many years doing commissions, I am still very shocked every time I hear of artists who get scammed like this. Identifying and/or avoiding scammers is not impossible, so instead of ranting, I decided to write up a few things I've learned over time and I want to share them with you.
Hopefully this will be useful to some of you guys and prevent people from falling into any traps! XU


1. Always clear up these issues before accepting any work: What it is you will be drawing, and how much it is, when you'll be paid, the time frame in which you are going to complete it, how many edits you will allow per piece, and what the art is used for.

2. If someone seems fishy, google them. (Personally, I google every person who contacts me, just to be sure.) If their name doesn't come up with anything, google their e-mail address or the studio/company they claim to work for. Scammers sometimes use aliases and change e-mail addresses, but if they've been exposed before, it's likely the one they used for you is listed somewhere.

3. Always aim to get paid in full, in advance. If this is not possible, ask for a physical contract (real name, real address), and get paid 50% up front, 50% upon completion. If the client seems uninterested in finding common ground with you, there's reason to be cautious. When in doubt, refuse.
[Edit: another fairly safe suggestion: divide work into steps and get each step paid! sketch/inks/colour]

4. Always watermark and only show low resolution images if you haven't been paid in full yet. The watermark should be prominent and hard to remove until you've received your full payment.

5. Exposure is not a form of payment. No exceptions.

Warning signs:
♦ When someone doesn't answer your questions straight. Especially concerning payment.
♦ When people come up with excuses as to why you should send them the high res version early. (for example: "my team is on a deadline, we need it now, I'll pay you next week". It is not your problem.)
♦ When people ignore the original agreement. This can be sudden changes in deadlines, sudden demands for more changes etc. Stick to your guns and give only what they paid for. If they ask for more, inform them on how much more that'll cost them.
♦ Wanting free samples. If you are on DA, chances are that you have art in your gallery. Some people will demand 'test sketches' to see you can do it, and run off with those. Your gallery should have enough examples of what you are capable of. (make sure you have a well kept gallery)

[Edit]
Tips for clients, who are afraid of being ripped off by artists who don't deliver:
◘Check an artist's reputation concerning commissions. Best commission people who are known to deliver.
◘Check if the artist has finished commissions in their gallery.
◘Contact former clients and have a chat with them.
◘ start with a small commission, see how well it goes before asking for big expensive ones.

So keep an eye out my fellow creatives, be safe! ; 3; ♥
Wish you all wonderful Holidays, lots of warmth, good food and love.

~Mikiko
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:icondragon-paragon:
Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Sounds like a grade-A asshat. If he's getting these commissions to order, they're probably cropping up on his personal accounts...
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chris-anyma Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
by the way i just uploaded the real screenshot that has been stolen and see how sickly he polished it, deleted the ps windows and copied and pasted the arm, please have a look

[link]
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Eidenet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
VERY IMPORTANT.
Hi guys I m Eidenet, a digital artist since some years. I worked with many companies and tons of people here on DA, on FB, or eherever u will see can confirm I am a fair person. I know chris-anyma from long time, I followed a good amount of his path. I even saw the costruction and painting of this wip, wich Cayman stoled in a horrible way.
Since CHris accepted the painting as commission, he sended an update to Cayman, and Cayman posted it as if it was his own picture. Of course when Cris saw that even if he posted the picture, Cayman's post was from early days.
But this doesn't mean nothing. Chris has the PSD of the image with all the layers ( he can post whenever needed if people doesnt believe him,) and if u see your gallery you will notice that this painting is exactly his style, and a wip, since Chris pic's are always very cool ( check hands, the picture is clearly a wip)
SO I doubt Cayman has A layerized PSD of the painting, where we can see how he made it from the first sketches to the last layers. And Cayman has not a gallery like Chria gallery, with tons of amazing PRO pics in the exact same style of this one.

Personally I saw chris-anyma doing the picture, since he even asked feedbacks on it to me before sending to the client (Cayman) wich didn't payed and stoled the image. He even posted that immediately, so he could say he posted the pic sooner than Chris. A very poor argument since any artists knows that u need a PSD to prove the image is yours, with some layers and making of too, possibly. ANd CHris gallery speaks itself about this diatriba.
Cayman stole the painting, makes multiple accounts and stoled other painting from other artists too, in the past.
Now since I luckly got a couple of Daily DEviations, I am in contact with some Deviant Administrators, and I hope I will be able to make this problems end. at least here.
I am very sorry for people like Cayman, coz if you are at the point to steal other artists' s works and do all this noise to try legittimating your version, it means you have serious porblems.
My advice: go back studyng art fundamentals and come back with your own paintings. Even if not good as Chris-Anyma s stuff, it will be always better than stealing.
TOday I will write on my journal ( wich luckly is followed by some fellow PRo artists about this, cause we artists have to protect ourselves and our efforts in art, in a world like this, when there is people like Cayman90053.
Im confident very soon DA will catch his IP or whatever trick he will try to mask his IP and ban him forever. WE must defend and help together against this kind of persons...I hope one day they will grow up and apologize. Is never too late to start painting..but stealing art from fair and honest persons like CHris ( his error is beeen to trust Cayman and dont ask an upfront payment when he started doing the wip, but Chris has all the e-mails, so he can easily suit Cayman if he wants to--fact is we think is probably a young child who hasnt still realized how he is hurting ther people wich works hard everyday for their passion)
So I can confirm, havin provided Chris of feedbacks during the painting, and told him to be careful in accepting a non upfront payed commission, that Cayman is a SCAMMER and STOLED chris-anyma artwork.
PS sorry for my bad english
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:iconhclark:
hclark Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're a cool person :)
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:iconchris-anyma:
chris-anyma Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much dear friend, i just wanted to add that i am not a fool or inexperienced guy like that, we agreed to an upfront payment but since i was free i started right away painting and thought well whatever, if he doesnt pay i will surely use this piece in my portfolio, my error was sending him a wip that confirms and assures him i was taking the job seriously as i do always and show him i already started so he could trust to pay me, i never imagined he could even steal a damn screencapture that he then proceeded to polish up and even used as his desktop picture, to whom want to see i will post the original screenshot on my page, thank you!
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:iconchris-anyma:
chris-anyma Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
btw last thing he threated me not to post my art, i have almost finished it changing some design so you guys will see, thank you for our support and keep it real

chris
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Lyna-LoopS Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DA can't take his IP and ban him forever ?
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:iconzombiesmile:
Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional
I don't know. but people can change their IP pretty easily either way.
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Lyna-LoopS Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yep that's true...
Someone ok chasing this guy and breaking his both hands ?... Maybe it would help him think about how bad and pathetic is to steal other people's work. *sigh* But violence isn't the answer, yeah... :devil:
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hclark Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes - anyone have access to computers at libraries, school, work, netcafe, anywhere now
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