So a few weeks back I was contacted to do a commission of a beautiful woman who was pregnant and wanted a portrait of her self done before giving birth. This was a first for me and I was very honored to do this portrait for her.
She had a special location in upstate New York at of a huge body of water near Congo,NY. She was supper excited to have her pictures taken and decided to wear some high heels in the process.Since I had no desire on rushing a 8 month pregnant woman with broken ankles to the hospital, I took the shoes away from and shot her standing in the water.
After that was done I completed the portrait 2 weeks later. The painting was done on a 18x24 stretched canvas.
She was very happy with her painting as you can see here in this video sent by her lovely sister.
So a few days ago..what I thought was a client...reached out to me when he found me on #thumbtack
a website that caters to artist.
The guy gave me a sob story about being in a hospital as a cancer victim, and that he was moving out of the U.S. and wanted to get his wife a birthday gift for their anniversary. yada yada yada....
he sends me a check
I got the check with in a few days of sealing the deal...Fedex- ed to my house!
I was rushing to get to the bank before it closed (Saturday) but something seemed off once I opened the package.
1st. red flag....was the name of the check...the check was under a different name!.
I thought maybe it was the guys assistant which he did mention was going to handle his affairs , (since he was in the hospital..)
2nd. red flag was the check paper it self..
The paper itself felt a little light,, and the signature was digitally printed in a different opacity than the rest of the print type.
Being a freelance artist for almost 2 decades, you see a good a…
So last year I did a few designs for a client who apparently was working on some short low budget movies.He paid me for the first 4-5 designs, but the last 3 designs he stoled from me. He was paying me through PayPal, but the last designs he paid me under another PayPal account ( which should have been a red flag to me).Later on, the payment was reversed as the account holder apparently belonged to his angered ex-girlfriend. The job ended up being a lost and a bitter lesson.Now I have received this email...
Marie Lyttle (firstname.lastname@example.org)To:youDetails Hello my name Marie my kids dad has dealt with you for logos etc. Osha I'd his name so I wanted a couple of logos done also one is Sugar Carrie wit a pic silhouette with fancy letters My phone number is 7573671407 Marie I want a logo it's two hands that look like puppet hands with the 🌍 underneath it and I want Mingo World in words going around the earth and the fingers on the could you make them look like a m and on the hand it&…