I had a buyer request that I create 5-6 silhouette images of celebrities. As per my gig description, I charged $5 fore each. I ended I ended up creating 2 complete images in total. To be quite honest, the price was too low for the amount of work (which is my mistake), but it was my first gig. I was eager to make it work.
When I sent the first image, I received feedback that the image didn’t look enough like the celebrity. I made revisions and sent the image back to the buyer, but received no further feedback. Not wanting to have the order counted as late (the countdown was ticking), I waited a day or so before beginning the next image. I sent this image to the buyer and a few hours later the buyer told me they wanted to cancel the order, and that the images weren’t close enough likenesses to the celebrities for them to sell in their Etsy shop.
I don’t blame the buyer. They didn’t insult me, and I understand that the buyer has needs, but it’s a bit discouraging. I didn’t know what else to do but acquiesce to the buyer’s wishes about canceling the order.
However, it feels like I ended up doing a lot of work for free. I know my opinion doesn’t really matter, but for $5, I thought the images were close enough likenesses (you can find them on one of my new gigs, if you’re curious). Not perfect, but for that amount of money, I’m not sure what the expectation was.