So I’ve still been unable to satisfy this difficult buyer. It seems to me that he doesn’t want me to change the example he gave me at all, just to trace it. Isn’t that considered a violation of copyright, if he’s paying another artist to just trace an exact replica of another drawing, for him to put on a t-shirt? I have no idea if he intends to resell the t-shirts. He hasn’t accepted my original drawings, but insists on changes like “the hair is all wrong” and “the face isn’t cute” when I’ve still made very marginal changes to a simple image, in order to avoid just replicating the thing.
I’m hoping he’s not trying to cover his tracks of just plagiarizing a design through paying a new artist, so he doesn’t have to pay the original artist. If he even intends to pay me at all, because he’s been continually unhappy with every image I’ve spent time on delivering.
Honestly, this buyer is insulting my worth and integrity as an artist, and the original artist from his example. So also, how far does this need to go before it’s appropriate to report someone?