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Mike T. Cherry
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Mike at the drawing board.

Oh, did I forget to mention, I DO take commissions. Otherwise I'll just sit around and draw nudes all day long.

Current Residence: Sagamihara, Japan
Favourite genre of music: Rock, classical.
Favourite photographer: Helmut Newton
Favourite style of art: Yes
Operating System: What?
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Shell of choice: I found a shell at the beach, once.
Wallpaper of choice: My drawings.
Skin of choice: Yes, I have skin.
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: "Don't bump my arm when I'm drawing."
     Last week was a busy week, what with the new Apple OS Mavericks upgrade that totally wrecked my computer (luckily it was the laptop I use for the internet, I have a second computer that I do my work on).  There was also the incident of a burned out clutch, leading to thoughts of a new car for my wife.  But the BIG news was the attempted art scam.

     This is particularly vile and underhanded, considering how hard it can be to become an established artist.  Which is what makes us targets.  The opportunity of a sale is so exciting, we may go to great lengths to try to close a deal.  Here's the what happens.  Someone from overseas contacts you about a piece of art you have for sale.  They want to pay by cashier's check, due to prior difficulties with credit cards and PayPal.  They also have experienced severely damaged packages with both FedEx and UPS, so they will arrange the shipping with another company.  When the check arrives (which includes the cost of shipping), you are to contact the delivery company, pay for shipping, and arrange a pickup time.  Done deal right?

    A cashier's check for a ludicrous amount of money arrives.  I was expecting about $350, but the check was for $2,400 CD (about $2,200 in US dollars).  The client claimed to be in Scotland, but used a bank in Canada.  Odd, but possible.

     I was feeling uneasy before the check arrived, just in the email exchange.  The client wanted to Skype, so I suspect the "exchange" would have been accelerated.  I don't Skype, but offered to FaceTime.  The client didn't FT,  not having an iPhone, but asked for my PIN number.  I said "no", I wasn't giving him any PIN number.  The client apologizes, saying that he didn't ask for a PIN number, I should just await the check.  Along with that confusion, there was an overall forceful tone and demand for a quick shipment in his emails.  During all this, the client continually avoided giving me an address for shipment, or an account number for the transaction with the delivery company.

     Asking my bank if there was a way to verify the cashier's check, they said, "no", other than depositing it and seeing if it cleared.  If it didn't, even having informed the bank about my suspicions, I would then be in trouble with my bank for depositing a fraudulent check.  It would also take an international transaction 3 to 4 weeks to be completed.  They said that I was right, it was a scam and should contact the police, though they thought the culprits would be untraceable.

    After the check arrived, I received two phone calls and an email from the client, saying he KNEW the check had arrived by now and demanded shipment immediately.  I missed the phone calls, fortunately by observing the Shabbat custom of turning off the phone.

     So, the morale of the story is, be alert, follow reasonable business practices and don't give into pressure from a client.  And beware of Scots that DON'T spell the word check as "cheque".



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Just dropping by to see how you're doing.  I'm presently trying to help my son get his hours for his driving test to get his license.  He just re-started piano lessons after I mentioned it as a possibility to spend his free time. 

Work is a wonderful distraction as is buying food for some of my favorite waitresses at a local restaurant. 

I had one young lady complain to me that she ate all three cinnamon buns I baked for her in one sitting and promptly told me she needs to go on a diet and I can only bring vegetables in the future.  That's not going to happen. 

I wanted to wish you well and encourage you to keep creating those beautiful images you create.
You only draw naked women? I've never seen anyone waste their lives so much before.
Perhaps you should avoid looking at the Statue of David by Michaelangelo.  I'm sure it would violate the standards you seem to be holding Mike to.  Or perhaps you are unaware of how much other people appreciate the human form.  It must be a sad existence for you to look for all the things you despise and let other people know your disappointment in their taste.  You'd better get busy.
Get "busy" with what, exactly?
You have a mission dear.  I think you need to alienate every artist here that posts something you disagree with.  Eventually they  will block you and isolate you because they don't want your negativity on their page when there are so many more that appreciate their work besides you
miketcherry Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So, do you ever tell someone when you like something?  Or do you just focus you life on everything that makes you mad?  There is happiness and beauty in life, if you just give it a chance.
DameTenebra Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave! ;)
ShadowKatz11 Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks so much for the fav! Emoticon: Bow 
JvdvArt Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Thanks, because by watching your art I got motivated to continue with my drawing ;)


Great artworks you have!


greetings jessica

miketcherry Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, that was the best compliment anyone could give!  I looked at your galley, and you've got the idea, just keep at it!  Strive to get better, but don't get discouraged.  And always be honest with yourself about how good your work really is, and what you need to improve on.  Good luck!
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