Author-to-Author Warning: Avoid Artist Robert Quill
Update: This matter has been resolved to my satisfaction. However, as I continue receiving reports and correspondence from others who have had similar experiences, I feel it’s prudent to leave this post up, so that the offended have documentation of a history involving this individual. Please also read the comments below for Mr. Quill’s response.
I’ve debated about whether or not to post this article for a while. I’m not generally a vindictive person, nor do I believe it generally serves public interest to decry the short comings of professionals in venues controlled by and representing the experience of one individual. However, having found at least one other example of where this artist defrauded another person and where numerous others have complained on that post of similar behavior, I feel it a duty to share my experience with and warn others against hiring Artist Robert Quill. (Should Mr. Quill see this posting and wish to respond, either publicly or privately, I welcome it.)
- In early April 2011, I attended the RT Conference in Los Angeles, where Mr. Quill was an official vendor. He had on display a portfolio of his works. (I am not by any means claiming the Mr. Quill is not an artist, nor that he hasn’t supplied art work to others.) After reviewing his work, I hired Mr. Quill at the price of $229 to complete a custom-drawn full color ink drawing, based on the description I gave him of my character from my upcoming Fantasy novel. I shared with Mr. Quill that I intended to use his work as an element on the cover of my self-published book, which I had hoped to put out sometime this winter.
- Mr. Quill gave me no definite time line or expected date, but outlined the procedure he used: he would make a rough draft, send the link to the draft to me via email in 1-2 months, to which I was to respond with an affirmative to finalize or offer any feedback for revision.
- On 6/2/11, nearly two months after the event and having heard nothing, I wrote Mr. Quill and asked for an update.
- On 7/21/11, six more weeks having passed and never having gotten a response to my June email, I wrote Mr. Quill again and asked for any update.
- On 7/27/11, Mr. Quill responded (the first email I had ever received from him) saying my picture was “inked up and will be colored soon.”
- On 9/21/11, having no further communications from Mr. Quill, I again wrote him, pointing out that his last email was from nearly two months ago.
- On 10/13/11, Mr. Quill responded with a brief email saying he was sorry and he would “make sure it’s done right away,” saying he was on his way to the New York Comic Con and my project would be “at the top of my list when I return. I’ll send you a finished proof.”
- On 12/6/11, I again wrote Mr. Quill asking for a response. To date (this post written 12/14/11), I’ve had no response from him.
- On 12/14/11 (today), I decided enough was enough. I’ve reported the charge on my credit card as fraud and have reported Mr. Quill to the RT Convention organizers after much deliberation.