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Lost Contact: Loculi / Zasalamell

Im really tentative to do this because I know this user has a history of slow communication but.. I'm really starting to get nervous and anxious over this...

October of 2014 I commissioned Loculi of FA (Zasalamell on DA) for a beautiful painting of two of my characters. This wasnt a cheap commission, the most I've ever spent actually (minus fursuits) at $300 bucks. All was peachy at first great communicator got some lovely WIP's of the piece.. but about January of 2015 is when communication started to die down. Now I know life can super get in the way and work/school totally fine.. But its now June of 2015 and I have nothing but a WIP of my piece.. from 5 months ago.

I dont really know what to do.. I dont want a refund for this artwork because his work is some of the BEST I've ever seen.. but this non-communication waiting game is really killing me. Im at a complete loss for what to do.

I guess I'm seeking advice?

Edit: As of June 25th an email has been sent to Ryan seeking just some response. I notified him that if he fails to respond within 7 days from this day, that I'll regretfully be filing a chargeback via my credit company. thats worst case scenario.. like I stated id way rather have the artwork than the refund. But im so nervous as to me never seeing EITHER now.. that I cant just sit and wait. I follow him on instagram (have been since commissioning) and he seems to be posting photos regularly of himself or some artwork but never anything in regards to my piece.. from 8 months ago.. *sigh* trying to keep my chin up. so heartbroken.

Edit: as of June 26th after sending Ryan the email with the ultimatum of filing a chargeback and writing an AB about this user ive gotten a response! good news there! bad news is due to his current life situation he feels it would be best to just refund me. so heart broken over that.. but.. if that's what he feels would be the best ill just agree with him on that. Id rather have the artwork but if hes not comfortable working on art right now.. I guess its my only option.

wont mark this as complete/resolveduntil refund is in hand.
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weisk
Jun. 25th, 2015 05:47 am (UTC)
Have you tried emailing them? Not sure how you guys were communication previously, but I found an email listed on his weebly; http://artofryanwardlow.weebly.com/biocontact.html

I also found his facebook just by googling his name, and he hasn't been inactive (last post is from the 23rd of this month). Although contacting them on FB might be kind of creepy... Maybe try emailing them if that's not how you were communicating before? :/
teekchan
Jun. 25th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
Do not contact via facebook. That's just creepy, and comes off like a stalker.
sevendiscovery
Jun. 26th, 2015 04:37 am (UTC)
that's the only email he uses and that was our form of contact previously. I sent him a email tonight stating he has a week to just get back to me.. just say SOMETHING or else im going to have to pull the plug and call my credit company for fraud. If im not the only person who this is happening/has happened to my faith in this artist has diminished. how sad. his work is lovely and the WIP I got was gorgeous. just wish he'd be straight forward and tell me why I waited 8 months for seemingly nothing but excuses and a WIP.
warally
Jun. 26th, 2015 01:55 am (UTC)
You're not the only person he has ripped off, I wouldn't be surprised if he's raked up as much scam money as Starfinder. I know of two people who paid similar amounts for art from him, and never got the finished picture.

I'd contact him on facebook, even just to "remind" him he still has art owed. Usually I'd warn against it, but this is not an isolated case.
sevendiscovery
Jun. 26th, 2015 04:39 am (UTC)
wait this has happened to others? how haven't I heard about that how awful. Im heart broken. Im not looking for sympathy here but im a rather sickly person and this piece meant more to me than anything. It was a lovely idea brought to my imagination from a story ive been writing. and he was the artist whose work matched what was in my head best. I was hoping to see it done but Im now fearful that ill never get that chance. I might just add him on facebook and see what happens.
Aerych Rəp
Sep. 9th, 2015 06:49 am (UTC)
heya
I've been friends with him on facebook for years. If you'd like, I can try reaching out to him. Wont make any promises of success, however. He's a nice guy. I just find him to be very slow. Took me 1.5 years to get my commission out of him. You really do have to Stay on him, I found. Let me know...
Moonieluv7
Jun. 27th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Refund is for the best~
I also commissioned Ryan in 2013 for $350.00 and waited over a year. At this time last year I managed to get in contact with him and he agreed to finish it asap.

What i got in return was not... anything like i imagined. What was looking so wonderful before was very rushed and unfinished. It was too late to do anything about it PayPal wise and I decided pressing him when he so clearly showed no interest was not for the best.

It is unfortunate to hear he is not doing well, perhaps it was the same deal when I contacted him, but not excusable. I really hate to dredge up the past especially since I passively accepted the piece but I just wanted to add my experience.

whitepelt
Jul. 27th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Art Comission
Hello,

i am usualy a very very patient guy when it comes to Art Comissions since i know that good pieces will take time. But now it seems i am in the same boat as you. I requested a 200$ Color Art Comission of my Phoenix Avatar from an Artist. I got a Partial Sketch in the beginning and everything seemed fine. That was in start of 2013 (payment) and middle 2013 recieving the Sketch. But since then total silence. No Email was answered, no Second Life Chat answered. I called the Artist and got hung up on after i explained it that i want my money back.

I fear that even here my Beware Post wont be posted cause i only have a Partial Email and the Payment given via Paypal. Also SL Chat inquiries. All the other Logs have been lost due to Hard Drive Failure.......
Scyrex Core
Jul. 29th, 2015 07:21 am (UTC)
I got art from Loculi
Hi there I am Scyrex from FA and Loculi did a wonderful piece for me http://www.furaffinity.net/view/13203284/ He did in fact take a considerable amount of time to do the art but he had told me many times that the slow turn out was due to life and situation overall. He was exceptionally kind and well spoken, true to his word and kept in contact as much as he is able to. I had a feeling his work on FA would not continue as he was in the process of a career and college I believe, Honestly I can't recall offhand if Schooling was involved too, but he took a good 8 months for my commission. He is not some scam artist or seeking to fool anybody, it is my honest opinion that like many of us, life is just that, life... I hope this info helps, regardless of it's timing, but I got a good feeling overall from Loculi. I hope everything works out.

Scyrex
cyiakanami
Sep. 13th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
Took over a year
I commissioned him early into 2013. I did a full payment after I received my sketch from him. I was told in a couple weeks I should get another stage and so on. I was really excited. But those weeks came and went with no response. So every three to four months I would e-mail him about progress. I'd get some various reasons as to why he was taking so long etc. Finally after waiting approx 14-15 months I got my piece. It took tailing and kindly reminders to get my art work.
Jaavik Squigy
Dec. 16th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
No communication, no art
Also commissioned him mid-2013 for a bit over 500 USD. Had a sketch relatively quickly and promises of regular WiPs before he vanished. Didn't reply for some time. Finally got back to me in mid-late 2014 when I was in some financial strife and either wanted the art or a refund telling me that he couldn't refund because of his own situation, but promising he'd get on with the picture.

He did offer to finish it 'within a month tops', but with the apologies and explanation that was going through a bad time I told him not to stress since I didn't want to be a dick. Fool me twice, I guess - there's been no further communication since, and he's not replied to attempts to get in touch again.

Too late for a charge-back, so the best I can do is keep on his case. Has anyone else had success in getting hold of him recently?
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