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Unfortunately, much of the communication for this commission was done verbally at a con, but I'll supply a few screenshots that pertain to the situation as well.

I commissioned a friend back in 2017. They told me that they'd have it done by May 2018, but would get it to me sooner if needed. I sent payment for the piece with extra for shipping via Paypal on Jul 2017.

Through-out the commission they offered a lot of reasons why they weren't working on it, including depression. Because they're my friend, I didn't want them to feel like I was dismissive, so I didn't push the issue. When they missed the deadline, I asked again for progress, but this was met with more excuses.

On June 2018 they sent a very rough sketch for my approval. I responded asking for some edits. After I sent this email, I didn't hear back from them. I was unable to reach them until October, when I sent over this email.

They responded with this.

I waited to post here for advice until after December, because they mentioned hoping to have the piece done by then.

I have no idea how to respond here, I'm honestly at a loss.

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metallik_hasse
Jan. 6th, 2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry for what might seem like a late reply. I've been giving this serious thought over the past few days.

Small claims isn't a great option, I think it would cost quite a bit of time to litigate, and while $70 is a lot of money to me, it wouldn't be financially sound.

They have a Patreon, so it seems likely they'll be taking more work, but I'm not certain.

I'm worried about writing a beware, as this artist has a very large fan base, and I'm worried about retaliation. However, I also don't want other people to fall into this same situation, so I'm still weighing the options work heavy consideration.

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