I have absolutely horrid luck with artists. Over 2/3 of artists I commission either run off with my money or take way longer than stated and don't respond to my emails. The folks who I /want/ to commission never respond to my serious inquiries or once I've sent the description they vanish altogether, even for something simple. It's really starting to piss me off as it is a recurring theme.
Right now I'm looking for artists who draw expressive (whether it be cartoony or semi-realistic) humans well (not in anime style!). Can anyone recommend anyone that will actually respond to emails and not ditch me?
I'm starting to think there's a "Don't let Thornwolf commission you" list out there. I'm really not hard to work with as generally if I commission someone its based on their style and their imagination and I try to commission something that highlights what they would draw normally, for example if someone draws canines really well I'm not going to ask them to draw a cat, or if they really like drawing expressions I'd ask for something expressive.
Good customer service really shouldn't be a rare thing but unfortunately it seems to be that way.