January 5th, 2011

Hyde from Hotel Dusk Room 105
  • laini

Some advice please

I didn't realise until I went back to check but it's now been almost a year since I commissioned someone for a piece of art.
At the time they were taking commissions and donations as they needed to raise money for an ill pet.
About a week later their pet passed away.

Since the initial messages back and forth I've not heard anything from this person about my commission.
I sent them money for the picture and a little extra on top so I thought perhaps they'd just gotten confused and assumed it was all donation but their last message to me says they would get on it as soon as possible.

After their pet died they weren't online much for a few months and I think they just completely forgot about it.

I know I should probably just send them an e-mail and ask what the situation is but I don't want to upset them.
I'm also worried I'll end up angering them so they'll just send me a few quick scribbles.

What would you guys recommend in this situation?

Scammer: Akarui-Kurai

I apologize if I've worded this incorrectly to how the norm is for reporting people but heres a doozey from me.


I comissioned her intially about 7 months ago and received the comission back a week or so after, I was very pleased. Recently after, feeling I could trust this comissioner as a friend, payed for 2 full coloured, full shaded, dual character comissions up front, as in payed in full rather then half now/later.

During the first few days she responded somewhate often, promising their completion within the next few, due to being behind on a few other things, only to completley dissapear off all sources of contact afterwards. I did manage to get a message or two off her after a couple months of asking for a reply and/or progress on the comissions, but only got a reply after sending a small threat of asking for a refund if it took much longer with such a poor concern for keeping in contact reguarding completion.

2 months after initally paying for both comissions, she haddn't done more then a single, rough sketch. After my threat she uploaded a rough coloured sketch and I got off her back, assuming she was back on track and that she would complete them eventually. I did continue to send messages reguarding them from week to week, but they now met no reply.

6 months in total later after paying for the comissions, half a year. She has now said on her profile she will no longer be doing any comissions, and mine are not even on the list she plans to do before she does so. She says on her profile is her lack of "inspiration" which is also what she said all those months ago when I asked for progress. When I asked for a refund, she said she couldn't afford it. So since I'm neither getting a refund nor what I payed for, I've come here. I know friends who have had the same happened to them due to this artist so please beware.

I also feel very stupid for paying in full, I even offered her a tip if she atleast completed them but to no luck. Please be wary of this scammer.

How to talk to artists...

Hi! I'm heading off to FC next week and I'll be running a panel on How To Talk To Artists (unless somebody else wants to do it , please please please let me know! Or if you'd at least like to come and help that would be great too!). I'm hoping some of you artists may have some points and tips to share with me to pass on to commissioners. I think this could be a very informative panel for people.

So far I pretty much have:
-I don't need your full character history, just a description of what you want.
-character refs are awesome
-we are not art machines...art takes time to make
-if you know what you want feel free to give us tons of detail...it leaves less guesswork for the artist and you'll get what you want
-don't complain about the price. The artist sets the price that makes the art worthwhile for them to make. If you don't like their price then find someone in your price range.
-be polite
-don't be a creepy stalker
-just because you bought something does not make us friends

Ummm, anything anybody can add would be fantastic!
If any non-artist people have anything they'd expect from or like to get out of a panel like this one, that would be extremely helpful too!

* I know this is kind of last minute, but I had responded to a LJ post months ago that I was interested in maybe running that panel and then promptly forgot about it until I was contacted a few days ago...