I’m new to this place, but I’ve been lurking around for a while, and now I come to you for advice.
I commissioned an artist off of Deviantart when she made the announcement that she was going to close her commissions indefinitely. I paid her in full. The only thing is that this has been over a year ago (I commissioned her in May of 2010). This artist also happens to be extremely popular which is why I’ve been hesitant to say something about this directly to her.
My issue is not that it’s taken over a year for her to do my plush (she’s only barely started on it), but what she’s been doing in the meantime. When she posted her last call for commissions before she closed, she did warn that she has a long queue and it would take a while for plushes to be completed. She also stated that she would not be taking any more trades and that paid work gets priority over trades. Plus, she honestly does not seem like the type of person who would just randomly disappear on me with my money. So I was prepared to wait for a while for the plush to begin with.
However, during the year of the time period that I’ve waited, she’s made several different plushes for one friend as just either gifts or trades, who happens to be a moderator of a community that I am a part of which has also deterred me from mentioning anything. I JUST saw a discussion between the two in which they agreed to do a trade where the plush would be done by September which is in around a month.
I’m aware that she has her own work on the side, and she has a right to do what she will with her friends, so plushes will take a bit, but I’m just a bit frustrated that she’s made at least 5+ plushes for this person as either gifts/trades when her queue is more than 50., and these people have been waiting for at least a year AND most of them have paid her in full. If she can get those plushes done for her friend within weeks, surely she can make a plush within a good time frame for her line of commissioners?
I’m at a loss for what to do or say. So I just wanted to know what the community’s stance is on this situation, since I’m not really sure what the “rule” is when it comes to commissioners and their personal transactions with their friends and then transactions with customers.
Thank you ;o;