April 16th, 2012

Beware: SoraKitty

WHO: SoraKitty

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sorakitty/

WHAT: Entered an art contest with the prize being $50.

WHEN: around 11 months ago. The journal http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2383472/ (it says waiting for mine but she never updated it.)

PROOF: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2383472/ Journal with the entries
http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2527594/ - she moves out.
http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/3035986/ - she comes back after around 6 months. Says she'll post the winner in Feb.
http://www.furaffinity.net/full/5897474/ - my entry
I've sent her countless notes all of which have been read and unanswered.

Screenshot of comments on my submission(requested by mod) http://i.imgur.com/YtkFv.jpg
Screenshot of her original journal http://i.imgur.com/uylyw.jpg
Screenshot of journal saying she would choose a winner in February http://i.imgur.com/ieBgP.jpg

EXPLAIN: I'm not exactly sure how many art entries she had for her contest but I know it was over 5, but even if only 2 people enter you need to be able to pay up if you have a contest. As of now she hasn't paid anyone. I noted the people I knew actually submitted art and asked them if she may have personally told them they won and paid them then - but none of them were contacted. At this point she is active and does not seem to be willing to finish the contest any time soon - considering she's ignored my notes over the past years. They have been all basically the same thing, but here is the most recent one -> http://i.imgur.com/R3l7H.png

I'm not sure what can be done when she wont respond to my email - for all we know she could have chosen a tattoo design already and had it done without paying anyone :/

EDIT (4/17/12)
I would also like to make it clear that I'm posting this because several people, entering a contest assuming one person will win and get $50, saw no results. This is a warning so people can be careful about entering her contests in the future.

Possible beware?

Hello Artist_Beware.
I've watched this livejournal for quite a while, and it has been quite useful in my commissioning endeavors.
However. Today I come to ask a question: Should I post a beware about a current situation I'm in?

I commissioned an artist back in January (I will not tell the artist name unless a beware is needed) for a reference sheet of my female white tiger character, Annabelle. Things went smoothly, I paid the 40$, and I asked how long the artist thought it would take. I was given a month timeline. Which I thought was awesome.

I'm not a pushy person. I work as a commission artist, and I understand life, and mood for drawings sometime come in the way.
Around late January, I started checking the artist's FA to see if my reference sheet had been none. I saw nothing. So I decided, "Hey, it's all fine. She should have it done soon." I didn't bother them and just kept looking every week or so.

February went by, and still nothing. Finally, on March 6th, I messaged the artist asking about an update. I received a note back after a couple of days (after leaving a shout on their page) that said:
"Your note almost got pushed back! And sorry, I don't have anything done on it yet, and it's been about two months? Kinda got a little busy between then, and sidetracked! I will try to get it started this week, and add a little extra, because you are patient with me. xD"

I was super excited, so I decided to just say awesome, and let her go on her artsy way.
Once again, I looked at her FA everyday, and my notes. Never received or saw anything.
I finally decided to note her again on March 30, just to see how things were going, and if she had started.
That time, she replied within a day, with a sketch of the front and back. She noted herself she had forgotten some details (The wing, etc.) and would add them in.

I waited some more, thinking the reference would be done soon (since I hadn't been told otherwise.)

Still, I watched and waited. And saw nothing. As of April 10th, I had sent her a note (which has been unread) when she had expected the reference sheet to be done.

It's been quite a while since I first commissioned her, and I'm getting frustrated. At this point, would a beware be merited, or should I try sending one last note?