May 10th, 2012




WHAT: $25 Portrait Commission

WHEN: October 27th 2011

PROOF: Journal Entry Paypal Receipt

This is my first post here and I believe it has come to the point now where more attention needs to be brought to this.  Because I am not the only one going through this situation.  Back in October AluminemSiren had opened up for some more of his portrait commissions.  I had liked his style so I had jumped at it since I was around when he put a journal up on it for a change.  I ended up being one of the first people to comment in the journal, paid right after it and was on the actual list of people to be completed first.  After some time he continued to add to the waiting list and also ended up opening up for more icon commissions for "new glasses money".  I know how it is with art and I figured it was kind of an emergency so I never said anything.  Though at one point I checked his portrait queue journal to see if it was updated at all or if maybe he updated mine and I somehow missed the sketch of the drawing.  At which point I had noticed one of the new ones he was taking where he said he would have the sketch to them in a day or two.

Finally last month after waiting about six months for the drawing I started throwing him comments as to what was going on because he put up yet another journal for more icons because they "need something to do" and "won't have time for portraits."  I had commented in that journal to try and get an answer from him and at the same time I sent him a note on it. He has since then hid my comment in the journal and replied to me afterword finally.  Here is my note to him and the one I got back from him. After which I had sent him a reply on a few things that I would like changed with the drawing.

At this point I have yet to hear back from him again on anything and I had sent him another note asking for an update on the drawing and it is yet to be read.

For as long as I've waited for this I don't want any kind of refund or anything like that.  Especially since he has given me a quick sketch on the drawing.  I just want to get the finished product from him and not have this drag along anymore.

Update 5/27: He's commented on the actual post here, "
Sorry, I haven't really replied to any of my notes since I came back out of town. I'm going through a really rough breakup, and been emotionally drained, maybe even depressed, and I've lost the motivation to do much of anything at the moment.

I don't like to explain myself anymore because I think most people will think I'm just trying to think of the latest, greatest excuse to not work on my commissions, but I really have been an emotional wreck these past few weeks and it's killer on my motivation."

He has yet to try updating anyone on his actual FA page, yet has been faving art and has shouted on one of this friend's pages.

Update: 9/19/2012

I figured I would attempt to update my post here, though there really hasn't been much at all to update on.  There really hasn't been much mention or updates to anyone's artwork except for this post months ago and I never heard anything back as far as the changes on mine.  Other than where he has the list at mine is marked as inking. I've also been hesitant on updating this or asking him for any sort of update because I didn't want to get any lash back from any of it.  I've already received that when this was originally brought up and one of his friends took it upon themselves to start something on my page. The one thing that was discussed was even if he has no control over what his friends say or do it is bad business practices to have your friends run amok and cause problems while there are some problems that need to be dealt with.  I would personally not shop at a place where the owners friends were allowed to act out and cause problems in the store while I was shopping there.  As far as any of the comments making fun or joking about the "where's my art and such" there hasn't been anything else on that as far as I have seen.  So that had finally stopped.  Right now it's at a standstill again and don't know whether I should contact him again about the art or not.

Update: 10/10/2012

He has been slowly working on the drawings once again.  At first he was working down the list, but is not jumping around it again.  Completing one of the commissions that is toward the bottom of the list that was taken a few months after the ones at the top.  After he said in one of his journals he was going to group the commissions up and work down them in said groups.

He is also apparently going to jump to someone else's because they brought it up with him in a recent journal, but again they haven't been waiting as long as some others, but he is going to work on theirs first.


Back on October 17th he had posted a journal stating that after a break from attempting to catch up on his backlog he was going to jump back in and work on it again.  Since then there has been no more progress and the only update he has posted on his profile was on November 2nd when he stated he had a Weasyl account.  On December 5th I had shouted on his page asking for any kind of update on the drawing and it's gone completely ignored.  Someone else asked as well on the 10th and it's gone ignored as well.  He has been active on the account however because he has been watching new users.  So he is once again avoiding the entire situation.
Calcifer, curious, Howl's Moving Castle

Advice needed? - Uncommunicative seller

Hello, I don't quite know if this is an okay place to post this, but I'm a bit nervous and could really use some advice.

I purchased an item from a user on etsy a little over a week ago. They have decent feedback, save for one negative where the buyer said they didn't get their item. The rest of this artist's feedback was stellar, though, so I thought I'd purchase something from them and give it a go. I bought the item and paid immediately and just sort of waited to be notified of shipping. It's been about a week, and the invoice still says my item hasn't been shipped.

That's all well and good, I mean, I don't know if this person takes a while to make the necklaces or not, they don't really -say- in their shop or anything. So yesterday I popped a quick message to their etsy account with a link to the invoice asking about the shipping status, and asked for a tracking number if they could get me one, since it's coming from a good long distance. It's been a little over a day since I sent the message, with no response. I don't know if the artist has been online at all since, but it's sort of offputting to get absolutely no communication.

Artists_beware, am I being too impatient? I get that things come up in life, but I'd really appreciate some communication from the person I bought from - even a quick little "Some things have come up/I have to make this piece from scratch so it might take me a couple weeks" would put me at ease. The rest of their feedback really commends their fast shipping and quality of their jewelry, so I don't really want to panic and try to get a refund with it only being a week since I ordered from them.

Anyway, thank you for any advice you can offer me!