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This entry involves Chochi on FA

Back in May 2009, I commissioned this artist for a two character full color image. The price was $49 split into two payments; $24 due at the beginning and $25 due upon final preview of the work. The first payment was made at the end of May.

Chochi was quick to provide a preview sketch for the commission on June 1st. I loved it. Within my emailed reply, I suggested one modification. I received no reply back. On June 8th I sent off a message asking if he received the last email. No reply again. On June 13th, I sent one more message where he was very apologetic and had mentioned that it had been a busy week.

By the next month, he posts this to his FA account:
This journal was posted 6 months ago and lists the piece I commissioned being 90% completed.

That was the last thing I've heard about that commission.
Its been 6 months since and I've seen nothing.

About once a month, I have sent a simple message through the FA note system asking kindly for an update. According to the Outbox they are read, but he has not given me a reply.

I'm understanding if an artist is having difficulty, whatever the reason may be. I'm an artist myself and have taken on commissions before. But absolutely no correspondence for half a year does not sit well with me.

[EDIT] As of today (4/24/2010) Chochi has contacted me with the completed piece. I should however mention that there had been no correspondence up to the point of him sending the final piece (a period of 8 months).

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Feb. 15th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
That's frustrating. Maybe a link to the warning will prompt him to take the notes more seriously and respond?

Do you know if he's taken commissions since, or just the ones he had? Maybe he got in over his head and is afraid of angry commissioners--not a good response at all but might explain the behavior. But if he's taking other commissions, that's a bad sign.
Feb. 15th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
My presumption is just that, he's bit more than he can chew. And as far as I know, he hasn't taken on any new commissions.

But he has since posted a number of his own artwork including a comic he promised to update weekly.
Feb. 15th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
This is completely unrelated, but your character is really cute. Armadillos are great. Best of luck resolving this issue.
Feb. 15th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Lol Thanks for that. :)
Feb. 16th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Chochi always seems kinda nice, but a little scatter brained, just keep trying to get ahold of him!
Feb. 18th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Sometimes artists just have trouble with a particular commission. I've had an artist working on a piece for the better part of two years now, but that's because of a combination art block and she keeps finding things about it she doesn't like, apparently. XD

I know she's actually working on it, as she's shown me some rather nice sketches every so often, but mostly I think RL business is causing her trouble.

Just give him some time, a few notes / emails. Depending on how elaborate your request is, it may take more time than normal.
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