Edit: Resolved, I've received the art and Rika included another sketch of the scene.
Edit: One of Rika's watchers called me a bitch and a greedy cunt on FA because I didn't inquire about Rika's well-being/personal life when I asked for updates on the status of my commission, so I've decided to throw in the towel in regards to the commission.
I made the mistake of replying to people who made comments about 'impatient jerks' harrassing her for commissions and I guess people didn't appreciate hearing my side of the story
I'll put my PMs in Bold and Riks's in italics
I had initially commissioned her on the end of June 2008 via the Furaffinity PM system, but FA went down within days of sending the PM, so it continued via the FA forums PM system after I located her on the forums
July 14th 2008
Just before Furaffinity went down I sent you a note in regards to a Storm Hawks commission, I was just wondering if you got it? Thanks
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I'll need the description again. X3 If you don't mind. And was it for inked or colored work?
17th July 2008:
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I had to bring two little snakes to their new home and other RL issues getting in the way.
Well, I prefer sketches to inked work if thats at all possible, I like the rawness of sketches. I really like the sketch version of your "Year of the Rat" piece
The characters in question are Repton and Starling, my favourite (tho rare and non-canon) in Storm Hawks.
The details are that they are on a large bed, and it is their first time together, which they both have been wildly anticipating as they are both in lust with each other.
The position they're in is that position where the guy is kneeling and the woman is straddling his waist facing him. I don't want to see penetration (as I feel you don't need to see it for a picture to be erotic)
I have included a link to my photobucket album with references for both characters. I'd like him to be as close to how he looks in the show as possible (because he's gorgeous the way he is) but it doesn't matter if she's more realistic looking.
The bed doesn't have to be very detailed, it just has to give the impression that they're on a bed (with rumpled sheets of course). I'd like him to be kissing her neck
The only other requisite is that they're both enjoying themselves
Thank you for considering this commission
20th July 2008:
Do you accept PayPal?
21st July 2008:
Yep (email not shown here)
How much would the Storm Hawks commission be?
24th July 2008:
Hello, I was wondering if you got the description for the Storm Hawks commission? I seem to be having a bit of trouble with the PM system
How much would I be looking at for an adult commission?
July 25th 2008:
(I've been having a problem with it too. I replied, but guess you never got it.) ^^;;
For a sktech...
It'd be $25 because it's 2 characters and has a bit of background.
and I believe I gave you my paypal, just add %2 to the total to cover paypal fees.
and do you want it mailed to you?
Sorry for the wait and technical problems,
July 26th 2008:
Hi, i have just sent payment for the commission
Yes, I'd like it mailed to me, but I was also wondering is it possible to have a digital copy as well?
Would it be possible for me to put it up on my furaffinity page saying it was a commission by you with a link to your gallery?
Oh, and I've got a little more information that I forgot to include, in the fanfic I'm writing Repton has scars on his
upper back from a time where he got whipped for failing a mission.
Oh, and I like the idea of him kissing her neck.
So, you'd like a 300 dpi scan of it? (if you don't know, it's a high quality printable scan) Yes I can do that. As long as you don't distribute it.
Yes you can put it up on fa with credits to me.
and be a bit more descriptive on the scars; Placement and shape, how many and such.=3
I'm going to warn you now, I'm moving on monday and I have a bit of preperation and stuff, as well as some other commissions I'm working on, so please be patient with me. <3
July 27th 2008:
He's got five raised scars on his upper back which are usually covered by the short leather waistcoat he wears. They are
faint yet still visible, they were caused when one of his boss's torturers used a lash on him. They are diagonal and reach
from almost one side of his back to the other. I'm not the greatest at descriptions i hope this is enough
And yes, I'd like a 300 dpi scan of it, please
And I hear you about moving, I'm going to university in Wales in September and I live in Ireland... and I'm hoping to bring 15 snakes and two geckos with me
I didn't hear anything back from her until I sent this PM on August 2nd 2008
Hi, did you get the message I sent to you about Repton's scars? I'm still having trouble with the PM system
It was over a week until she got back to me:
11th August 2008
Hi, just updating you, I should be getting started on your commission either today or tomorrow. From there I can give you a reasonable finishing time. Yay! =3
12th August 2008
Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing it
16th August 2008
Bah, sorry I got behind. Your commission should be finished sometime tuesday. Keep an eye out for it. Bah...I forgot, did you want it colored?
17th August 2008
It was just a sketch, thanks
Alrighty. I'll have it for you tuesday. Did you want it shipped?
18th August 2008
I accidentally put the reply into the quote section. I've been accidentally doing a lot of things recently, I accidentally booked myself into the wrong hostel in Vancouver last week.
I'd like to have it shipped, but I was wondering if you could wait a while before shipping it? I'm out of Ireland at the moment and if it arrived whilst I'm away I don't want to risk my parents opening it.
19th August 2008
Completely understandable. =3 no problem
At this point the commission process moved onto the Furaffinity PM system
27th August 2008:
Sorry the sketch is taking so long. I've drawn it 3 times and I haven't liked any of them. I haven't forgotten about you, just letting you know. =3
That's OK, I haven't been around much in FA recently anyway, I attended a con in Vancouver and the hotel was charging $11 per day for wired access in the room which I didn't bother to avail of and the con was taking up my time anyway. What little access I did get in the business centre was devoted to clearing my inbox of spam.
Take your time, I'm happy to wait
I regret telling her to take her time, it was not a smart move on my part. More than a month later I decided to send inquire about the status of the commission
11th November 2008
How is the Storm Hawks commission coming along?
10th December 2008
I was just wondering what is the status of the Storm Hawks commission?
On December 12th I'd had enough and posted the following in the Furaffinity forums titled "Artists ignoring PMs" http://forums.furaffinity.net/showthread.php?t=32663
I commissioned a picture from an artist over four months ago.
The last correspondence I had from the artist was over three months ago.
Since then I have had no response to my PMs or my messages on the artists journal.
I paid for the commission upfront.
I just want to know the status of my commission.
The artist is still active on FA as they have time to update their journal and upload pictures.
It is my opinion that if they have time to engage in these activities they have time to reply to my PMs.
If the artist in question reads this post, it is at all possible to read your bloody PMs once in a while?
Note: I will not hesitate to reveal your identity on the forums and mention you on http://community.livejournal.com/artists_beware/ if this issue continues
In less than two hours I had a PM on the forums from her including a link to the commission:
I'm so osrry this took so long. Completely my fault. I've been real picky with it and finally got something I like. If there are any changes needed don't hesitate to tell me. I'll give you the 300dpi scan when you approve the pic.
I was furious when I saw the pic, it looks like it was probably sketched inbetween me posting in the forum and her sending me the PM, it looks sub-par compared to other sketches she's done and the anatomy was atrocious. Starling's rear and thighs were enormous and there was no line on Repton's legs to indicate where the back of his legs were
I don't have the initial pic anymore, I had it saved onto my computer, but I recently lost all the data on my computer and it will cost hundreds of euros to retrieve said data.
Anyway, there's evidence of the initial pic on the completed pic, there's a link to the completed pic below and you can actually see the sketch lines of how Starling's rear and thighs originally looked behind her revised rear and thighs
I got back to her, but, stupidly, I didn't want to make a fuss and didn't voice all my complaints about the image
14th December 2008
Thanks for getting back to me, but the photo isn't showing up on photobucket anymore, it says it violated their terms of service.
I had a quick look at it before I went to bed, it looks quite good, but her thighs seem to be a bit too large, her bottom half is out of proportion with her top half.
On January 10th 2009 I received the completed sketch, I still wasn't happy with it, but decided to leave it at that. University and exam stress got in the way of me replying to her for a few weeks
31st January 2009
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, my time's been taken up with exams and revising for said exams.
The commission is looking good, do you want my shipping info now?
6th February 2009
Yeah, I'll go ahead and get that now. I'll have it mailed off this weekend. =3
I read that PM after returning from a SciFi convention and I caught con-crud so I didn't have the energy or motivation to reply to her PM with my shipping details.
I had personal problems around this time, including dropping out of university due to health problems, so the commission fell to the back of my mind when I fell into depression about failing at university and truth be told all the hassle with this commission made me not care about it anymore.
It wasn't until October 2009 that the commission came into my mind again so I PMed her on the FA forum
29th October 2009
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I've been ill and suffering from personal problems.
My mailing address is
I didn't receive a reply so two weeks later on November 12th 2009 I resent the message
I sent the message again on December 12th 2009, according to her FA forum stats she was logging in to the forums
On January 3rd 2010 I PMed her on FA's own site PM system (and received a reply)
I was wondering if you got my PMs in the forum
No i didn't. I don't usually go into the forums anymore.
Gimme a sec and I'll check it :3
Her forum stats said she'd logged into after she sent me the PM yet she didn't reply to my forum PM stating when she'd have the commission mailed
At the beginning of February she posted a journal (now deleted, I capped it but it was saved to my deceased laptop) that made me see red. She posted that she and her BF only had $400 left and they risked losing their computer and instead of cancelling the upcoming convention she was attending she actually asked for donations from her watchers! This is completely tacky IMO especially when you owe several people commissions (I know of at least three other people who she owes commissions) and when I mentioned it on the DeviantArt forums most artist thought it was tacking and unprofessional
A day or two later she posted that they'd received enough to keep their computer (she had said that the computer would cost them $200), I decided to send her a note on FA's system about the commission and her lack of response to my forum PM
6th February 2010
According to your stats in the forums you logged in that day, but I didn't hear anything back from you about the commission.
What is the status of the commission?
I'll be mailing you the pic soon. As of right now, i don't have the money to be mailing anyting that can't fit in an envalope. (I usually mail my art in bubble mailers or mailers with cardboard to protect the piece. Just give me a few days so we can pay our electricity and internet bill.
This annoyed me, as I felt she could have used to some of the money she'd received in donations to mail the item. Anyway, a few days turned into several weeks and in the meantime she attended a convention (Furry Fiesta) which would hardly be cheap (I know I attend several cons every year) so if she can afford that how come she can't afford to mail art?
On Ustream I spoke to a professional artist who's quite well known on Deviant Art and he said the paying for internet excuse was weak, I'd already paid for the art to be mailed when I paid for the commission and it was unprofessional to be taking money for art that you didn't deliver. I decided to send another PM to her
1st March 2010
I'm just wondering what the status of the commission is, thanks
I have yet to receive a reply, according to FA she hasn't read the PM yet, but she's on FA since I sent the PM as she's uploaded art.
Speaking to the other artist on Ustream has made me come to the realisation that it's time to throw the towel in in regards to this commission.
I've just checked FA again and she still hasn't read the PM.
TR;DL - Rika/Rika-wulf charges upfront for commissions, doesn't deliver and ignores PMs unless you threaten her with this comm