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Beware: Jessica Elwood - EDIT: RESOLVED

EDIT #2 all 3 compensation images have been completed! I've been very satisfied with her response :) This is most definitely resolved.

She has been an extremely pleasant person to speak to via notes (when she bothers to reply) but that does not make up for it.

January 19th, 2009. I send her a note on DA asking if their had been any progress with my commission. She claims to be without a scanner, but say she'll scan my sketches next week.
I wait until January 28th to ask her for my sketches after hearing nothing. She apparently emailed them to me but I never got them.

At this point, there is a little drama involving me venting annoyance about this situation to a friend, and that friend telling a third person who had recently commissioned Jessica, about it. This third person then shows the log of me venting- to Jessica.
Jessica contacts my friend wanting her DA page and mine, threatening to set her fans on us basically because she thinks we were
accusing her of scamming.
I contact Jessica myself on DA to straighten out the situation. Hilariously, the troublemaking third person recieved their art soon after while I am still waiting. By Feb 8th 2009, I've got my sketches from her and I approve them. Assuming she'd work on my commission soon,  I leave her to it and we don't have contact for a few months.

September 2009. It's coming up to my birthday and I remember about the commissions so I enquire. The note goes unanswered for a month so in October I politely request a refund. Jessica replies that she does not have the money to refund me and offers to do the art in 2 weeks instead. I respond that I feel I've waited long enough and reiterate my desire for a refund. She promises to pay me back asap.

January 2010 rolls around and I figure that my refund's never going to come so I contact Jessica about resuming the commission.
She agrees, and basically promises to have it done within the month.

Around this time, she has started posting racy pictures of herself on DA, followed by a poll of which body part of hers the watchers  would like to see, and in a moment of mild pique I reply to it with "I'd rather see you do your commissions instead." Unprofessional of me I know but still, I was frustrated. Jessica hides the comment and notes me, promising to have it done soon.

I respond by asking for some work-in-progress shots, which she promises to send 'tomorrow' (at this point the date is Feb 21st).

I wait until March 8th and note her again, asking for the promised update. My note gets read and ignored, while she submits a journal about her contest and some other art.

March 11th, I send her another note expressing my dissatisfaction with the entire situation. She responds with more apologies and promises to get it done 'this month' yet again.

It's ridiculous. I have been waiting a year and a half now!

Another friend of mine also commissioned her at the same time that I did, but I won't mention his name.
He has decided to let the situation go it seems so I'm wondering if there are others people out there too experiencing this trouble with her.

EDIT: After notifying Jessica about this post, we have discussed it. She has sent me a refund and promised 3 images as compensation. I'll keep you guys notified on if this compensation ever materializes.

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Mar. 16th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
I approved your post, however, it looks like it was cut off, so I ask you edit in the rest, and it would probably be a good idea to edit in screenshots with proof of the notes and the like under an LJ-Cut.
Mar. 16th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'll take screens and edit it in a sec.
Mar. 16th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Once she's telling you the same thing for the fifth time with no results, yeah. You're way past due to post this. It's a shame you have no recourse at this point.

I've had this happen, but at least I got sketches out of the guy who dragged things on for years so I didn't feel it was a total loss.

Sometimes I wish we had a way to mark artists for failed transactions.

Mar. 16th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm still hoping I can get my art from her. This is a last resort really and after hearing today about yet another person going through this same thing I really cant keep quiet any longer.
Mar. 16th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Considering Elwood does constant content for a paysite these days, I'm sure she/he/it could get you your commission rather quick, despite how elusive they've seemed to have been. Years ago before I had a falling out with them (For reasons I won't explain, it's too drama lulzy) she/he promised an art trade, and never made good on it. I finished my half and then some, only to get nothing in return but a lot of sweet talking and coercing to try and ask me for more free art.

Keep hammering them with notes, mention you've put them on here. I believe there are plenty of other unsatisfied customers since he/she disappeared out of the publics eye.
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
I warned her that I was considering making this public and now that I have, I'll be showing it to her. Sorry to hear that you got screwed over in an art trade.
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Mar. 16th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Ouch. Thanks for the warning.

I was considering buying a commission from her, but this definately made me change my mind. :/
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Indeed. It's a shame because her style is so nice. My situation isn't the only example of how unreliable she is either so.. yeah.
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Mar. 16th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Not that any of those images were really "her". *lol* Elwood has a habit of finding similar themed nude shots of ladies online and using them as "webcam photos" for people and then sending them out all too often. This resulted in a few people realizing that none of the pictures were ever the same girl (Save for a few, which were from a set of images.)
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Mar. 16th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Why do people think that they can just run off with this stuff? And essentially she made that original drama true. She *was* scamming you. Oh self-fulfilling prophecies.

*please excuse any mispellings. I have a rowdy child in my lap*
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
And people often wondered WHY I never had anything nice to say to her. I remember getting flamed to all hell for just critiquing her. She's a manipulative bitch and people never really found out until it was too late. Thank you for the post and I'm sorry this happened to you.
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
You don't have to like her, but please try to refrain from name calling in such a manner.
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Mar. 16th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
That's horrible. She needs to stop asking her hordes of fans about herself and work on her commisions. She took money for them, and obviously used it, but thinks it's okay to just go "later this month! PWOMIS!!"

Mar. 16th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for this, I have a friend who wanted to get a commission--they won't be now, lol.
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Mar. 16th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Funnily enough I am in the fur community and never heard of her before. :D Went to her page and I see why though. I go out of my way to avoid people who do nothing but boob-a-licious pinups, they're not my thing.
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Holeeee cow... that's a lot of excuses being made. o__o sheesh.
Mar. 16th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
if you do get your image I would still be seeking a refund as for the time and "promises" that she made
Mar. 16th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Strike another artist I'll never bother getting commissions from. :/
Mar. 16th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
She's been slow lately for 2 years solid? :/
Mar. 16th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
What was the commission for?

I had a look at her gallery, since I was apparently the only person who didn't know her, and if you commissioned a pin-up then I'm not sure what the hold-up is as that seems to be the only thing she ever draws.
I can only imagine you commissioned her for something that isn't female with an oversized chest that's not lying around coquettishly?
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Mar. 16th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
I asked her for a refund last year and waited 3 months for it without success. As of making this post and informing her about it she's refunded me now though.
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