About... Oh, over a year now? Spring of my freshman year, I commissioned Genetic-Enigma to make a couples' badge thing for me and my boy. It was in a style he offered but had no examples for, so I was willing to be a guinea pig for it. I'm now going into my junior year and all I've seen of it are the inks.
I don't plan on asking for a refund for it or anything like that, but I want to warn anyone who is considering commissioning him that:
1) He WILL take forever to do it.
2) He will also continue to take commissions even if yours hasn't been finished. (This bothered me the most because I was seeing other full-color commissions that were taken after mine being completed before I had seen any progress on mine. Perhaps not strangely, they were mostly porn. -.- )
3) He, for whatever reason, doesn't like to show progress shots. Something about it slowing him down...
4) He is also not very on-top-of things as far as deadlines go. Last I heard from him, the badges were due to be sent out in June and I haven't heard if they've been sent and I haven't seen them yet.
So, to clarify I AM NOT SEEKING A REFUND OR ANYTHING, I JUST WANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW THIS ARTIST OPERATES. COMMISSION HIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Edited for screencaps, etc:
A couple screenshots of the original back-and-forth with getting the commission settled. The date is January 25th, 2009
First journal where I'm listed on the commission list (unfortunately, FA doesn't like to keep dates on them longer than a few months, so all it says is "1 year"): http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/591798/
Emergency commission's journal, also dated a year ago: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/677235/
A note on commissions: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/717868/
The above journal is why I haven't hassled him at all. I'm not the kind of person who's really up front about pushing and prodding people in the first place (writing this right now is making me extremely nervous), so I sort of thought "as long as I comment on the update journals when they show up, it'll be fine."
The next journal in the list said that the $10 commissions are closed, but he's still taking them on another list. (I'll post that one if requested, I'm working backwards from the viewable journals list on FA.)
Another note to people waiting: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/899276/
And then there are two journals titled Up-Datey and Up-Dateyx2 where I've checked up on my status and then been on my way. Beyond here, the journals are dated by months until most recently.
A couple journals dated at 9 months, 8 months, 6 months, and 3 months just sort of updating on life and commission statuses: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1017235/
And then the three most recent. The first is one opening up for commissions in June, and the second and third are another update on statuses, especially seeing things mailed out.
The only image I've seen of the progress was 9 months ago according to the image file. I have no reason to assume it hasn't been accomplished as promised, I just haven't seen any progress shots on it. I trust the artist, but it's tough on the internet to be sure, ya know?
I hold no ill-will towards this artist, but I've since been told that I should no longer seek to commission him. Which I suppose is fine... Honestly, I WOULD consider commissioning him again because I really do like his work.
Edit edit: I see the moderators already noted this as a resolved "issue." Thanks, guys!