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Well, it seems Mroczniak is actually trying to keep her word. While I have yet to recieve the physical drawing, she posted the finished piece on deviantart ( http://mroczniak.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3arhfo ). So, keep your fingers crossed!


*NEW EDIT*

I just got the latest journal entry from this artist:

"I apologize all the commissioners who I hurted.
I'm very sorry for stole your money and didn't sending the originals to you.

I'll reapir it all.

...And tell you the truth. Year ago, when I wrote I need help, it was true. My money was stolen, also had hard time in home and I wanted to life by myself. Things had changed and I stayed. Later my computer "died" and I lost my notes.
I hadn't been sending arts to their commissioners because of fuckin problems...money meant for sending I was spending for cigarettes, drugs sometimes...
I was always scared to tell the truth.
Yes, I could have stopped it all eariel but I was ignoring you all telling myself I don't want more problems. It was stupid.
But when I realized how I hurted you...

Sometimes I don't understand myself. I don't want to be a thief anymore.

Life kills.

I'm sorry for being a bith.

PS. I hope you understand my poor english."

So...she used our money, hoping we'd all just give up and go away. Is that the gist? Well, anyhoo, here's hoping she keeps her word and rights her wrongs! We'll see!


*EDIT*

As advised, I contacted the credit card company I used to pay for my commision, and explained what happened. They reimbursed me the next day (prolly b/c it was such a small amount), which is nice. I still have had no contact with the artist, though I know she's active on the site - she just posted a new commision journal 8 hours prior to this posting!

47 weeks ago (accoring to the timestamp on my deviantart note), I sent $8 in payment via PayPal to this artist for "a headshot, A4 size, colored, without background for $5 (plus S+H, and a $1 paypal exchange rate fee). I have never, never, NEVER seen anything in return, and the last time I heard from her was 11 weeks later when I sent her a note:
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"Yeah, I'm alive. I have had some problems and no internet in last days...
For now I have a sketch of your commission and I'll finish it asap.
I'm really, really, sorry for not replying."

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superpower-pnut said the following:

Please don't take this the wrong way, but it's been almost 11 weeks and I haven't heard from you about my commision. Are you okay?"
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I'm not the only one - just look at her comment page - but I hope to stop a few from going down the same road. I alerted da, but they said their hands were tied. I have contacted PayPal as well. I only wish I'd done it sooner. Since I had never made a commision before, I seemed to have over-estimated the time alloted. In the future, I will have to be more cognizant in pinning down an exact time frame.

Longer story short: STAY AWAY FROM THIS ARTIST! DO NOT COMMISSION HER!!

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stormslegacy
Dec. 17th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Did you pay with a credit card through paypal? If so you can do a recharge, it will almost always automatically go through. The deadline is generally 6 months to a year depending on your card.

Have you gotten in contact with her since? I would remind her again and post a link to the entry here with an explanation that you can edit it (remember, no deleting posts) with a note at the top to reflect that the commission got done. That gets a lot of bad eggs to complete the deal.
lady_tanya
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
I have had no contact with her, at least not from *her* end. Unfortunately, at this time PayPal has said I am beyond the timeframe - with luck, enough of the others she's jilted will convince them to take a second look.
stormslegacy
Dec. 18th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
No, that's not what I meant, when you paid through paypal, did you use funds on there or did you use a linked card? If you used a card, you can skip paypal's whole process, the credit card will do it for you for a much longer period of time than paypal.
mentaljunkyard
Dec. 17th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Well, try to look at it from the bright side. At least it was only $8, even if it sucks that you'll never see a lick of the promised art.
At least now you know about her unreliability.
lady_tanya
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
I thank my stars for that every day!
spiffystuff
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
FWIW, folks aren't supposed to charge for paypal fees - it's against paypal's TOS. If you see someone asking you to do that that's one red flag that they're not very professional.
ichigoneko33
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'd disagree. I used to ask people to pay paypal fees, simply because I thought it was actually normal, since I saw so many people doing it, I was new enough to commissions and didn't know that much about paypal. Once I read on here how bad it is, I stopped right away and make sure people don't send things as gifts.

So, sometimes it's more they just don't know any better and it's worth letting them know, more helpful even to link to a journal or info about it. If they refuse still, then you can say they're unprofessional.
spiffystuff
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm quite aware people do it innocently - however, ignorance and / or still learning the ropes are not what I'd call "professional" either. Everyone's gotta learn somehow, but I'd trust a well established artist who's got ther schtick down a lot more. ... Not saying not to hire noobs, I'd just be more careful and insist the work be done within the paypal dispute window.
ichigoneko33
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Ya, that's true. A lot of things written here seem to be because the artist was inexperienced. That, or the commissioner doesn't have the right views on how artists work.

I guess I always get a little defensive about such things though since I'm young as well but I do fine, sorry^^; Admittedly, I had some bad times when I first started out though.
lady_tanya
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Well, what she said was that the exchange rate (she's in Poland) ate up too much of the monies sent. But thank you for that invaluable tip!
ariakitty
Dec. 17th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Have you sent her another note since the last one? That's what I would do...You said you last heard from her 11 weeks after you commissioned her 47 weeks ago? So it's been almost 9 months since you last heard from her? I'm curious if you tried to contact her again within that amount of time.

I don't know her personally but I have been watching her for a long time and a LOT of her uploads are commissions. It's highly possible she has a really huge backlog because she's charging so little for commissions. I mean an A4 sized drawing, done in colored pencils by a good artist for $25? That's an absolute steal! I think there is more to this than "Oh she's a fraud."

Of course that doesn't excuse her behavior. If she can't keep up with her queue then she needs to contact her clients and let them know what's going on, or she needs to raise her prices.
lady_tanya
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Time and time and time again. Comments, notes, and emails, all with no reply. If it was a matter of time, I'd have happily sat here and waited if only she'd note anout it from time to time! Just things like 'hey, your #47 in line...hey, your #10 in line....hey, it shipped yesterday...'
ninykinin
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I would like to see some screen shots.
ariakitty
Dec. 20th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
I would like to see some screen shots as well. I got curious and I looked at her page and in her journals I did find comments from disgruntled clients.

http://mroczniak.deviantart.com/journal/33944536/
In this post you left a total of 3 comments that said nothing more than "Where is my commission?" I'm not sure if the spam was on accident or if it was intentional...

http://mroczniak.deviantart.com/journal/36654035/
Then you left one here. I'm going to assume that you and the other people who left those comments did not get any sort of a response from her.

I realize she is being unprofessional by not delivering the commission and ignoring you, but I think calling her a fraud and telling people not to fave her work is taking it a bit far. :/

lady_tanya
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
screenshots
I don't know how to post screenshots here. What do you want screenshots of? The letters?

I don't recall tellin ppl not to fave her work...if I did, I suppose I shouldn't have. But she is acting in what I consider a fraudulent manner, and thus stand by my label till further notice.
felonykat
Dec. 22nd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
^_^;
In this journal http://mroczniak.deviantart.com/journal/36654035/ you said the following:

"*superpower-pnut 4 days ago
S/he's a cheat and a fraud. Do not get suckered into her schemes, do not fave her work, raise your voice to Paypal, da, and anyone else who'll listen till we get 'her' shut down for good
"

^_^;

Posting screenshots is pretty easy. Many ways of doing it but he's how I do it.

Open up your art program of choice.
Go to the site and what it is you wish to make a screen grab of.
Click the "print screen" button. Do it twice to make sure it takes.
Make a new file in your art program and go to "paste".
Crop or do whatever depending on how big you want the screengrab.
Save the file in a .jpg or .gif format.
If you have a photobucket account or something similar where you can easily upload and share images, put it there.
Copy the link it gives and then paste it in your entry and voila. Screengrab goodness. ^_^
lady_tanya
Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: ^_^;
Ok, you caught me. I said it (though I honestly don't recall typing it!). She's just made me so MAD!

I'm not really fond of photobucket-seems dicey. Ppl like my sis just randomly ganking other ppls work to use as icons....but, anyhoo, I'll see what I can do
felonykat
Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: ^_^;
Not getting what you paid for would make anyone mad. That's reasonable. However it's best to not come off looking worse than the person in the wrong. ^_^

Ah you don't have to put any art up in there. It can just serve as a place for screengrabs or random shiz. Also you can set your album to private so if you decide to use it as a means of sharing art, you can keep the public masses away.
lady_tanya
Dec. 23rd, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: ^_^;
Yes, you're right on both counts. On a more positive note, I contacted the card company I used with Paypal, and they've credited me my $8. So, awesome!
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