There's a couple things I would like to note here. The first is that, previous to my ultimatum, I have been very patient with the guy. I didn't constantly nag him about progress, I didn't harass him on his FA profile (I posted one comment referencing the image, but it was in jest), and I wasn't even asking that much. In my ultimatum, I didn't even ask to see progress on the picture, I just wanted him to stop avoiding me and actually talk to me about the image. The second thing I'd like to note is that I know for a fact that the guy had plenty of opportunities to make progress on the image. He wasted away his entire break following his exams playing WoW (of which he admitted to), and since the 15th of December, he's taken and completed several badge commissions and streamed himself starting and completing another piece of art on WatchTail.
I would avoid Jirashi unless you like having the artist you're commissioning showing you absolutely no respect and pulling stunts like this. This is no way to treat anyone, let alone a customer.
EDIT: Guys, you misunderstand me. I'm not trying to make a case against Jirashi, I'm trying to warn others against doing business with him. Did he get money from me? No. The agreement was that he would get payment following the approval of the sketch. It may seem silly to you, but the fact of the matter is, he agreed to do something. Conversations over IM constitute as much an obligation as a conversation via email or notes on FA. I just happened to chose IMs as a means of contact because I had known the guy prior to this ordeal and (usually), Instant Messaging is a faster way of getting in contact with someone and having an open discussion. Not only did he continually not deliver, he never bothered to just come out and tell me he wasn't going to do it, he just made me keep on waiting. I don't mind waiting if I'm going to see something out of it, but making me wait around and jump through hoops to try and get in contact with the guy, only for him to just avoid me is a really cruddy way to treat someone you're doing business with. All he had to do was assure me that I'd eventually get my art or tell me he wasn't going to do it, but he couldn't even offer me that much. I don't think saying "Hey, not gonna do it kthxbai" is all that hard.
I very much think this belongs here. While the issue may not be as pressing as some of the other entries, the bottom line is, an artist I tried to do business with mistreated me. I'm not out any money, but I am out over two months of time waiting around for someone who not only backed out of something they agreed to do, but couldn't even offer me the courtesy of telling me he was going to back out, and keeping me waiting longer. I'm not trying to get anything out of the guy, I'm just sharing a very frustrating experience with an artist and trying to warn others away before they receive similar treatment, which is really the whole purpose of putting a "Beware" entry up, is it not? I've seen several entries up here (several ones about paid transactions, mind you) that mention after a while, it's not about the money, it's about the principal of the thing. Well, that pretty much fits how I feel about the whole situation, and why I decided to post it up here. Take from it what you will.
2ND EDIT: Someone requested screencaps of the discussion in question. I replied in a comment, but someone suggest I post them to the entry itself, so here you are:
Unfortunately, some of the discussions (including the initial agreement) were done over steam IM, which doesn't log chats. I know that doesn't do much for my credibility, but here are snipits from the logs I do have:
This is from the 5th of December, which would be five days following the agreement. This is when he informed me that he wouldn't be able to work until after the 15th:
This is from the 20th of December, the only time he ever claimed any progress on a the pre-approval sketch:
This is from the 30th of December, admitting to 0 progress and being absorbed in WoW:
This last one is from the 6th of January, again further admitting to no progress whatsoever:
Following that, he said very little to me and would always either change the subject or flat-out ignore me any time I brought up the picture. After the 14th, he has not said a single thing back to me.
I'm sorry I cut the snipits so short, but Jirashi and I used to be friends, so the conversations tend to veer a little on the personal side. Nothing that couldn't be discussed in polite conversation, I just don't like to post my conversations with my friends to the public.