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The following was mostly written by Jaitsu on behalf of both of us. I'll put my own blurb at the bottom:

"WHO: Vani/Vanimute/VanillaKitsune

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/vani

WHAT: Was supposed to be a traditional art commission, in the style of http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4014996/ , for $65, split between myself ( Jaitsu / http://www.furaffinity.net/user/jaitsu ) and Neopagan ( http://www.furaffinity.net/user/neopagan ).

WHEN: The commission was agreed upon and paid for at Anthrocon 2010 (so, mid-late June, 24th/25th?) July 27th she started posting journals going on about her life situations delaying commissions ( http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1586921/ ). Since she seemed aware that she had commissions waiting, including ours, we waited to prod her with emails. When she finally replied, she said she'd have the commission done by JUNE, or give us a refund. We agreed. It's now long, long past June, and we've received neither, and she's no longer reading notes or responding to emails. (Her twitter's still pretty active, though, so you can't say she doesn't have internet access)

PROOF: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18095502/paganvaniemails.png

EXPLAIN: See "when" for most explanation. We paid for the commission at AC '10, then gave her plenty of time to work on it... then she started putting up dramajournals, so we felt sorry for her and waited a while longer. She kept putting up journals pointing out that she was aware that there were commissions waiting, including specifically mentioning ours, so we continued to wait, until finally, we got impatient. Neo noted and emailed her again, and FINALLY got a response, offering to do our commission (now upgraded to digital) by June, or give us a refund. As of October 4th, we've received neither, and the last several notes we've sent her haven't even been read."

Now, this has been sitting in my email ready to post here since mid October, but I've been hesitant to do so, maybe even a little guilty. I know what it's like to have real life throw bricks at you and the tons of other artists I commission know that I try to work with them and give them a lot of leeway(and tip frequently!) But, enough is enough. I've commissioned and had a full fursuit complete in a lot less time. After emailing her failed (which is apparently the BEST way to get in contact with her), I left her a note on FA which by it's bright yellow color has not been read since mid October, and it is now December. Due to the extensive list of people and any lack of reasonable progress on ANY of them, I'm sure there are many more people who are a little tired of waiting over a year for a simple piece of artwork that they paid good money for( http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18011580/don%27t%20take%20out%20of%20here/todolist.png ), I'm just the first to post about it here. A year and a half and nothing at all, infact, lost contact yet still twittering away? She doesn't seem like the dickish sort, but irresponsible is irresponsible.

For those of you who would think me foolish for getting a commish from someone with that long a lineup, I actually didn't know the artist well and the first exposure to them was the dealer's den at AC 2010. It was only after I got home did I see the huge to-do list. What's worse, is that she started offering commissions for more money in between this and had friends pay her way to AC 2011 apparently.. :|

I don't know if/when she is going to resurface. But if she does I want people to know her work ethic beforehand so they don't get into the same situation.
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Dec. 10th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Vani owes me a commission too, but mine has been on her dA's "to-do list" since October 2006. No, I am not even kidding. It's been over 5 years since I commissioned her. I think that 5 years is more than enough time to finish a commission, regardless of how many personal problems you have.

She is just plain irresponsible. I follow her on Tumblr, and it's not as if she is art blocked or something, because I've see her post a lot of fanart of her current anime obsessions and whatnot. And it's not as if she doesn't have time either, because apparently, she has enough time to watch Tiger & Bunny nonstop.

After she posted a journal on her dA asking her commissioners to tell her if they still wanted their commission or would rather like a refund, I noted her asking her for the refund. She told me she would repay me the following month because she was waiting for a paycheck or something... I told her it was alright, since I've had problems with paychecks too. And you know what? Its been over a year since she noted me telling me that.

The worst part is that she doesn't has economic problems, cause I once read on one of her journals over dA that she had bought both versions of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver CAUSE SHE HAD WANTED THEM BOTH. Oh yes, I bet she is till waiting for that paycheck, the poor girl. /sarcasm
Dec. 10th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to say that I've noted her several times regarding my overdue commission. And each time she replied saying my commission was next on her to-do list... yet, no progress, at all.

Sorry for my English.
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
2006! Geez!!
Dec. 12th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Good god. Five years?!

Definitely a well-deserved beware. Thank you for this.


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