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Vani/Vanimute/Vanilla Kitsune

WHO: Vani/Vanimute/Vanilla Kitsune

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

WHAT: Two icon commissions, cost $24 (The total was actually $25.03 because she requested that I cover the paypal fees. I sent $26 just so the number would be even. I am aware that you're not supposed to pay extra to cover the fees but at the time I didn't know this.)

WHEN: Payment sent March 21, 2010 Proof of payment.

PROOF: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1284224/ Journal where commissions were offered. (March 21, 2010)

EXPLAIN: I commissioned Vani for two icons in March 2010. In the journal she does state that she wouldn't be getting to these specific commissions until May. So I did not expect to see anything until the summer/fall of that year. There was really no concise list of her current commission queue, but in the journal where she offered these commissions she made it seem like she didn't have that many to do. Around December 2010 she posted her commission queue: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1953643
I kicked myself when I saw how massive her queue was, had I known she owed that many commissions I wouldn’t have commissioned her in the first place.

A year goes by and I figure it's time to contact her and inquire about the status of my commission. I tried to contact her through FA on June 28, 2011. The note was never read. So on September 19 I sent her an email, I never received a reply. (I can provide screens of the email and the note but I wasn't sure if that was necessary.)

Her tumblr is active and she has a new DA page with new art posted:
http://maplemutesandtea.tumblr.com/ (not as active)

I don't really know how much of it is commission work and how much is personal work. I didn't start to worry until I saw a question that she answered on her tumblr about why she left DA and FA.

On September 23 I sent her a note through her maplemutesandtea tumblr and I did receive a reply.
I responded back telling her I'd be happy to wait for the art as long as communication between us was good. Needless to say, I did not get a response to my second note. (I would provide proof of that but tumblr doesn't keep a record of sent 'asks'.)

February, 29 I decided to try to contact her again through tumblr. I forgot to take a screen of it before I sent it off. But I had asked her how things were going and if she needed refs. I figured after almost 2 years she probably didn't have my character refs anymore. She has not responded to that note.

On March 11 she posted to her tumblr offering more commissions.

I’m a little disappointed. She has a queue of 50+ commissions that she hasn’t made good on, yet she’s taking on more work. I'm glad to see that she won't accept payment until the commission is finished but... What about the rest of us?

Vani is a talented artist and I really hate to see her dig herself into such a deep hole. I didn't want to make an A_B entry about anyone, let alone Vani. She took on more work than she could handle and I know she's very stressed about it. But I wish she would communicate with me. I am patient and I am willing to wait quite a while as long as the artist stays in touch.

I sincerely hope this can be marked as resolved someday.
Artist's beware has moved!
Do NOT repost your old bewares. They are being archived.


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Mar. 13th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Just curious -- how long have you been at the top of the list? Has there been any sign of movement on that long queue?

Not that that changes a thing. That is too long, too many, and communication is poor. The "secretly" taking on new commissions via her tumblr is just the icing on the cake.

Keeping her queue on the down-low until after new customers have paid is also quite shady. I'm sorry this happened to you. Her prices are low to moderate but even so, with that many people waiting, I don't see how she could possibly dig herself out of this hole by refunding unless she receives some kind of financial windfall. :/
Mar. 13th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I think it's been a year, which I believe is the amount of time she's been absent from FA. I haven't noticed any changes to the queue, but with a queue that long it's hard to tell.

I don't think it's in any particular order either, I know there are people listed who've been waiting much longer than I.
Mar. 13th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. She just didn't do that. I am so angry right now! Why would she offer even more commissions?! She already has an immense backlog!

I've been waiting for my commission since OCTOBER 2006. Yes, that's right. It has been about 5 and a half years already. And I've yet to see progress from Vani. I've tried reasoning with her and stuff, but she won't reply to my notes either. :/

She must be one of the most irresponsible artists I've ever had the (dis)pleasure to work with. So yeah... I'm not surprised about this, at all.
Mar. 13th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Have you posted a beware yet? I think it might do some good if everyone on that backlog list could post her here; at least then there's a good chance that it will choke off her business and she won't be able to make anyone else wait.

To both you and the OP, I am sorry you have had to wait so long for nothing ): That is really unfair.
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Mar. 13th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
This certainly isn't the first time she's been posted, and I can guarantee you it's not the last. Her list is absolutely so long, that I can't see her finishing it in the future. Hiding away from it makes the situation worse, and her attitude about her customers being "hungry sharks" is...well it's really loathsome. I assume she'll hide away from tumblr now that it's been noticed she's taking work there.

I hope more people speak up and report her, and I hope people in the future think twice about throwing cash at her. I decided some years ago to avoid commissioning her due to her lack work ethic. Good art or not, that doesn't give her a free ride to take peoples money and run. It's going to follow her wherever she goes.

Every time I see her posted, I just grit my teeth. I really, really hope she does your art but I have to say, I'm skeptical.
Mar. 14th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I really think the situation would be a little better if she would just talk to her customers. I'm sure that there are a few that are irritated with her. But I know I would be happy just to have some idea of what is going on, and I most certainly would not be shark-like. :/

Mar. 13th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I wish she'd realize that people would be a lot less upset with her if she would just come back, do the art, refund what she can, and just offer some kind of apology/explanation.

Ignoring everyone and sweeping it all under the rug will only make things a whole lot worse.
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's a reason the customers are 'like angry, hungry sharks'
Mar. 13th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm still waiting on a piece from her from 2 years ago as well.

I sent her a note on tumblr giving her nice advice on how to carefully work through her backlog but she never acknowledged it either.
Mar. 13th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I really hope she realizes that her awful work ethic might make it difficult for her to get a job in the future if her employers find out, which they will :/
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Mar. 15th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Unless she's trying to raise the money for refunds because she's spent what people had paid her already, which is just.. yeah, that doesn't work.
Mar. 13th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Try contacting her on Twitter.
If you hound her enough there, maybe you could reach a quicker solution?
I had to do that to just get 'contest' prizes off of her.
It took two months, but I got what I was owed :l
Mar. 14th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
I was thinking I might message her new DA account since I'm having no luck with tumblr. I might try twitter now as well. Thanks :3
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Mar. 13th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. Love her art, but I will never commission her. Thanks for posting this warning, I hope you and the others get their art or refunds. :(
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)

Yeeeah. This is only "cute" if the past doesn't involve you effectively stealing hundreds and hundreds of dollars from a bunch of people.
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
"The code to me flat out ignoring you"? Wowzers, that's not very encouraging.
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
ugh this kind of thing always makes me sad, especially when I know quite a few artists [including myself] who make sure to get commissions out to people quickly.

And seeing the comment for five years?! @_@ Ye gods.

She has cute art, but it's not really worth the hassle to commission her. Beware well warranted.
Mar. 13th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. She owes me a badge and a full commission. I haven't heard a thing. :\
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Why has she not been reported to the DA admins as a scammer yet?
Seriously, I want to know. She has hundreds of dollars in outstanding commissions she will NEVER complete, continues to take work, and makes a new account in what seems to be an attempt to hide from old customers.

She's been at this for years, but people just keep giving her more and more leeway. Girl needs to get herself a job and just work on paying people back. Cripes.
Mar. 14th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Sadly, Da wouldn't do anything about it.
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Mar. 14th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)

What a real shame, her art is very pretty. D:

I'm really sorry you've had to go through all of this, but thanks for the beware. Totally valid.
Mar. 14th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Wow, very pretty art but that ethic is awful!
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Mar. 14th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
That is why I was a bit reluctant to post her here, I thought if I did she'd just keep running away rather than face this. That might be the mindset of other people she owes as well. Not sure.

I will try to remain persistent, but as you said she may show preference to the people she knows. Since she doesn't know me from Adam I may not have any luck but it's worth a shot.
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