Dzi (dizdzi) wrote in artists_beware,

Need some opinions

So...I need opinions. Unfortunately, these are not with people I have dealt with personally. A friend of mine is...well, honestly, very meek and is having some trouble standing up for himself. He has commissioned two artists for fursuits, and has gotten beyond ripped off on both of them. He doesn't want to say anything more, due to being worried about retaliation. However, I continue to see other people getting ripped off by these artists, whom have very little posted up about them. A lot of their commissioners are very unhappy with their work, but not posting up public reviews due to "just not wanting to deal with the mess" or other various excuses among those lines.

PERSON #1: My friend got his first suit from this gal. Pretty much a good hand full of problems.
Problem 1: Misses the deadline by 4 months
Problem 2: absolutely no updates or pictures

Problem 3: She loses the measurements at least 6 different times.
Problem 4: When asked for updates, responses usually included things such as: "Oh, I need to still buy materials!" and such. Even after the original deadline, she still did not order materials apparently. She made it a habit to open more commissions in order to pay for materials. I have no idea where the deposits of the previous commissions went.
Problem 5: Rushes the suit last minute and finishes it in a week. But only a tail, head, paws, sleeves, and feet.

Problem 6: Parts arrive, in ungodly terrible condition. Feet are barely glued together on .5" thin foam. No real shape to them at all, it's just basically fur. Tail is wonky and obviously rushed, the strap is just glued on instead of sewn in. The hands barely fit and had to be modded to work, some fingers were too big while others were too small and just wonky overall. The sleeves were the only things that came out decent. The head looks adorable from...far away. Up close, you can see that the eyes are barely glued into place, on the fur (seriously, it's held there by strands of fur. The eyes aren't even touching foam.) and it is very obviously rushed. A couple places the foam is showing, and there were some clumps of glue that had to carefully be removed (that were just sitting right on top luckily) the teeth were hot glue cut into teeth-ish shape and painted
Problem 7: I have no idea what on earth happened to make him agree on a downgrade, because I kept telling him that he needs to ask for some sort of refund and he never got one. He didn't get a full suit, he only got leggings. About 4 or 5 months after getting the rest of the suit. Plus, they didn't even fit. One leg was MUCH bigger than the other (in foam shape and..just everything) and it was impossible for him to pull them past his knees. So, they were unusable. The artist blames him for rushing her.

Person #2: It actually sounds like there are some negative reviews coming up on this artist, but simply for lack of completing her work. At all. Ever.
Problem 1: He commissions a full fursuit roughly around october. She says it will be done in about two months.
Problem 2: He asks for updates or asks when it will be sent out to him. She keeps dodging the questions, or answering with very vague answers. "December-ish" or "around January." Every time he asked (he waited at least 2 - 4 weeks before bugging her) she'd basically say "roughly 3 to 5 months from now."
Problem 3: She continues to take on more commissions, none are getting done.
Problem 4: She apparently gets sick for a while. Then moves. Lots of delays and lack of responses, often for at least a week at a time.
Problem 5: As far as I know, there's another A_B post about her. She apparently started offering refunds. I need to check again, but last I heard he did indeed ask for a refund.

So, I don't want to sound like I'm being a jerk about these. It's more of a matter of I keep seeing people getting mixed up with these particular artists, and having the exact same problems. Personally, as a commissioner, it helps me a TON if I am currently having problems with an artist if I can see that the artist has a history of this. It allows me to figure out what my next move is, instead of letting the artist walk all over me. Having negative reviews will, hopefully, also encourage the artists to improve and change their business tactics around for the better

So, opinions? Would I be in the right (or have any right at all) to use the pictures I have of my friend's suit to post up a review about it?

Tags: advice for commissioners, fursuit

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