Anyway, 9 months ago, around mid-June, I commissioned a cell shaded waist-up from the artist http://www.furaffinity.net/user/cranked-mutt/ on Furaffinity and lost contact with them after being hospitalized in late July.
I returned early September to find that not only had I not received my art, but that both their main, character, and boyfriend's accounts had been suspended sometime early August, judging from her last activity. Since then all my attempts to make contact through other sites have failed. I've had a LOT happen to me in this time, but I'd still really love a refund, or at least the art that I'm owed. So if there's anyone who can help me get back in touch with Cranked that would be absolutely wonderful and I'd deeply appreciate it.
UPDATE: I sent Sparsile an email explaining the situation. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well. Thank you all so much for your help!
UPDATE #2 It seems I'm not getting anywhere with Cranked-Mutt/Sparsile. The more I ask around on different sites, the more I'm finding that I'm not the first one to have done some amateur detective work on the matter. Despite everything she still claims to not be Cranked.
[Spoiler (click to open)]My first email: http://imgur.com/riXBp7A
Her reply: http://imgur.com/PInTuPY
Me pointing out the obvious and collected evidence: http://imgur.com/qB3f7QA
This was a side note I forgot to mention, but I worded it poorly. I meant to say that I found it peculiar that Cranked had once been an original bidder after her character's design, then the design just happened to come into her ownership by supposed chance: http://imgur.com/5JdO7VX
Her reply: http://imgur.com/EIaXi5J
My response. At this point I was tired and hungry after a long day and pretty annoyed with the situation. I think I might have come off as being pretty snippy, but my friends said they didn't think so and that I was just being blunt and honest. I'll let you guys be the judge of that: http://imgur.com/4olpcQX
Her response and the last of the conversation: http://imgur.com/6UXWo0K
I'm pretty much done with the situation. I just feel like she's dancing around the subject and at this point I don't really have the patience to deal with it.
The money I lost isn't worth the headache, but I do hope the people who take the time to read this will take it as a warning and be careful so they don't have to go through the same kind of trouble. I don't take kindly to being played a fool and the more digging I do, the more people are coming forward and outing her bad behavior.
My experience with the person in question wasn't a good one, but I want to thank everyone here, on DA and FA who've spoken up and helped me. It means a lot to know that there are supportive people in the furry-fandom and the art community as a whole. Gives me faith.