It's a sad fact that when you commission an artist that there's always the chance that they drop off the face of the earth, or they get tied up with other projects, real life, what have you. That's the risk you take, especially when commissioning online.
The way I usually treat the process is simple. If you tell me what's going on, I will happily wait. Especially if I have paid in advance. I would rather work with the artist than be hard nosed and demanding that they do it right now. The reasons are also simple. I wouldn't like it if someone was doing the equivalent of hovering over my shoulder and demanding that I drop everything to focus on just that.
That said, there are times when it becomes a significant issue. IE, if they don't respond to me when I make an inquiry as to the status, or tell me what's going on without prompting, or there's nothing on their journals stating that they're having issues, especially after a significantly long time has passed since the commission was initialized, then it's a problem. So you're left having to 'call them out' publicly to try to get some kind of response. Or at least get some kind of update. That's sort of what this entry is about, and I'm going to go from the ones I'm curious or concerned about, to the ones who have apparently actively avoided. It also places a list of currently commissions that I'm waiting on front-and-center. And it helps me to make sure I don't forget that I have them lined up in the first place (that has happened). Concerned
- Commissioned them for three characters, of which one was completed, but the other two were not, for $30. They haven't been on dART in 109 weeks though, and they haven't posted anything since...2014 it looks like. Again, hope all is well with them.
- Commissioned them for a single character in Oct 2015, and I've seen a general sketch of the image, but they haven't posted anything in quite some time. They show as having visted dART, but have not responded to notes, and the last communication I had was that they had a lot of personal issues going on, so I hope things are ok with them. I sent a note this time last year. Now I'm not out anything at this point, I'm just concerned. Calling out:
Nobody to call out, any previous instances have been resolved.Probably never going to get either the work, or the money back:
- Paid $25 for his Five Dollar Figure back in 2009. Unfortunately, he fell off the face of the earth for awhile, had a lot of personal problems, and I believe he does some art here and there, but I'm probably not going to see the five drawings I had paid for. Sure, it's only $25, but it's the principle. It was paid for in good faith, it's not too much to ask for that investment to pay off.
- Pending on at least two 4RENT images that were not done in the initial wave, which was back around...2010? Earlier? I honestly can't remember now. I understand that he's got a lot of projects going on right now, and he offered to have it paid back a couple of years back or to have those of us remaining to stay on a list and he would get to us. I opted for the list, figuring that it wouldn't be that long of a wait cause who wants that hanging over them? Well...here we are. Sad to say, I doubt I will be getting them at this point. Maybe it's not worth the time for'em at this point, or beneath notice, I dunno. But it is disappointing, to say the least. Loyalty and patience should be respected and have a good outcome. In my opinion.Still waiting, but have been updated by them:
- Lined up around April of last year, first a single image of a character ($40), and then a second image of 8 characters ($80). I've been updated on that though, and they do have a pretty long list. So I'm not terribly concerned, and looking forward to the end result.
- Commissioned a black&white inked lineart image a few years back through their website ($80 I believe). Been informed that it has not been forgotten and will be done, so I have been updated at least. Currently in progress and not worried about:
- Recently lined up, and is in the pipeline, so I'm not concerned. But knowing my memory, I could forget, so I better post it here so I don't. @_@
- something that's been lined up, but hasn't been taken further at this time. Just waiting for them to be available.
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