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So i've recently found out that there are some artists out there who claim themselves as "professionals" yet all they do is basically taking people/customers money through art commissions and not finishing the work in months or even years, victims are mainly those who have already paid and patiently waited for that amount of time and still not receiving what they have paid for. Some artists who does this are artistically good, with relatively good amount of followers/fans, and some are popular here too (and maybe some other art sites, not just on DA)... It kinda sucks to think about it, the artist you admired for so long are the ones who does something like this. I feel sorry to those people who fell into this situation or if you've been in this situation before, i do hope you get your money back in the end. I mean, those money they've received didn't just grow from trees, people worked hard for it just to commission their fav artist(s), and yet knowing there are artists like this out there, it's saddening.

And i happen to know one, such a shame.

There are far better and decent artists out there who deserve the money unlike some... careful guys, if you're planning to commission!


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Julie-Denka Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Ugh, I'm making a commission for someone that paid me 250 points! I think I was waiting too long to do it! I'm a horrible person :'(
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hope-on-fire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep. This has happened to me TWICE. I still commission artists though, because I know not everyone is like that and that some people make their living through commissions, but it still sucks when it happens. :[
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artratene Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it sucks to know that there are some people out there like that. I think when I used to take commisions, I'd screenshot with a watermark of their commie in a thumbnail, and after everything was okay I gave it to them. Man, some people just need gain some motivation!
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Amadoodles Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I've heard about several of these :( Or the artist continually promising to have things done next week, and a year later still nothing.  It gives the commissioner a bad experience, an d scares people away from potentially commissioning other artists ;( 
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nightmaresky Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I've commissioned quite a few artist. I have to say sadly 10% will be late with getting commissions done and 5% will take your money and run. For the most part DA artists are good with getting their commissions done. It's also about being a smart shopper. I only commission people who have a reasonable list of customers. I don't understand commissioners who take on more than 10 people.

But that's my opinion and I do believe those artist that don't finish their commissions are making a bad name for themselves.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Isn't there a group on live journal that keeps track of those people?
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ZakOnestar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
In my many years, i've been scared to ask anyone for a Free-Friendly commission let alone a paid one. I guess I'm just over cautious but after reading this. I think I was scared for the right reasons.
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Igunenko Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Happened to me before, in the end I got my money back or got the commission after half a year or something, it still makes me angry to be treated like this. If you take a long time, at least tell me in the beginning, if something happens so you can't draw, write me a note and tell me! Is it that hard to stay in touch?
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Pinguicha Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a friend complaining about a number of them (unnamed). She paid for the commissions and never got the drawings. Such a shame :(
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ZenRumi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I've never really understood what is a 'professional artist'. As in what qualifies them. But that aside, such behavior is inexcusable and wrong. If the artist is a 'professional' he or she should know how many orders they can handle within a reasonable time frame, without getting overwhelmed. 
I would understand if someone who is just now doing commissions, bites off more than they can handle. But that should teach them something so it doesn't happen again. That it happens once is enough. And if it happens an artist should stop taking commissions and finish the ones they already have. 

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