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  • Beware: fumophu11

    Who: Artist: fumophu11
    Where: https://twitter.com/fumophu11
    https://picarto.tv/fumophu
    https://www.pixiv.net/en/users/9854970
    https://ko-fi.com/fumophu
    http://discord.gg/vu9G3SG
    When: 09/15/2019
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    Contacted him via E-mail, where we confirmed the commission script idea then moved to discord for faster chat.
    In discord we settled on the price/rates where I proceeded to pay half up front on 9/15/19 (150 USD) (censored Screen shot below)
    They worked on the first page which was submitted for review and verification on 10/17/19
    They have had zero responses in discord since 10/17/19. (screen shot below)
    I sent a check up via discord, which states a generic either no longer valid/blocked response.
    I found the original contact e-mail and sent a update request and have still received no response.
    I found his twitter and sent him inquiry on the discord issue, they sent a response confirming their discord was still active (so that means it had to be blocked), so confirmed why I was contacting them. 
    Upon realizing this was regarding a commission they flaked on they then blocked me on twitter as well. (screen shot below)
     
    at this point it's been 9 months since the last actual confirmation of any work from the artist with all attempts to contact them resulting in ghosting/blocks.
     





    Beware @\SugarPup

    Who: SugarPup
    Where: Telegram
    When: 01/24/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    I feel i should do this after urging from an artist friend. early this year before a friends birthday i commissioned SugarPup on telegram from a local group chat. the art piece i ordered was something i dont believe was very much but it was 3 characters in a small shaded piece sitting together.


    thinking hey life gets busy and as an artist it would be valid to have a que for art i asked if they did indeed have one which you can see at the bottom of this post.
    At the price i have paid it was said to be at $45 but i did the transfer as friends and family since it wouldn't need them to pay for the full payment as such it came out at $46.61. since this is a decent chunk of change as at this point life had some curveballs and i lost my job i was a little more on edge with anything i spent money on
     

    as of this month, (july) there hasnt been any progress on the art piece to my knowledge and  after multiple conversations spanning months to date usually simple things like. "hey hows things going with the art piece?'" but being a trusting person i am not sure how much of her replies have been valid with irl things happening alot to herself and her dogs they own so i gave them more time.
     

    at first it was a simple 2 month delay and i checked in in march. but as of now in july currently the 26 at time of posting i havent heard back from her and her telegram nickname has changed and the group we shared at one point she is no longer in so im not entirely sure if she is ghosting me or if something else has come up hence why this is a caution. granted ive been lucky and had an artist take a while due to other circumstances.,I cant go into who but it took over a year but i did finally get the piece and some extra material as compensation for the delay. i currently have no way of knowing if SugarPup has done any work on my commision to date or if she will ever finish or send it forward as she still has no art que to my knowledge and i cannot get ahold of the artist via any known means

    i would love to get my money back or get my commision but im not sure what steps to take from here... ;-;

    CAUTION! Maj-Mania749, aka Majeste

    Who: Maj-Mania749
    Where: https://twitter.com/mmania749
    Maj-Mania749 @ Amino
    http://fursuitsbymajmania749.com
    When: 06/23/2020
    What: Commission


    I have never written a Beware before. I didn’t even want to make this one, but this is completely unacceptable and future buyers should be aware. This is a small time fursuit maker by the name of Majeste. Back on June 23rd 2020, I purchased a custom set of puffy paws with claws after having talked details of the design and other pertinent information. I was quoted $190 and paid the full $190. Remember that price was QUOTED TO ME, because it will be relevant later on. 
     
    Majeste, at first, I had no issues with. The paws were going to take a little while and that was fine, that had already been established up front. The design of the paws was reviewed and I picked out my fur and minky fabrics that would be used to make these paws. I was under the impression that the fabrics that I chose WITH Majeste’s help would be the exact furs ordered and used on my paws. I don’t get any updates for a couple weeks, which again, is fine, I was aware of the time frame for paws turnaround. However, the issue comes in when Majeste sends me a WIP photo. I could see the backing of the pink minky looked strange, textured, but I don’t sew, I don’t work with materials, so I didn’t know. I wasn’t concerned at this point. I had no reason to believe the fabric was not the fabric I chose. 
     
    The next photo I received was of one finished paw. This is where the major issue comes into play: the minky on the paws was NOT the minky I had chosen/agreed upon when the order for the paws was placed. I had been given no prior indication of this change. At first, I sort of glossed over it. It was devastated, but I didn’t want to become a nightmare customer or cause issues. I assumed Majeste would have a solution in mind. Majeste did not at all offer to fix the problem up front, she did not even address it until I did first. As if it was no issue. I still wanted my paws, but I was extremely unhappy. I paid for a service and product, and neither was delivered as promised/agreed upon. I paid $190 for paws the way they had been discussed, not with a change in minky. I will admit, I became more agitated and less willing to accept this work as the conversation went on.
     
    At this point, I did not want to prolong the wait time, and I did not want to be treated as an inconvenience. I suggested upgraded shipping as a fair means of coming to a resolution. Majeste would have to make no refund, no alterations - simply mail the paws with an upgraded shipping method. This is where she becomes extremely aggressive with me. She tries to have me pay MORE to even FIX the paws in the first place, otherwise they won’t be fixed. She tells ME that MY behavior is unacceptable and tells me I’m scamming her. Scamming her after I had already paid the $190 for my paws. Right. She continues, saying she already discounted my paws (I never asked for any discount, Majeste herself quoted me the price of $190 from the get go, as mentioned earlier) and if I want things to be “fair”, I’ll pay the difference of her “usual” paw price and she’ll fix them. 
     
    Needless to say, I was extremely upset by this interaction. As a paying customer, I felt completely sidelined and overall unhappy with the finished result of my custom made product. Now, I’m going to have to have these fixed myself. In the end, Majeste did ship them and provide a tracking number to me. I do not have the paws in my hands as of writing this, but I would like to update based on the quality of the paws I do receive. There are LOTS of screenshots, as this is the entire conversation as it took place on Amino. Please. Proceed with extreme caution if you are considering working with Maj-Mania749. 
     
    Attached are all the screenshots of every interaction I had with Majeste. I included everything, even the conversation bits, so there’s nothing lost and all context is there. Hopefully it’s all in order! 











































    Beware: MadGothic

    Who: https://twitter.com/nattmadmak
    Where: https://steamcommunity.com/id/Madgothicgirl
    When: 08/16/2018
    What: Commission


    Back in 2018 I had stumbled apon a (mainly) TF2 artist, I had initially asked her for a 2 character half body piece. She accepted and the transaction was sent (sent via Steam items equal to her prices at the time):

     
    About 3 days later I was given a WIP piece, making me believe that the commission was soon to be done with. 

     After that I had sent an update ref, and a bit later she sends me saying that its done shes just on the shading now (I was not given an update photo of it 'done' asides some shading). 

    I (on steam) had asked her to change it to my Pyro loadout in game (hence why I asked that, but steam convos delete themselves) and just to make an icon instead of a half body. She was fine with this and proceeded to tell me that it was done and on her PC but she couldn't access it due to it being finals week and her not being allowed on her PC during them.

    This was the last message I sent to her, and I have yet to hear any updates. The bit I don't have screenshots for was her telling me she'd refund me on Steam, and .. steam being the way it is. There's no way for me to retrieve those messages unfortunately. But this has been over 2 years, and she has completely ghosted me. As well as continued advertising commissions, whilst leaving mine unfinished and forgotten about. 
     

     
    I don't have much photo proof due to.. this being like 75% of conversations that went on. 

    Caution: xBlueAshesx

    Who: xBlueAshesx
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/xblueashesx/
    When: 04/08/2020
    What: Commission

    Resolved
    On the 8th of April this year I asked xBlueAshesx about a Lion King YCH. She then accepted, I gave her my PayPal info and paid. Unfortunately I don't have the acceptance PM anymore, but here's a screenshot of the PayPal payment as proof.



    On the 13th of July, it'd been almost 3 months and I hadn't received anything back from xBlueAshesx yet, not even a WIP picture. I suggested a refund if she hadn't started on the art piece yet. This PM was read, but never replied to.



    After 6 days with no acknowledgement, it was then that I decided to request a chargeback. xBlueAshesx finally replied and offered to finish the piece. I refused, feeling like it would be rushed.




    Her final PM said I would receive a refund and also how I should "read an artist's TOS in the future", which I actually did do before placing the commission. I would've been happy to wait 3 months, I've actually waited that long for commissions in the past, but like I said, I was expecting to see a WIP pic at this point at least. Sadly, nothing.



    I'm now blocked by her on Furaffinity and no longer able to contact her. She continues to take on new commissions.

    Beware - DocProxy

    Who: DocProxy
    Where: https://twitter.com/DocProxy
    https://www.docproxy.net
    http://www.hentai-foundry.com/pictures/user/DoctorProxy
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/docproxy/
    When: 01/19/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    This was my first art commission I payed so I don't have much experience in doing these commissions. So, I commissioned a speedpaint of a OC of mine for $150 that would include a cum version variant. We agreed upon a half up front and a half later when they finish payment. I provided some references and I also sketch my OC in a certain pose I want.


    They provided me with a sketch of how it would look like before they worked on it. There were a few edits and comments on what they should fix on my OC. There were gaps of no communication from the artist, but they responded back later with them saying they were really busy which was understandable.
    m
    March 24 was the last time they responded back to my post. I know its COVID 19 and people have some IRL personal problems, but it would be nice if they told me or sent some kind of proof they were working on my art piece.

    BEWARE: Ynesiarte

    Who: Ynesiarte
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/ynesiarte/
    When: 05/15/2020
    What: Commission


    Around 2 months ago, an artist by the name of Ynesiarte was offering some headshot commissions. I took interest in their art style and the cheap pricing, so I commented on their post on FurAffinity to claim a slot (which I cannot show because they deleted their FurAffinity account). Then then reached out to me, and gave me their payment information. I sent payment via PayPal and it was confirmed that payment had gone through. I then waited a couple of days, and wondering where my commission was, (they said in the FurAffinity post that the commission would take 1-2 days) I contacted them and being as polite as I could, asked about my commission. '
    They then replied that they had another social account somewhere in which they were also taking orders, and that they were sorry for the delay and that they didn’t warn me in advance. I should’ve taken the red flag that they were taking in many commissions at a time, but I instantly forgave them, took that as a sufficient amount of information, and because I saw other people’s commissions being completed and posted on their FurAffinity Gallery, (which I cannot show due to them deleting their account) I had hope that it would be finished. I waited for a month with no updates, and part of this is on me, but I was so busy with life at the time and I didn’t want to feel like I was bombarding a poor artist who was already doing many commissions at a time just to make money. So I waited, and after a month of being fed up with waiting and no update, I sent a message asking what was going on, and saying that if they were too busy to take my commission, I would happily take a refund. That message wasn’t even read, and so I just ignored the situation for a while, hoping and assuming it was an emergency of some kind.
    After checking in another month later, (a couple days ago) I realized that they had deleted their FurAffinity account entirely, maybe because of an emergency, or maybe to avoid the long and overwhelming list of commissions that they had build up over the course of a couple of months. Im posting this beware because they might try to rebrand themselves and sell more art, but because I don’t have pictures of their art, I can’t officially prove if someone I find might be them rebranded and such, which is frustrating. I tried looking them up on all social media platforms after their FurAffinity account was deleted under the same username Ynesiarte, but it came to no avail. I really don’t know what this beware will do to help anyone due to their account being deleted and such, but if they come back up onto any platform, I personally would not commission any art from them.
    They proved to be immensely lacking in proper communication with the client, ignored my attempts at reaching out to them, and in the end, didn’t deliver the final product they promised me and I didn’t receive anything close to a refund. Luckily, the commission was only around $15, so I didn’t have to learn this lesson too hard, but just be aware of you are commissioning. I really hate to do this to someone and post a beware about them, but they left me no other choice. Thank you for reading my beware. 
     
    Proof: This was the first note after I commented on their post on FurAffinity under the account Ynesiarte.

    I then sent payment. Waited for around 3-4 days, and then finally reached out to them. They replied, as seen below.

    Then, after a month had past, I sent the message below to them. As you can see in the screenshot after that, this same message had not been read by them (the shaded people are other artists I have noted and commissioned during this time). Their account was still up at the time, so either there was an emergency, (which I was suspecting at the time was the case) they just didn’t get the message, (which seems unlikely as I messaged them that same way before and they got my messages just fine) or they were deliberately ignoring my message (my personal hypothesis but with no substantial evidence). 

    This is harder to show as it doesn’t say the account name when it says that the following page is not available, but if you click the link to their previous FurAffinity account, it will say that the page is unavailable and was deleted by the owner. I’ll leave both the link and the screenshot below. Link: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/ynesiarte/

     

    Beware BrokenVocaloid

    Who: Brokenvocaloid
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/brokenvocaloid/
    When: 12/30/2019
    What: Commission


    I had originally contacted this artist on December 30th for a Batty YCH. The turnaround time on the initial post was 2 weeks.
    I had unwatched them due to the constant NSFW YCH spam daily (100+). They filled my submissions constantly and was super annoying imo. I wasnt aware of some of their update journals and I wasnt reached out to. 
    I contacted Feb 24th about my ych and they said it would be the next day. I was giving birth to my daughter on the 26th of February so I was too busy to message them after not receiving the art as they said. 
    A few months later I contacted again and got the same excuse. at this point I just wanted a refund because no W.I.P. were sent in 6 months. Their trello is also ungodly long ^^; 
     
    So far i have been waiting a couple weeks for my refund while continuously getting the excuse "can you wait till so and so date"
     
    Do not commission them if you value your money













    BEWARE: Joshua-Fooll

    Who: Joshua-Fooll
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/joshua-fooll/
    When: 01/03/2020
    What: Commission


    I ordered a custom design from him 6 months ago, initially I was okay waiting as he said he had just left hospital and I did not want to rush him right after. A few months pass, I attempt to contact him again. No response. I try again and I still don't receive a response. Eventually, I resorted to posting on his FA page, which he just ignored and deleted from his wall. I feel bad posting something like this, but the artist also has posted that he is taking commissions up on his page, and he did accept payment.


    Beware: CherishArts/SugarBabie

    Who: Cherish/ Sugarbabie
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/sugarbabie/
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/cherisharts/
    When: 01/28/2020
    What: Commission


    TL;DR at the bottom.
    Hey everyone! This is Sugarbabie, formerly known as CherishArts.  I was put in touch with her through a mutual friend.  She said that Sugar had opened up emergency comms to pay for her baby, I liked her style, so I said sure.  It seemed like a win win.  I ordered two pieces, a ref sheet and a bust, totalling $70 + a $30 tip because I was in a giving mood.  This was on January 27th, 2020. (Censored name is the mutual friend) 
    What followed was 6 months of radio silence for the most part.  No updates, no WIPs, mostly ignoring my requests for updates.  There were a lot of excuses regarding health and real life complications.  I was more than happy to oblige.  I know life is tough right now, and I am patient.  Suddenly in May it dawned on me I hadn't seen her discord updated in a long time.  I went and checked and it had ceased to exist.  Naturally this sent alarm bells ringing.  I went and checked her FA, no updates there for a month, but someone mentioned a second page.  Sure enough, Cherish was now SugarBabie.  All her socials, Ko-Fi, and Patreon were all new as of March.  Suspecting she rebranded to avoid fulfilling her queue,  I added her on her new discord and told her how bad this looked.  She profusely apologized.  2020 sucks, life is hard, apology accepted.  She offered to rush the art overnight, or give me a refund.  I stated I wasn't interested in the art anymore, and I would like a refund.  However with the ghosting, I didn't trust her to follow through, so I told her I would start a chargeback with my bank.  She agreed.
    I called Paypal, they told me to call my bank.  My bank told me that since the transaction was over 90 days old, they couldn't initiate a chargeback, and I would have to go through the artist for a refund.  I message Sugar back, explain the situation, and am hit with a flat out refusal.  Apparently her offer of a refund was off the table when I said I would do it.  When I explained what the bank had told me, she dug in, taking personal offense to me messaging after I "couldn't get it done on my own."  I was shocked.  Frustrated, I went to her FA and left a shout that explained the situation.  Essentially a 1 star yelp review, it was rapidly removed and I was blocked.  I messaged her back and asked for a refund on the service she failed to provide.  She continued to claim she fulfilled her TOS though nothing was delivered, stating I voided the contract by initiating a refund.  She somehow thinks she can keep the money though nothing was given aside from random free art that isn't of my character nor is it what I asked for. Apparently that qualifies as fulfilling the order, just throwing something random at the client.  To top it all off, she threatened to sue if I "slandered her business" with bad reviews or "harassed" her by asking for the refund she said I was entitled to, and apparently I'm being reported to law enforcement, though I guarantee that's just a bluff. 
    TL;DR: Artist attempts to avoid fulfilling order by rebranding, refuses to refund me after I went to handle it on my own, claims she fulfilled her TOS by throwing random art at me, threatens to sue if I keep leaving bad reviews.
     
     






     




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