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    Who: Joojoo, juicytreats
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/joojoo

    When: 06/15/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content

    On June 15 2020 I commissioned the artist joojoo on furaffinity to draw a single sketch page with 4 nsfw scenes in it and she sent told me that the commission would cost 80£ so I sent her the money. 
    A week later on June 21 2020 I asked her if it would be possible to add another scene in the sketch which I was willing to pay for but she suddenly sent me a message saying how each of the four scenes in this sketch page commission would cost 80£ per piece. she did not clarify this to me earlier as I thought that the whole commission was 80£.
    Than in another message she claimed that I didn’t pay her at all when I did in fact pay her as I have the paypal receipt to proof this and she blocked me furaffinity and she has been ignoring my messages for a refund 
    I tried to forgot about this as she is a popular furry artist so I felt that the odds were against me but I just couldn’t let go of this issue anymore and at the time I didn’t know that PayPal offered refunds and I was also afraid to go to them for help due to the commission being nsfw
    I’m attaching all the photos of the messages that the artist sent me and also proof of payment on PayPal here
    I would be very grateful if someone here could help me with this thank you 
    Note: this is my first time posting here so please let me know if made any mistakes or if I’m missing something 


    Who: Catiko / evvishere / evvisnothere
    Where: evvisnothere on discord (aka Catiko)
    When: 06/02/2023
    What: Commission

    Contacted back in June after seeing them advertising in a discord server I'm in. After paying for the agreed-on commission and getting no updates for over a month, I messaged again for an update. They said they had some other commissions ahead of mine in their queue and said they don't check discord much, so gave me an Instagram and Twitter as other means of contact (could not find the twitter account when I looked for it). Two and a half months later with no communication I messaged again and got no answer. Another month and a half later I tried the Instagram, which matches the discord exactly, and was ignored. Yesterday I tried one last time on discord to ask why I was ignored on Instagram, no answer, but I did notice they had been online because their username has changed (from Catiko to evvisnothere) so they have definitely since logged in and would have seen my notification/message. As well, their Instagram profile has a link to a whatsapp channel where they post updates and work, which was updated as recently as today (at time of writing). Their Instagram profile has also been updated with a new profile picture since my message was sent, meaning they have logged in there and will have seen a notification that I messaged them there.
    I paid €30 for this commission and just got ghosted.



    Who: Lopinho, Lopinhojaneiro
    Where: https://t.me/lopinhojaneiro
    When: 12/25/2023
    What: YCH

    I don't like the fact that I'm having to do this, but as I couldn't resolve this in a pacific way with this client, I've decided to make a beware so that other artist don't end up on the same situation as I am right now.
    Costumer: @lopinhojaneiro ~ https://t.me/lopinhojaneiro (Telegram)
    Telegram ID: 6328315414
    On December's end (most specifically Christmas) he came on Telegram to me asking for a animated icon of my Star Fox YCH. I accepted and started working on it the day after, soon I sent him the sketch for approval. Everything before asking for the payment. (Something that I always do, and that is stated in my ToS that can be found on my art channel @JellyBeansArt).
    Besides that, the user ignored me without reason for more than a week regarding the payment of 50$ BRL (around 10USD) for the commission, and was incredibly rude when I questioned him about it, who answered me saying that I "Haven't finished it yet so I won't be paying". On my advertisement of that specific YCH I explicitly say that I finish it up to 24h after the payment (I said the same on the conversation with him, but he just ignored saying again that he won't be paying).
    So if you doesn't wish to fall on this pit, I suggest avoiding this person's fursona. I'll be leaving here links that lead to his fursona's reference sheet and some extra artwork of him.
    Along with it I'll also leave a video that shows all the conversation (portuguese only) and prints of it on both Brazilian Portuguese (original) and English. Sorry for the poor quality of the english translated images, I took photos of them from my computer screen using my phone to use the Google Translator. The video have good quality.


    Who: Pup_Jaxces, MarbleShark, MarbleMephit, Cassettecoyote
    Where: https://twitter.com/Pup_Jaxces
    When: 08/11/2022
    What: Commission

    All below messages are via twitter DMs. See attached screeshots.

    On Aug 11th 2022 I reached out to the artist who was then Marbleshark_AD on twitter, and now Pup_Jaxces after they did username change.  After some discussion of content (skipped in the screenshots), we agreed to two NSFW sketches with alts totalling $140, paid on Aug 14th 2022 after some difficulty with initially paypal'ing the wrong address. I tip $15 at this step, for a total of $155. The agreement and payment is in the screenshots

    4 months pass, w. no contact.  December 10th 2022, I reached out again asking for an update since it had been awhile and I saw them posting about life struggles on twitter. No reply.
    7 days pass w. no contact.  December 16th, 2022, I reach out again asking for an update and giving reassurance in case they feared I was angry or annoyed.  They reply saying theyve made progress on the comish, and ask for a better place to make contact citing a lack notifications from twitter DMs. I provide my Discord and telegram. They do not reply further.

    Jan 4th, 2023. I reach out to make contact, having not received any friend request on discord or message on telegram.
    Jan 24th, 2023, I reach out to make contact, having not received any friend request on discord or message on telegram.

    Feb 26th, 2023, I post a reply to an art piece on their telegram art gallery asking about my unfinished commission. They ask me there to message them on twitter, then delete the replies. I DM them on twitter asking them to contact me.  I tell them I feel ghosted after 5 months, asking for the current state of the comish, and if none or minimal work has been completed I'd like a refund.  They say they will need to look through their sketchbooks saying its 'most likely done'.  This will be the last message I ever receive from them.

    July 31, 2023. I reach out to make contact after 5 months of wait, still having not received any further DM on twitter, nor friend request on discord or message on telegram.
    October 5, 2023. I reach out to make contact after seeing them post on twitter that theyre closing an account they host art on and that theyre discontinuing NSFW comishes, still having not received any further DM on twitter, nor friend request on discord or message on telegram. I ask again for a refund or for an update on their sketchbook search.

    After this I stop trying to contact them.  However on Oct 25th 2023 I make my own artist beware style post on my twitter and @ their handle, which would generate a notification for them.  On Nov 23 2023, I notice they've changed their handle to Pup_Jaxces.
    Having sought multiple times over a full year to resolve this either with delivery or refund, and sAs they have other posts here on ArtistBeware with the same behavior I can only presume this is not a mistake and they have no intent to deliver the commission.

    Who: Lorkalt1
    Where: https://twitter.com/lorkalt
    When: 01/11/2023
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content

    I was really holding out for Lorkalt, but the year is coming to an end and I have yet to get what I paid for. That, on top of months-long waits for a simple response and seeing the artist fulfill other commissions while I wait so long, I want to make this post to warn against commissioning Lorkalt or @Lorkalt1 on Twitter. 
    On January 11th, I started talks with Lorkalt about a two-character colored commission. We did the transaction through Paypal and it was all done on that same day. A couple of days later Lorkalt sent me a sketch of what the piece would look like, and I agreed to what I saw. 
    After this communication started to go downhill. I told the artist that I liked the sketch and then I finally got a response from him on February 27th - almost a month after we last spoke. He apologized for the wait and then sent me a link to a Google Drive folder that held detailed Black and Whites of my commission. I confirmed that I liked what I saw and sent him a few more details to help with the coloring. It almost took him until mid-July for me to get another response. 
    When I finally got a response from Lorkalt, they explained that they were preoccupied with a situation going on at their end and sent me another update which I confirmed. He explained that he was just finalizing everything, and yet I only got my next response in October. There was no real update concerning my commission, but instead an explanation as to what was now preventing him from giving me updates. He explained that he lost access to his Twitter due to being blocked and that he would send me news during that week. 
    That never happened, and now it's a few days into December and I have not heard ANYTHING from Lorkalt concerning my commission. 
    As you will see in the screenshots, during these huge windows of silence, I have sent Lorkalt multiple messages to see if we can re-establish some communication. I would either be left on read or just flat-out ignored, so I was kept in the dark about when I would get any updates on what I paid for. And while Lorkalt did state that he lost access to his account due to being blocked, I don't find that as a valid reason mostly due to how we also established communication through email. So, regardless of if his Twitter was blocked, he still had the capability of updating me via the email address that I provided to him. 
    It's irritating to deal with this because the art shows a lot of promise and I was excited to commission him. But I only learned that he has a habit of being tardy with updates only after I paid him, from this website and from other Twitter users who have been waiting for more than a year for their artwork. 




    Beware Pitfall Pup

    By Nirimer, in Artist Bewares,

    Who: @pitfallpup
    Where: https://twitter.com/PitfallPup
    When: 08/26/2022
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content Resolved
    I asked for a two person commission 

    He agreed as you can see

    proof of payment

    I ask for another update because I've recieved nothing so far

    Here's me getting ghosted for several months before finally getting a reply finally after floating the idea of a refund

    First wip

    Me getting ghosted again for several more months (we are now well past the paypal refund date I know, my bad)
    Here, he promises to finish my commission in a week after not talking to me for months, he has been uploading other people's commissions during all this time though.

    I agree to give him a week because I have no real means of recourse anyway

    Second wip

    And now just me sending messages into the void, he is currently posting on twitter though.
    At this point I don't really expect to get anything, not a picture, not my money back. To be honest I've stopped caring about the image altogether, I actually just want a refund since it's clear the artist has zero interest in doing my commission. I won't hold my breath for anything though. I hope at least some of you won't repeat my expensive mistakes now I know to never let an artist drag things past the paypal chargeback date.


    Beware: iigoart

    By Obiwan, in Artist Bewares,

    Who: iigoart, iigo-art, iigo_art, iigodeath, envyfelled
    Where: https://www.tumblr.com/iigo-art
    When: 02/18/2022
    What: Commission

    February 18, 2022: I message Envyfelled/Iigoart on Twitter expressing interest in commissioning them.

    February 24, 2022: They accept my commission idea (full message not included because this was a NSFW commission and I provided NSFW character details), and I pay the PayPal invoice they send me.

    The invoice they sent I paid (proof):

    September 20, 2022: Shortly after I paid for my commission, they went on a little art hiatus, which they came back a few months later in September and publicly tweeted that this was because of mental health issues. They mention that they have been giving commissioners refunds because of this, so I message them in hopes of getting one too (or at least a commission update of any kind, which I have not since I paid back on February 24). I understand they had life issues so I tried to be patient, hoping for a reply eventually (unfortunately, I never do).

    September 29, 2022: This is when I start to send several messages to them, asking for them to respond to me or explain where my commission is I paid money for. They never responded to me. I'm not sure if they've even opened our messages since I paid for the commission back in February.

    March 11 - July 18, 2023: They continue to ignore my messages.

    July 28, 2023: Both of their Twitters (@iigo_art and @envyfelled) don't seem to be the most active, so I find one of their tumblrs (@iigodeath) which they are pretty active on. I message them there, hoping they will respond to my messages, but they do not. I also try to send some Asks which they also ignore.

    Final contact was sent but no response:

    Summary: I commissioned Envyfelled/iigo-art in February 2022 for a $80 commission I would never get (no WIPs, progress updates, nothing). I unfortunately waited too long to open a PayPal dispute, so I am left robbed from my money as this artist will not communicate with me at all. While I get they have some life issues which may impede their ability to speedily answer my messages, it's been over a year since they have acknowledged my existence, and this behavior is just beyond unprofessional and frustrating. I make this post in hopes somebody can get me in touch with them so I can get my money back, or hopefully warn others in case this artist ever takes commissions again.

    Who: MarbleShark, MarbleMephit, CassetteCoyote
    Where: https://twitter.com/MarbleMephit/
    When: 08/14/2023
    What: Commission

    On the 3rd of July, MarbleShark_AD reached out to me, complimenting my OCs and offering me to commission them to help with their homeless situation.  I was initially interested but I didn’t buy a commission until August 14th, where we did business then.  We settled for $50 USD for (1) one shaded commission, which then we discussed about payment.  
    They only accepted CashApp, which I had to make an account to even send the payment.  I had an issue at first until I managed to get the QR code to work, and the payment was successful.  Soon after, they offered another commission for $20 USD, and I accepted.  After telling me happy birthday the day after, August 15th, I barely heard from them, until almost a whole month later, September 10th.  In the early hours of the night, they messaged me stating they needed money to get an Uber after getting out of jail and into an unsafe area 12 miles away from their home, promising me they’d pay me back.  
    They specifically asked for $35 USD, again through CashApp, and ultimately I obliged, feeling concerned for their current safety.  I messaged them a few days after to get an update, but I didn’t get much of an answer, and they left me in the dark without a response until October 13th, where, again, they asked for more money.  They wanted another $25 to get an Uber from the countryside to the hospital, again saying they would pay me back, but due to the tight budget I had this month, I couldn’t help them again.  In addition, I also commented about the previous time they asked for money and how they’ve yet to pay me back like they said.  
    Plus mentioning that I’ve yet to get any updates or word about the status of the commissions I paid for, stating that seeing an update would be greatly appreciated.  In response, they simply said, “sorry for asking for help damn.”  I waited a few more days and asked about the commissions, and soon sent a huge statement representing how I felt about the lack in communication and the negligence of any update to the commissions I paid for.  I told them to not ignore my message, only to see that it was never seen, and yet when looking at their profile, they’re making general posts and offering much smaller priced headshot commissions.

    - provided is the screen cap for paying MarbleShark_AD, or on their CashApp, Tenae, a total of $105 USD; $70 USD total for the two commissions, plus the additional $35 for their Uber ride back home.
    - Additionally, I provide the chat log from Twitter/X involving me, and MarbleShark_AD. 

    Who: RicoTheShepherd, ricotheshepherd.bsky.social, xKingRicoX, xkingricox, the.awesome.shepherd
    Where: https://twitter.com/RicoTheShepherd
    When: 06/24/2023
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content

    Originally commissioned in June of 2023. After payment, full on ghosting despite being active on Twitter. 

    Paid 25€ for a commission of my sona, just a simple plain headshot, nothing else interesting. Bewaree told that "it'll be done around Thursday" aka 29.6.2023. 
    Bewaree has been active on twitter, mainly posting NSFW images, that's why I marked the post as NSFW. 
    I've tried reaching out to the Bewaree on Tele, Twitter, Paypal and Discord but to no avail. 
    I also reached out to to his friend who knows the bewaree IRL, image attached below (19.9.2023). 
    Still no answer from the artist, that's why I'm making this post on AB. 



    Beware: Fluxy

    By Ravie, in Artist Bewares,

    Who: Fluxy
    Where: https://t.me/FluxyLittlePaw
    When: 05/09/2023
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content

    We agreed on a hand drawn, physical paper based drawing that would be shipped to me in the USA. I was shown several examples of his art. I liked what I saw, but he could not really price me appropriately. He said he would do it for 25 euro, but shipping would be to the USA, so I offered a very generous 70 Euros for the drawing plus shipping. He invoiced me, and still said in the invoice that he felt that was "too much".  I am generous with artists, and don't mind paying well for an art style I like and enjoy. I was prepared to pay even more if the shipping was going to be higher than anticipated, although I didn't state that.
    We went back and forth on paper sizes, and style, and all the normal things you'd expect.  Then, he invoices and I paid.  He then said he would get started.  Here is the timeline of conversation:
    May 2 2023: First contact, asked if they had examples of bunnies or anything like that. I got several examples of work in general done. No bunnies, but examples of his style both digital and physical paper. We go back and forth on things for the next few days.
    May 9 2023: I get invoiced for 70 Euro, which included shipping. He says he will start drawing.
    May 21 2023: No updates. I ask, and he gives first excuse: "I work on it like a little on the time. Yeah on weekends I have plenty of time. But I give at least an hour a day for it so it is not rushed."  I was understanding.  He specifically said he would try to finish it June 10th because "afterwards I wont have time".
    May 30 2023: He contacts me saying hes not forgotten about me, and will finish anothers commission, then will work on mine.
    June 1 2023: He then says hes going to start my commission, after a few questions prior. This somewhat confused me, but I didnt say anything. He said he had already been doing it, but whatever I suppose?  In addition to this, he shared a conversation with someone else that commissioned him that refused to pay him because someone got into their account.  Why he would share this with me is unknown.
    June 4 2023: He messages me asking if I would advertise the artwork if I liked it.  I said sure.  I just wanted the art at this point.
    June 5 2023: He asked me some more questions specific to the type of paper used. We sort that out.
    July 14 2023: I ask him for a project update. I'm ignored.
    July 15 2023: I ask again.  I get an excuse that he's working too much, hes too busy, hes not forgotten, etc etc. He offers to refund me on Aug 10th.  At this point, I didn't care for a refund, I just wanted the art, so I said I would wait.  I'm pretty patient and I understand life happens.
    Sept 8 2023: I ask for update.  I'm ignored.  He viewed my message that day.
    Sep 18 2023: I askm again.  I also express dismay that his name says hes open for commissions, but he's just ignoring me.  I'm ignored again, but again he viewed my message that day.
    Sep 28 2023: I asked for a refund.  He viewed this message same day, and as usual ignored me.
    Oct 1 2023: I officially put in for a paypal dispute against him, and am posting here.  I told him I was doing so. He deleted the conversation, and I was blocked from telegram a few minutes after I told him that.  I unfortunately did not capture the point of me telling him this in a screenshot and since he deleted it, I can no longer reach him.
    Proof of payment (redacted real names and real info):

    Relevant info/correspondence.  Note that I have a video of the entire conversation from beginning to end I can share with a moderator, but cannot post here due to private/real life information.
    Agreement of payment/price:

    Other correspondence to support (Tried to get the dates in as best I could)

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