As many of you might know, I'm an avid commission buyer. I've had good experiences, I've had bad ones. Right now I'm in the middle of a particularly bad one which has cost me a lot of money and a lot of stress, and I'm wondering what's your opinion on this, watchers, either as commission buyers or sellers.
So here's the situation. Tried to order a commission from someone on tumblr, because I liked their art and have been having a bit of a rough time lately and art cheers me up. They seemed disinterested and frankly a little rude when I initially was asking what they thought was a fair price. I wasn't lowballing them. I was literally asking what they wanted to be paid. After three days of this, I apologized for wasting their time and informed them not to worry about it because I would find someone else.
They apologized for being standoffish and then gave me what they thought was a fair price. To me it didn't seem unreasonable, but it was still a lot. They promised I'd have a sketch sometime that day.
Three days later, after they had done three new personal projects, I asked about the sketch. They rushed to go do it after I had asked. Then went back and did four more personal projects over the next few days before I asked again about progress. This time they did lines.
Today, after seeing them post another 6 personal projects (and ask their followers for ideas for more) I asked if they could just give me an estimate about how long it would take. They told me they were easily distracted and would have it done "soon", but didn't give me any specifics and have since done another personal project.
What do you guys think? Personally, I think that if someone paid you for art, that should take priority. These personal projects weren't things they were already working on, they started these after I had paid them.
I had an art trade with a wonderfully polite, awesome artist here on dA and I got sick as I was trying to get her half done. It took me a lonnnng time, a lot longer than she took on my half. But I let her know I wasn't feeling well and that I hadn't forgotten about her. I did not start any new personal projects. She was patient with me, as I like to think I am when hired artists are good about communicating with me and keeping me in the loop.