This would only be the second time I have run afoul on an artist commission. The first time would be when a pegasister in Rhode Island dropped off the grid after taking $850 in payments for custom pony hoodies. $200 of that was my money. She got a nice shimmering post on Artists Beware for her fraud.
This time, it's much cheaper, thankfully. The person I have commissioned for the cover to Star-crossed Stallions has not been in contact for a week, and is quite frankly refusing to communicate. When I have found them online on Skype, they have immediately gone offline when I have asked for a progress report. Four separate times.
So all in all, I'm done. Regardless of whether he eventually produces the art I paid him for, he will not see another cent, and he has lost "his best client". I don't mind delays, but you damn well better keep me updated. I'm considering myself out $30,and have commissioned another artist who has done pieces for me, and considers me trustworthy enough to not ask for 100% up front.