Name of Commissioner: Amethyst Angel
Website/C.com gallery: http://www.amethyst-angel.com/
Character commissioned and series/video game (please include if this was the entire costume, just a jacket, prop, accessory, wig, etc.): Dark Protoman.EXE, from Rockman.EXE/Megaman Battle Network. It was the entire costume (helmet, cuffs, armored vest, boots)
Reference picture: http://starnine.manaexe.com/wow/085.jpg
Links to picture(s) of your commissioned item: http://starnine.manaexe.com/wow/ouch.jpg
you can see the giant-helmet sliding around in action here. I had to lean back for photos, in order to SEE.
a lovely look at the boots. If you look closely, you can see my black socks I wore on the heel. This was after the bottom of the boot fell apart...before I even went to the con!
Timeline (how long your order took to process): Commissioned Jan06 for Otakon that year. Didn't get it till a week before Otakon...07.
Describe your Experience. Pros, Cons, Comments: It started out smoothly. Great contact, down payment sent. She even posted a tutorial on her LJ that was based around the helmet for my cosplay. However, a couple of months before the con, I emailed her, asking for an update. No answer. I prodded her several times on LJ about it, no answer.
She got back to me the day before the con, saying it would not be complete. She had issues, and forgot. Okay, fine. I had a backup costume. I asked for it to be done of Otakon07, since that is the only con I regular attend.
Well, I let her be till about march, and started sending emails, asking how things were going. No answer. Prodded on lj again. No answer for awhile. Finally got an email about...may? She barely worked on it. She had the helmet done, and the cuffs only constructed. I sent her the last payment (I only had to pay for the shipped. She didn't charge me the rest for being a whole YEAR late). Got it barely a week before Otakon.
Well, it was pretty, I'll give it that.
Practical? Not in the least. The helmet opening was way too small. I had to cut it open in order to get it on my head. And while the opening was small, the inside was too big. the helmet would flop around, and cover alot of my face.
The vest armor was too small. it wouldn't seal up in the back, and I couldn't move.
the leg armor was fused at the ankle, and the "sole" of the boots was that very thin craft-foam sheet you can get at art stores. Needless to say that broke instantly. It was impossible to walk in, and even more impossible to get around the con in. (Otakon has stairs, you know...)
It's like since she wasn't getting paid for my cosplay because of the lateness, no care went into the sizing of it. At all.
Not to mention, the whole costume hurt like hell. I wore it for a max of 4 hours the whole weekend.
Final Grade: F
Frankly, I wouldn't recommend her to anyone. Running a 'business' of any kind, you can't pull this crap. As a graphic designer in the field, I totally understand rough deadlines. But, even if you make mistakes, you have to own up to them and still do a good job, least is wreck your reputation. Not to mention, don't take on too many projects you can't handle at once. And this is what happened here.
NEVER order a full cosplay from her, and order props at your own risk. Until she learns to acutally keep good contact AND manage her time properly. To be honest, she seems more interested in making tutorial books. ...