I commissioned from Mandy twice, and was satisfied with her work. The first commission was good, missing a few details, but mostly my fault due to lack of good and detailed pictures.
The second one, and most costly at around $1200, was pretty good, especially for the rush job. Luckily most of the problems I was able to fix in my own, like the hat being very flimsy due to lack of wire, or the wrong colors being used, and like most of the accessories and details missing. Of course I asked if these could be changed before shipping, but they could not be.
I got the cosplay a few days before my flight, luckily I had an artist friend and she was able to create the missing details that Mandy herself said could not be made. This angered my artist friend. What angered her more was the fact the shoes weren't sent with the cosplay, they were done by the way.
Despite the many flaws, I can't be too mad, at least it fit me and didn't fall apart. Everything else can be fixed with a simple paint job. Still working on that.
This doesn't excuse her from using that material, that was so flimsy. One thing I wish Mandy would do is give progress photos.
These experiences have taught me that when you commission something you must do things like give them plenty of time to finish, and be as detailed as much as possible right down to the fabric used. Try not to think about it as annoying the commissioner. Even with the pictures I gave Mandy, it wasn't perfect, so next time I commission something ill be even more detailed with what I want.
I must say though, the cosplay was not that bad looking for a 2 month rush job.
Oh I should mention, that the cosplay was Black Mage from FInal Fantasy 14. I have some pics up, please excuse the shoes. In general, people liked it and at least recognized it. With the work I've done, it looks better now.
Would I commission from her again?, probably, once I somehow save up that much money again.
Final Fantasy XI, Scholar Artifact Armor: 100% (retired)
Final Fantasy XI, Scholar Savant's Attire: 100%
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Black Mage Artifact Armor: 100%
Anime Expo 2013
Last edited by Giyari : 09-22-2013 at 07:19 AM.
Reason: Changed price I paid.