Back in 2016, an artist going by Allyster Black, formerly known as Total Krazen, opened up commissions. I had bought two pieces from him in the past, so I didn't think it was a huge deal. He was also somewhat horse famous, being one of the digital artists helping out for Equestria Daily, so it always seemed safe.
This last time, however, he failed to deliver. Not only that, but he broke contact with everyone entirely. Below I have pictured my last interaction with the guy:
At first glance, it seems as though something went wrong and he had to recover before starting back up. But this was back in 2016; he had plenty of time to get his shit together. Not only that, but he had plenty of time to let people know what was holding him up.
And no, he didn't die, or suffer any kind of accident that would keep him offline. I know this because I can look at his Derpibooru and see where he's been removing his own artist tag from many, many pieces of his art within the past week.
I have been decently persistent in attempting to reach out to him on a few different platforms as well. I'll be focusing on one of the Derpi messages I sent him, as all my comments on his DeviantArt went away when he deactivated his account. Timestamp there was seven months ago, and he had time to sort through Derpibooru and remove all those tags, but not get back to me.
I've tried very bluntly attempting a refund, but to no avail.
I've reached out to his friends. Nobody has heard from him. Again, despite the fact that he has clearly been online. I know someone else who's looking into why he could be trying to ghost everyone he took comms from.
His Steam shows that he was online less than a month ago as well.
And I'm not the only one. There are others, some allegedly up to 200 USD.
Allyster Black owes a lot of people a lot of money, but it's clear that he has no honor, no integrity, and won't pay it back. Doesn't even have the spine required to explain himself. Yes, his account is deactivated here, and as of now he's only been lurking on Steam and removing his tags from Derpibooru. However, I implore anybody reading: If he ever resurfaces, steer clear of this artist.