Once I commissioned an artist on FA, because at the time a friend (now ex friend) advertised said artist as a friend of their's who needed money due to having financial issues, like talk of trying to find work/possible homelessness if I remember correctly. So I bought one, just a chibi w/simple pattern-esque bg (I think their to do list had 10-20 items at the time). Fast forward a few months I ask them about it, they tell me they haven't started on it and apologize so I don't think about it cuz of their situation. Then their to do list gets really big (like 40+ items maybe), and no joke, a year passes and I still haven't seen my commission. After that I think I wound up waiting almost a year and a half for it, just one.. simple chibi.
So because of that, I refuse to commission anyone who has 10+ items on their to do list nor do I commission people in those unfortunate situations. Because I don't want to take the chance of waiting over a year for a drawing, to me no artist is worth that kind of wait x.x;