First off, I'm not venting. I'm simply highlighting a recent project that proved difficult. Everything isn't always ice cream and bubble gum here. It's not always easy. Sometimes it's work. Here's how it went:
They basically provided me with this photograph, and asked me to render it in a loose, painterly style.
Here's a portion of my sketch and the final painting:
They didn't like it. They thought the girl looked older in the painting than in the photo (which, I agree, she does), and they thought, not very attractive.
So, I created this new sketch, with a focus on making her more attractive.
They didn't like the revision, and I didn't like the idea of trying to make her more attractive. More attractive to who? I also felt the sketch no longer looked like the girl in the photo.
So, I sent this revised sketch, making her eyes bigger. I thought it worked. They didn't like it.
So I sent this new sketch. They didn't like it.
So I sent another sketch. They didn't like it.
So they sent this new photo, which they felt was more attractive, and asked me to render it instead.
And I created this sketch.
The project was canceled. Not because of my work, they said. But because both photos are of a famous person, and there are copyright issues that weren't considered. On to my next project.
Again, I'm not complaining. I got paid fairly for my work. The publisher is one of the best, and the art director was absolutely fabulous, one of the sweetest people I've ever worked with.