I was working as a concept artist for an indie company that wanted to make a video game. They needed a ton of assets and I wasn’t sure if I could fit it in, but they literally begged me to submit an art brief. I agreed.
They sent me a rough concept to go off. I started to put the artwork together, trying to give them a fresh take on the concept.
As time went on, they changed every… tiny… detail of my design to exactly fit the initial concept until they were practically designing it themselves via emails.
At this stage, I lost interest and passion. But when they mentioned working alongside another reputable design studio I sat up and paid attention. Having my work seen by them would be great exposure. Maybe they would hire me someday! These guys were one of the top design studios in my field.
Client: So we showed your work to that design studio!
Me: Really? W-what did they say?
I was wondering what they thought of it, and nervous that I had no say in any of the design as the client had 100% creative control.
Client: Well, to be honest, they didn’t think you made it.
Client: They said it looked like you got a totally different artist to work on it.
Sigh. In a way, I guess I had.
I never worked on a second brief for that client.