I’m an artist and to earn a living, I paint photorealistic portraits of animals for commission.
Every new client has the same process: We talk about the pictures, which I should use and of course: the background. Since I paint the animals quite big on the canvas, to have them truly “pop”, I usually recommend a single colored background.
This client wanted 3 cats on a 70x50cm canvas. Completely doable. I got one picture per cat, one was completely blurry. One of the photos only had a blurry image of one of the cat’s heads, so I e agreed that I would only paint the cat’s faces since that’s what she gave me. The pictures only showed the head and a tiny bit of the body. When I’ve asked if she could send me a couple of more pictures, she never answered. But since I’ve already got paid 25% upfront, I started.
One day before the deadline:
Me: Hi! I’m done and wanted to see if you’re happy with it or if I should change something?
Client: It’s so beautiful! It’s perfect! Thank you!
Me: Great! I’ll ship it tomorrow.
The next day:
Client: Could you please change the background? It’s a bit too boring.
Me: Alright. I could use some gold leaves?
Two Hours later, I’ve sent her a picture of the painting. The client loved it.
At 4 pm, I was just about to ship the painting and the client texted me again. She wanted a different background. In the end, the background ended up being abstract in greyscale and gold leaves. I worked until 11 pm and varnished the painting so I could ship it the next day.
Next day, 4:30 am.
Client: Could you please paint the bodies of the cats too?
In the end, she accepted the fact, that the change won’t be possible and I’ve shipped the painting.
I had to wait 5 weeks for the remaining payment…