Years ago, I was asked to create digital illustrations of a food pyramid for the Client’s nutrition book project. The Client wanted various types of food items displayed in sections on the pyramid. She reviewed some of my past work, and we agreed on the style and elements of the project.
She sent me some notes, and I happily got to work – using Illustrator vectors to create custom graphics in the realistic style we discussed.
At first, I thought that the project could be a bit painstaking, but little did I know how annoying it would become.
Me: Here’s the graphic design of the food pyramid with the food items we discussed. Please review and let me know your feedback, and if you would like any changes.
Client: Oh, thanks! Um, can you add more grapes to the grape illustration? Also, can you make the cauliflower look a bit more realistic?
Me: Ok… I’ll work on that and send you the revised draft shortly.
I sent her back the revised design.
Client: Hm… it would look better if the bread were in slices. Please make those changes. Also, could you add a milk carton instead of a glass of milk?
Me: Sure, let me work on that. I don’t want to make too many more changes, because this is adding more time to the project and I want to stay within your budget.
I sent her back the design.
Client: Let’s add some slices of Swiss cheese instead of a block of cheese, with lots of holes. Also, can you make the salmon look more realistic? I can’t quite describe it, but I think it needs more detail. Let’s put the carrots and potatoes on a plate, too. I also forgot to ask to have an illustration of a whole watermelon in addition to the slice of watermelon.
This project was like pulling my eyelashes out.