We run a small illustration company and were hired to work on a one-off children’s book. The project was a disaster from start to finish. After turning in the spec art for the parents that would appear in the book…
Client: This dad is too handsome. We need more of an everyman. More like Edward Norton. We like the mom though. Let’s keep her pretty.
Me: Okay. We can revise the father’s face and send you new specs this weekend.
We sent the revised work and received this reply:
Client: We think he’s not handsome enough.
Me: But you specifically asked us to make him less handsome.
Client: But how would he get a wife who’s so hot?
Me: Would you like us to go back to the original?
Client: He should match the attractiveness of the wife. Why don’t you just make him look like me?