I took on a client who said that he needed a “Vintage” illustrative style for a t-shirt design company he wanted to launch. We discussed the concept being a boy being rescued by two firefighters in an homage to the Chicago Fire Dept.
Client: I want you do to a “vintage” illustration style for my t-shirt company.
Client: So, for this first design, I want a young boy being rescued by two firefighters, as an homage to the Chicago Fire Dept.
Me: (after doing a draft) Something like this?
Client: That’s great! But try to make the firefighters sexy, you know?
Client: And maybe they shouldn’t be wearing shirts.
Client: And one of them should be really old and hairy.
Client: And try to make it so that the child looks terrified and vulnerable.
For the record, judging by the reference photos he sent, “terrified and vulnerable” meant “practically naked.” I’m not proud of this, but I needed the money. I did the design, creating his pseudo-CP fetish shirt design.
Then he decided it “wasn’t viable” and refused to pay me. I’m equal parts mortified and broke, and I have tons of images on my hard drive that are questionable at best. UGH.
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