I work as a illustrator and I’ve had fairly picky clients before but nothing on this level.
The client asked for vector illustrations of microscopic cells for a book
I presented him with
okay, but can you make it more realistic?
I redrew the vector
with more detail.
More detail yet.
Client: Hmm… but
I need it more realistic?
At this point I paid
for a stock photo and traced over it, keeping it 90% the same but making sure
it still looks like it’s been drawn.
Client: hmm. I
want you to have creative freedom, but this is still not realistic though. What
are you referencing? Are you using the photo? The other artist did this
illustration that is almost exactly what I want, I just want it more realistic.
He then sends me the
previous artist’s (gorgeous, in my opinion) illustration, which looked nothing
like the reference material he’d already given me. I scheduled a Skype meeting
to get on track.
During that meeting, I
placed the illustration I’d done right beside the photo I’d used for reference
to get a specific sense of what he meant by “more realistic.”
Client: Oh. Huh.
I guess your drawing actually IS realistic! Wow, they actually look almost the
same! I never actually zoomed in, or compared the two pictures. Well, you
obviously know what you’re doing, just keep going and go crazy. Just keep it
Eventually I found out
that he’d worked with THREE other artists before me, all who fired him for his