I’d been working on a few illustrations for a client for a clothing line of graphic tees. The theme of the line was iconic cities of our state. We began discussing an idea for a notorious tourist-trap beach town, and I submitted a concept to him.
Me: Here’s my idea for the beach shirt.
Client: I’m not really a fan… I think I want this one to be nautically themed. Like old illustrations and symbols of fishing and sailing.
Me: Okay… this city isn’t really known for that, but I’ll do my best.
I submit a new design to him per his specifications.
Client: I don’t like this at all. It doesn’t reflect the city very well.