So I’m an artist that mostly draws people full references of their characters.
This one client sent me a barely visible sketch of a headshot drawn in crayons. That’s totally fine – not everyone is good at drawing or has fancy equipment – bu to get anything close to a character from what they sent me though I’d have to take a few artistic liberties. Because of this to make sure they were getting exactly what they wanted I decided to talk them through everything I was going to do.
Me: Since this is only a headshot I’m going to need you to tell me what body type, clothes, accessories etc you’d like me to include below the neck
Client: just do what feels natural it’s up to you
Me: All right, if you’re 100% sure I’d be happy to do that.
So from that, I took that I was free to draw it how I imagined. I showed the client the sketches and colours at every stage and got confirmation at each step.
Eventually, I presented the “final” version.
Client: Well, actually the blue you used is actually a little too dark
Me: I’ve already merged the linework with the colors. Changing it is a pretty big job.
Client: Yeah I know but now I think about it I’m not sure. Can you change it?
Me: But you confirmed that this was fine.
Client: Yeah, sorry, oops.