I’m an illustrator.
Client: this is a good start, but make it more realistic.
Me: OK, can do.
Two days later I sent a very detailed, realistic illustration.
Client: Can you make it more realistic?, I want it to pop out at you.
Me: Alright, I will work on that.
I sent a third, photo-realistic finished piece.
Client: No, I need more realism, but this is a good start.
Me: I cannot do more realism without it looking like a photograph, it will lose its illustrative quality.
Client: Yes! That’s what I want, really realistic looking.
I sent a fourth, hyper-realistic trompe l’oeil version that took two additional days
Client: What is this? is this a photo? This looks like a photo, if I wanted a photo I would just buy stock photos.
I sent the first version again.
Client: YES! YES! Thats it, you got it!!
Client: Now just make this one look realistic…
Fired. I got my initial payment but lost HOURS.