I do freelance illustration and animation. This is a client I recently had, for your own sanity I’ve kept it short as I can.
Client: Hi, do you illustrate children’s books?
Me: Yes I do! If you’d kindly send a brief, sample paragraphs of what you’d like referenced, and sample art in terms of color or style I can get a quote to you by 5:00.
She then sent 34 images that shared no similarities and no further information.
Me: Okay, thanks for those but I need more information. Please refer to my last message.
In response, she sent about 30 Christmas themed GIFs.
Me: Hi again. Could you please send me a brief stating how many images you want, their size, sample paragraphs from your book and images you think best represent the style you want? If you get these to me soon, I can send you a quote at 8:00 am tomorrow.
Shortly after I received an email with butterfly photos.
Client: I like butterflies.
After that, a picture of a unicorn and more butterflies.
Client: I like the sparkles, but I don’t want this.
Then an email with a photo of a Shinto temple on top of a mountain.
Client: I like this too but not the Chinese building.
Client: Can you draw my characters into this tree with a rainbow?
Me: It’s after midnight. Can we pick this up tomorrow after I begin my working hours?
Client: (sending another photo)I like these sparkles.
Attached was a photo of a waterfall, no tree in sight. For the record she was a very sweet old lady who was willing to pay, just extremely difficult to extract information from.