I had been working with this client for some time now, trying to nail down designs for two different illustrations they'd hired me for. The first was stuck in permanent development hell because the client couldn't choose between two different versions, so I began work on the second illustration.
Client: This is the character you'll be designing. I don't know what I want, so it's dealer's choice. Just surprise me.
He provided me with several short stories, and a document explaining multiple different incarnations and appearances. After a while of struggling without any direction, I produced a sketch that I wasproud of and offered it to him.
Me: What do you think? It could really show his character during this point of the story well, and it's expressive.
Client: Actually, now that I've seen this, I've decided that I don't want that at all. Here are four sketches of different poses I want, and he now has an entirely different appearance than the ones I gave you as reference.
I have a feeling that this is going to be a very long process.