I’m an illustrator and sometimes take commissions online for a little side money.
Client: I’d like you to draw my girlfriend in a cute pose for a birthday card for her.
Me: Sure thing. Could you please send me some photos of her?
He sent me a dark, grainy photo in extreme close-up he snapped on his phone, no flash, of his girlfriend sleeping in bed.
Me: Um… I can’t really tell what she looks like. Could you send me a better photo? Maybe not so dark and one of when she’s awake so I can see her features better? I also can’t tell her body type with an extreme close-up like this.
He then sent me almost the exact same photo but pulled back a little to show her entire body… under blankets. Very helpful.
Client: I can’t send you one of her awake cause then she’ll wonder why I’m taking a photo of her.
I do my best to draw a generic cute girl with some of the very basic features I can detect in the photo, e.g. long dark hair, round face… basically just that.
Client: This doesn’t look like my girlfriend at all!