Today's dialogue is about client(freelance client/officeboss/superiors/editors/etc) - us(designers/illustrators/mangaka,etc)relationship. This post is inspired by the newly debate..errr.. or should I say a dissatisfaction report turns into a big rage from our dear artistic community started by Bayou.
read his story first
So...The clients, who are they? What have they done to you that make you crazy? Why are you sticking to them, nonetheless all the pressure they put into you?
A love-hate relationship I must say.
OK, here's one of my weirdest/strangest conversation I have had with a client that sent me into sleepless nights of thinking and thinking and thinking..and as a 3rd party, you may judge does it worth to be crazy because of this client?
(in a meeting after a previous request of sample character design for children story books, cartoon style design of a rabbit was instructed in the request)
Me : Here it is...
Client : ........... not quite what we're looking for..we need ..ummm... This doesn't look like a rabbit at all! .......
Me : ......................
I got turned down for that project. And I was silent after his remark. I said nothing. I didn't do any defenses, because I thought what good it would be? I was wondering, if my rabbit (similar to my [link]) doesn't look like a real rabbit, then does Mickey look like a real mouse? What the heck is Goofy, then? I KNOW it doesn't look like a real rabbit, I MADE it that way intentionally!! You requested cartoon style, remember?
from my experience and Bayou's, what lessons have you learned? What's your opinion? Am I a big cry baby who refuses to introspect and train myself more, or have clients been evolving into some kind of lunatic drunk and I didn't realize it?
Share your thoughts and experience! I want to hear from international friends too! What happened there? Is it the same?
* thank you Bayou for giving me the courage to bring this topic up. I was afraid for some time. You are the Che of our world!! Viva la revolution!