I have been emailing non-stop. I email the client, they email me back changes. I furiously sketch so that I can send these changes back to the client, and they email me back more changes!!

All in all, I think I had about 6 rounds of changes, with LOADS of character changes. But, I guess that's part of working with a client. It is kind of exciting (now, that i'm finished with all the changes and finally have approval for the final) getting changes from an ACTUAL REAL LIFE HUMAN, on a design that is actually going to be made in the real world.

The changes for the daughter character (final is on the right!)

The daughter character wasn't so bad. The changes were basically just removing the apron and adding pig tails, which are honestly adorable, so I don't even mind

The changes for the mother character (final on the right)

The mom had the most changes, and it was a lot of back and forth between skirt, and no skirt, pants, doek, body type and app that. But the final character works really well within the story and the client is happy, so that's grand!

Overall it's been an interesting experience working with a client on an illustration brief. And I am definitely really glad that I decided to illustrate this book digitally instead of traditionally, because it would have been an ABSOLUTE nightmare.

How to work with a client:

1. Make sure you can change your work!

One thing I can pretty much guarantee is that your client will make you change something (more likely lots of things), so make your life easier and work in a way that will allow you to change things pretty easily

2. Save everything (in roughly 10 000 different places)

Don't be like me. Don't only save things in one place and then freak out when you loose that file. Be smart. Back up your work

3. Patience is a virtue

Even though you might want to violently murder your client, don't. Be nice. It will help you out further down the line, even if manslaughter would feel better at the time

4. Ask someone with more experience than me for advice

I know nothing. Well, not nothing, just what I have learnt from this experience. I would suggest asking someone with a little bit more for some advice...

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