Thursday, August 27, 2009

Duh,


Have you ever had one of those days as an illustrator or, one who creates, when you just can't seem to do anything right??? Maybe your wrote down the message wrong or you didn't get all that the client said before you hung up the phone? Oh well, anyway, I had the kind of day. I think my brain fell out of my head and somehow ended up on the bottom of my shoe. Okay, the client asked me to do character studies, but some how I totally missed what style they wanted it in. They wanted my tradition collage style seen here.
Anyway, now that we are all on the same piece of paper I can start doing what they have requested of me. Lesson learned: Get all the information you can before you start a job. Listen very intently and purposefully as well. Write every single thing down. Ask questions. If they have samples of your work as them to refer to the style the would like you have you do the work in. Of course their time is important, but so is YOURS. Get as much as you can so that you can follow through without problems. I have bared my soul today and I'm just going to laugh this one off. So don't laugh at me laugh with me. Oops hee he he hee!
Have a good one Yall

32 comments:

Paola said...

Ok, I'm laughing with you then ^.^
It would be great if we could learn lessons without making mistakes, hehe!
I'm delighted with your excellent work, and thankful for your kind comment :)

Carla said...

Yes, the same grace that we should extend to others is the same grace that we should give to ourselves. It's all good.

Carla said...

...and you've out-done yourself AGAIN! She is unique.

Charmaine D'Silva said...

V...does that mean that these character studies are a no go? Thats too bad...she's soooo incredibly cute! I love her expressions.

By the way, how are you lady? We have to chat sometime soon when we are both not so crazy...LOVE Ya!

xoxo Charm

Shell said...

I'm the queen of not following what people say. I have to read directions two or three times. This is a good reminder. I do love both illustrations. I would be happy with both of them.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh no, I am completely with you. If someone told me to do a character study, I would have done what you did. Your collages are finished artwork, not quick character studies! And these studies ROCK, by the way. Aaah, Super-V, just growing pains, darlin'.

BA-HAHAHAHAHA! I WISH I had beauty tips. And Yul Brynner was HOT! You made me laugh so hard this morning, I almost fell out of bed. I had to stifle the haha's in my pillow. Curly, Pony, & Afro? Wasn't that the name of the hairy 3 Stooges?

ps. Oooooooh! I'm so excited!!!!

Ces said...

Holy guacamole! I need some of those hair. Mine is completely limp. I need hair viagra! I need hair viagra! I am trying to grow my hair long and it is in transition. My head is lopsided. I look like I slept pn my left side for weeks!

What channel was Bella watching? My Three Stooges were named Nuyk, Ack and Argh!

Have a good day Ms. V. Sneding my mailing address to you.

Ces said...

Aaah! Where did you bury your email address? I have searched my last 6 posts and I could not find it. Will you please give it to me again? I am posting mine on my profile.

Nathanael Lark said...

Oh boy I know this feeling well! You offer excellent tips on listening and information collecting. One thing that helps me tremendously is to write down the exact and precise words that a client uses to describe what they're looking for. I then post those words on my drawing board as I'm working. It helps eliminate errors that can arise from personal feelings or misinterpretation. For example if a client says "sweet", I personally think of "innocent" but that might be wrong. So I write down "sweet" and do my problem solving from there. I use their exact language to guide me and it has saved me many times!

nessadee said...

Great advice! My daughter always tells me my brain batteries are low when I'm having days like this. The character studies are cute regardless!

Debbie Egizio said...

Your character studies are wonderful. And yes I have done the same thing, working in a direction that I thought was north, only to find out I was going west all along. You're adorable!!

David DeGrand said...

I think we all have days like that, but you ended up creating an awesome illustration regardless, good job!

Eric Barclay said...

I'm laughing with you. It's also amazing how one mis-translated word can reeeaaalllly change a layout.

Ces said...

See, I can't do what your do. You are very disciplined. I just draw like a banshee. If someone asked me to draw something in a specific manner I will tell her/him, draw it yourself. No one will ever pay me for the drawing for a commission because I am so defiant. and stubborn. I will starve if I were a professional artist...on second thought, that may not be a bad idea. I need to lose weight!!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You people are a hoot. I just love my family! I'm crying over here with gut busting laughter. You guys are the best!!!! Thanks
V

DEB said...

Lesson learned, and you created some amazing art along the way - the world is a more beautiful place because of you Vanessa!

Desiree Cassidy said...

It happens to the best of us! I do love how the final turned out though :)

Chris Kennett said...

Trouble is most people don't really know what they want, they only know what they DON'T want. Which can get very frustrating. Still, no sketch is ever a waste of time I think. Especially when they're this good!

Giovanna said...

I always love your illustrations! They're so beautiful and inspiring! You have an adorable blog!
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment! It means a lot to me :)
xoxo
Giovanna
Boho Market

Kay Aker said...

Vanessa, you're a marvel and a true blessing! The studies have oodles of personality!

Roberta Baird said...

well laughter is the best medicine... Just tuck that sweet little girl for another project. I'm sure she'll be seen again!!

Julia Denos said...

Hi Vanessa,

I moseyed over to Just One More Book and found your beautiful "Let Freedom Sing" and was inspired to get to work on my own stuff! Your work is so fresh and fun. Your blog is a great find. Take care,

Julia Denos

Liliana Lucki said...

Good work!!!

Super sweet.

Hermosos trabajos,me encantan.

From Argentina saluda Liliana.

Francisco Martins said...

Oh Vanessa, I LOVEEEEE this second illustration - it's so gorgeousssss! Can't stop staring!!!!! wow wow!!

Oh yeah...I've had days like that, believe me! lol

Have a nice weekend!

Francisco

linda cardina said...

she is my all time fav!!!

Abz said...

I like this! :) fresh colours...

Ale said...

I like this collage!!! it´s very, very beautifull. You´re so very inspirated.

Many hugs from Guatemala!

Ale

Janine said...

This collage style is very sweet, but your very own and special atyle is better

Cheryl Lynn said...

Don't worry, you're entitled to the occasional slip. I certainly understand those moments when you're not sure what you heard, or if you understand what you did hear.

Oh well, this too shall pass.

Love you, brilliant one.

Emma Meijer said...

I love your picture of the queen. Love Emma Meijer

melissa said...

What great, open heated and honest advice. I will take wisdom anywhere I can get it. Your art is so lovely. Thank you for sharing!

Flor Larios Art said...

I love your collage...she is so sweet!