“Finding the right client with the right project is a time-consuming job for freelance illustrators. Before submitting a bid, I always study the client's background and work history; however in this case, this was a new client to elance.com and I had to make a leap of faith.
G-wiz kept me busy for 2 months, with various Q&As before I made a final offer: bundle price of $1360 for 341 illustrations. Client warded me the project.
G-wiz: "Dear Robert, I am sending you a list of the required vocabulary (341 ), ... we hope to get a good discount... How long will it take to finish the 300 illustrations?..."
As it's often the case in such projects, the list consisted of words, but many consisted of abstract notion such as 'evening' without any detailed spec for the artwork. With such a list I went to work, sending client batches of 10 illustrations to make sure client approved the work as we went along. Client approved the work and asked me tocontinue.
I created the first 100 images in 5 days, suitable for kids between 6 and 12 years old, varying the style to keep up viewer interest. This is the way I've always done it, and in the past revisions were hardly ever required.
G-wiz: "Thanks for your speedy work, it has been really hard for me to keep up with your work, the pace is too fast... we like most of the illustrations but we have some comments and requests... "
Then client sent me a list of revisions, most of them requiring me to draw new artwork based on new (now detailed) client's specs.
I agreed to the revisions, but informed client that, in the future, if very specific images were required I needed a list with detailed art specification before I do the art to avoid extensive re-draws. At this time I was still willing to cooperate.
G-wiz: "...we decided to finish this project at this point."
Seems my last request, though quite reasonable, was too much work for this client who marked the job completed, ending up getting first rate artwork at 30% my usual fee.
Sometime, when workload is light I agree to work cheap, but this time I just ended up working for a cheap client!”