The Clown who ordered Coloring Pages a little while ago hired me to Color them on the Computer. She wanted to offer them as invitations that her clients could use.. It was 4 pages, and I enjoyed doing it. Because I had my visions as I created the original pictures.
We were both very pleased with this one (Her rabbit's name is Honey Bunny):
But she asked me to change the colors on the other three. She told me exactly what colors she wanted, and I made the revisions. But I didn't tell her what I was really thinking - because I could be wrong. Maybe I'm arrogant or something, but I really thought that my choices were Much better (except maybe the 2nd one - the one with the balloons - I like the red mouth she chose).
I figure that I've studied this for many years, that I came up with Colors that work. I figure that I already spent my time trying different things to come up with just the right color. But if this client thinks that 'home-colors' are better (Her hair had to always be yellow. Her skin color had to always be peach...), maybe other people feel that way too?
The first picture in each pair below shows the colors that I chose. The 2nd picture in each pair below shows the changes that my client wanted:
In the last pair, in particular, I thought I was giving my client something special. I thought it might encourage some clients to hire her at night (Most of her work had been with children in the daytime). But she could only see that her hair shouldn't be blue. And I think she thought that black might not be a 'happy-child' color.
Am I right? Am I wrong? I guess it's just a matter of taste. I think that, although people should respect the Artist to create the Artwork, And they should respect the Plumber to do the Plumbing, And they should respect the Doctor to do his job too, that when it comes down to the bottom line, they bear the results of the Professional's work. So they should take what they need and leave the rest. I think I was guiding my client in the right direction, but I respect that she's the one who's ultimately in charge of her own career.
So I'm glad I was able to make the changes that pleased my customer. Even though I cringed when I saw what her choices looked like. I'm glad that I have a sense of self, but I'm also glad that I'm not so attached to my current beliefs that feel the need to be trying to run the world with them. One thing I know for sure is that I'm still growing/changing, and there's no telling what I'll like in the future.
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