You need to get used to rejection.

You need to get used to rejection.

It’s a phrase that every creative person has to get used to but so be it. My drawing of the school rugby player was not that well liked by the head of the school it was for. He wanted a younger looking player.Well he looks young enough to me and I’m blowed if I’m going to try and make him look cute,that’s just a bit creepy. So what to do?
First reaction was ‘He had a rough and he approved that, so he can whistle!’
Second reaction is the professional sales approach of ‘he can have whatever he wants, and blow my own thoughts’ it’s only a tiny little job!
Third is…I’m going to hang on to my self respect and go back for option one.He can whistle!
So decision made and let’s wait for the ‘fallout’ if any.
I’m not going to change it at all, he has it as it is or I politely decline to continue.

I well remember a high point of my so-called career when I did a film poster, very well paid and lots of kudos, but the egos of all those involved meant making changes left right and centre and the end result was nothing like my ‘creative vision’. I had to do it then and I don’t know ( then again this is not a film poster and does not involve large amounts of money ) so there it is.
Creative control is mine and although no money is likely to change hands for my work, I feel a little taller today.
I just hope he can take the rejection.

2 comments

  1. I think it’s the nose! Your rugby player looks like he enjoys quite a few pints in the bar after the match and looks more like the rugby players I know! The problem with creative work like art or writing is that everyone feels entitled to an opinion and that must be so annoying having people tell you all the time how they think that it could be improved (and of course they haven’t got the talent to improve on it themselves). Of course that’s why they need you, you have the talent and they are relying on you to interpret their ideas. If you are a mechanic or something, then the car is either fixed or it isn’t. No one can say ‘well I didn’t quite like the way you replaced the spark plugs, I was thinking that pink ones would have been better’.

    • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there.The thing about this is that he saw the first drawing and approved that, so one is a little put out that he did not approve the final.I may relent and redraw the nose…but that’s all!

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