At first, I was nervous about doing a commissioned piece. I had these thoughts in the back of my mind as I started:
"What if she doesn't like the design?"
"What if I can't produce her vision for the design?"
Worse yet, "What if she changes her mind and decides 'Thanks, but no thanks'?"
However, as I went through the process, I found that it wasn't as difficult as I had imagined. Although I had fears of not living up to Jeanine's expectations, she willingly offered her input but made it clear that she was really relying on me to have ownership of the vision of the design. She put all her trust in my artsy hands.
After proposing a few sketches and receiving confirmation of the design, I was given free reign to make the design come to life.
In the end, I tried to draw the picture a little bit for Jeanine and a little bit for myself. I know that I still need practice in finding the right balance between artistic expression and creating pieces for someone else. But I think I will get there eventually and even have some fun along the way.
"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away."
- Raymond Hull