So, I’m currently working on a project for the Four Seasons. Awesome right? It sure started out that way. But, not so awesome right now.
Anyway, long story short, the agency that contacted me to do this project provided me with a “comp” to base my design off of. It’s not a big deal, but of course they already started some of the “design” portion of this project.
All that they wanted, was for me to put my own style and creativity into it… basing it off this initial concept, of course.
After I drew out 4 concept sketches (which were pretty rad I must say…I was crazy excited for them), made revisions from the client, etc. the client decided that the final piece would be identical to the “comp” that the agency provided me in the first place.
SO! I’m literally going to “trace” this comp they gave me on a chalkboard and get paid for it…WHAT THE HELL.
I’m sharing this with you all because I hope you’ll learn that in the end…It’s still up to the client. No matter what. They must love it because I think it’s the most boring thing I’ve ever seen…
Now, I’m not angry about getting paid of course. I think that’s awesome. I’m angry they’re paying me to be a “robot” of sorts and the project didn’t allow me to express my lettering style and creativity. I’m tracing existing sans serif typefaces…
and that is why we designers / illustrators / artists ABSOLUTELY NEED the creative “side projects” or “passion projects” to keep us sane. Thank god for passion projects.
Now go forth and be creative! If this shit happens to you, do the job, GET PAID, move on. Sometimes, it’s just a paycheck. And if you’re really lucky, sometimes, it’s a paycheck and the ability to flex those creative muscles.