Acrylic on Canvas 40in x 25in (101.6cm x 63.5cm)
Here's another piece done on commission. This time for a huge Bob Marley fan...duh, really? Anyway. This was the list of "must haves":
Him: Simple man, so simple. This is all I want. Bob, but in your robot style, he's smoking like in this picture (see pic A), um, gotta be dreaded up, holding a Jamaican flag up, playing soccer like this (see pic B)- gotta be wearing a hoodie like mine and also I need it to be all yellow, red and green...(nodding his head, YEAH like the FLAG) - so it looks good on my wall. But its gotta be CLASSY bruddah, I don't want it to look like any other shit out there.
(*if you are an illustrator/artist/designer you are probably VERY familiar with these kinds of conversations)
Me: You want him seated or playing soccer?
Him: Yo, just like this pic (see pic A again...only this time placed 2 inches from my face)
Me: Got it.
Him: But you know, YOU'RE the AR-TEEST. So you have control, I trust you man. Just don't make it suck or I won't pay you...haha. Just kidding bruddah. (-then he throws me this serious look as if he's not kidding)
Me: Phef...thought you was gonna gimme something hard to do. (confident lying tactic/pokerface)
I have been placed in this situation many times. The best thing to do in this instance is keep the client in the loop at key phases - preliminary sketch(line), composition (this is where you can take their input as to backgrounds and details) color blocking (underlying base tone color). Do all this and generally you don't get the dreaded "What? This is not at all what I was thinking you'd do." Generally, it still happens though.
Here's the problem. My man is NEVER around to discuss any of this and appears/disappears like a damn genie with ADD.
My solution: I chose the seated position as it would be easy to incorporate the flag into the body and hoodie. The palette was already decided for me, classy...that was relatively subjective so I was good there and as for the playing soccer whilst seated: I just ignored that logic puzzle.
In the end Bruddah was quite pleased and decided he would pay me, 3 months later:) This is the kinda shit Bob Ross never talks about.