revisions, revisions, revisions. the schedule killer. many a weekends have been crushed by these demands.
exhibit A (top image): my current picture book. i submit a month's work of 26 sketches and 98% are in need of changes.
revisions are normal. in fact, they are expected. and much as I hate re-doing them, well-done art direction usually improves the book. when i look back at some of my initial sketches from previous projects, i shudder to think how unacceptable (to me) the final product would have looked without the requested changes.
exhibit B (bottom image): my sketch of a baseball pitcher in windup. loved that sketch! love the perspective. i loved how everything was bendy and fun.
i did not love the comment for the first sketch -- "make more dynamic and interesting". turns out the art director was right. the second sketch was a marked improvement.
but they sure mess up my free time.
ps: that 2nd sketch hasn't been approved yet...
UPDATE 9/2010: Here is the final art from the above sketches (w/ margins & in full bleed):
* Baseball from A to Z is now available in stores & online.