Working with a Slooooooooooooooow Artist....

This is the dialog between us from a bit before the date of Hire, May 20, 2017 until now.   I have an assistant who will add the images over the next week or so by the appropriate date.  After that, it will be updated daily.

 

May, 20

Peeky

Thank you very much for responding. This is the first opportunity I've had to look at your work. My real job has been killing me. I will check out your portfolio and be back in touch. My real job is still hectic, but I wanted to acknowledge my appreciation of your willingness to participate.

 

May, 21

Peeky

Greetings Flan

 

I like your work and willing to give you a try. I am interested in seeing what you can do on drafting one character and one scene. 

 

Please review some of the remaining characters and scenes that I provided in my proposal. If the other terms of my offer are acceptable, select one character and one scene. Tell me what you will charge for each.

 

Thank you. I will respond by Friday, at the latest,  if you email me before then.

 

Peeky

 

May, 23

Fland

Hi Peeky,

Thanks for contacting me back. I would choose the scene 'Chickens and Chess' and the character Queen Quillana/Black Witch of the West.

 

I would charge XXX USD for a finished scene illustration and XXX USD for a character concept art (including all revisions).  What do you think? Is that reasonable?

 

You can create milestone payments after the first draft (XXX USD), after the final drawing (XXX USD) and the coloration (XXX USD) which sums up to 100 USD. But that's just an idea, if you have another method that works for you I'm totally fine with discussing it.

 

Cheers, Levi

 

May 23

 

Peeky

That is fine if you can set that up. You have the picture of Dorothy and Toto in the proposal material I provided for you to bid on. Yes?

 

You may begin once you get the details set up in Guru. If there is something I need to do in Guru, when I should, please tell me so I do not slow us down. I look forward to working with you. Thank you.

 

 

Peeky

 

 

May, 23

Fland

Hi,

 

I changed my quote to a total of 130 USD with the milestones of XXX USD for the character of the witch and XXX USD for the scene of 'Chickens and Chess'. I set the deadline to 31th of May (it will depend on the revisions and such, we'll see).

 

Yes the Dorothy concept art was attached and Toto can be seen on two scene illustrations (the characer concept of Toto is not there but he is visible on the scenes).

 

So I think it's all set for this first trial project of us for the one scene and the one character. You should now just accept my bid/award me the project.

 

If everything will be going well we'll have to create another project for the next illustrations and characters to come but that's a later discussion. Also we'll have to discuss the printing in more detail.

 

For now let's try this first two illustrations, but I'm positive it'll work out.

Thanks again for the opportunity

 

May, 23

Peeky

I will be back in my office later on and I will execute the agreement. Thank you for handling this.

 

Expect delays, out of the office,  when responses are sent from my iPhone-

 

May, 24

Fland

I accepted the project (thanks) and I'm going to start working on the first draft tomorrow. Is there anything you'd like to add to the scene or the character that I definitively need to know?

 

Or any detail you'd certainly want me to incorporate into the illustrations? Any vision you have regarding them.

 

Or should I just create the sketch independently and you'll add your thoughts ideas afterwards?

 

May, 26

Peeky

What character are you choosing?  Did I include the description of that character as a word file in my job description? ( I have too much going on). As far as the fountain, I described that as best I could. Take it from there and give it the best of your imagination.  I do like crisp details and nothing resembling a cartoon.  There are a number of creatures to create on each level of the fountain - do your best and send me questions.

 

Peeky

 

 

May, 26

 

Fland

I chose the 'Chickens and Chess' scene and yes I have the description for the 'Black Witch of the West' character. I'll do my best. Thanks, Levi

 

May, 30

 

Fland

Hi Peeky,

 

I finished the first draft of Queen Quillana. What do you think?

 

Levi

 

May, 30

 

Peeky

Really good! Two suggestions. I can't believe I did not include this in the description! She is dark skinned - African. So that requires a change as does her shorts or pants or underwear. Shorts are OK, but maybe the rugged outdoorsie type with pockets and such. Something someone might wear when hiking...here is a link to something that would work.

 

Women's Hiking Shorts

 

Sorry I was not clear. This is very good. You may invoice me for this upon those changes.

 

 

Peeky

 

 

May, 30

 

Fland

Hi,

 

No worries, I made the changes. Hope you'll like it. If you have any suggestions for the Chickens and chess scene let me know.

 

 Levi

 

Jun, 3

 

Fland

Hi Peeky,

 

Here's the first draft for the 'chickens and chess' scene.

 

I wasn't sure what characters should appear on the illustration. In the description there is Dorothy, Toto, Jim, a woman (who's talking about the Oziian chickens), Scarecrow and a kid present.

 

I illustrated a dining scene where the conversation takes place among these characters. In the background there's a window opening to the garden with the chickens.

 

But the chickens also appear in the foreground which is a more abstract illusion like area where the dining table turns into a chess board and the chickens are the chess figures.

 

The wall in the kitchen also covered with black and white tiles (imitating a chess board).

 

What do you think? How should I change/improve the scene?

 

Cheers, Levi

 

Jun, 4

 

Peeky

 

Greetings Levi, this is quite interesting and good.  In fact, it helped me work out much of  the scene in my head.

 

I am attaching an image of Jim. If you recall my previous scenes I always add some of the text from the story pertinent to the scene.   I am thinking we need  a lion's share of the scene to be dedicated to the chickens.  We may only need one two or three characters looking out the window at the chicken's doing their thing.

 

The chickens should have expressions that make them seem intelligent even though the are actively engaged in an activity that makes them look stupid.  Such as intense focus, contemplative, One eye with a raised brow and a cocked head.  I have attached some images of chicken facials depicting expressions.

 

Consider this, Levi, for the layout of the scene

 

Picture a large tree stump between two chairs. A chess set  rests on the stump as if it were a table.  Some of the pieces are scattered, a couple have fallen to the ground. A chicken stands on one chair and scrutinizes one of the chess pieces.  Another chicken is standing on the chess board pecking at a pieces that it is holding between its feet or holding with one foot.  Maybe another chicken is chasing a chicken with a chess piece in his mouth.

 

The following seems like a lot of text, but I do not know how else to convey

 

Woman speaking “like a good chess player, a chicken thinks ahead. By the time they peck, they  know where next to step, look, and peck again. In fact, two of our chickens can think four to six moves ahead and that requires a bodacious amount of focus.

Jim: if you include him - his demeanor: Jim bobbed his head and plucked at his chin. A thoughtful demeanor settled upon his face as his brains kicked in. With steepled brows and a knowing nod, he battled the inner conflict caused by the woman’s assessment of Ozian chickens and Jim’s years of experience with Omaha chickens.

 

Text for Image:

Now that you put this focus thing before me,in looking back, my Omaha chickens was likely every bit as smart as some of my neighbors. Now I regret looking down at ‘em for eat’n bugs and such.”

 

You are welcome to review the Word file and comment or suggest. Also, did you get my email about Queen Quinella wearing hiking shorts instead of the current outfit. I sent a link in the email that had the color change...at least I hope I did.  No hurry and not urgent.

 

 

 

Peeky

 

 

 

 

Jun, 4

Fland

Hi,

 

Yes, I got your email regarding the changes of the character's short and skin color and I sent the new version on the next day I think (002.jpg). But I'm attaching again just in case. Or do you feel her shorts still need changing? Let me know.

 

I will start working on the scene based on your new description. If the chickens are in the focus then I'll put the 3 characters in the background. Are they watching the chickens from a simple rural house? Let me know if there's any important detail about the house or it's surroundings that I need to consider,

 

Thanks, Levi

 

Jun, 5

 

Peeky

No to the house or surroundings,  the expressions of the characters is important...as is the chickens.  Thank you and sorry about my confusion over the shorts.

 

Jun, 15

 

Fland

Hi Bob,

 

Here's the sketch for the chickens and chess scene. Tell me what you think.

 

Cheers, Levi

 

Jun, 18

 

Peeky

I love it. I like the expressions on the chickens. You did a great job with the characters. Jim looks better than ever, but Now we have to give it some brain power as to how to unclutter it to make room for some text.  Having said that - it is so much better than anything I could have  imagined.

 

What if we get rid of Dorothy, Toto, the woman in the middle, and the chair to the far left that the chicken is sitting on.

 

The front right chicken at the bottom - all of the big ones have great expressions. The first at the bottom left - the wooden thing beneath it is distracting because it can't be defined.  The claws of the center chicken are hugely disproportionate and add to the mystery of the wooden thing.  Perhaps if you bring the center  chicken  toward the center and back, giving the bottom two some breathing room - that would be good.  With the one chicken in the chair removed, you could make the two playing chess a bit larger and show some of the pieces misplaced and a bit askewed.  The text could go where the two women were....

 

I still love it. You are quite clever, Levi!

 

Peeky

 

 

Jun, 26

 

Peeky

did u quit on me?

 

Jun, 28

 

Fland

Hi Bob,

 

I didn't quit on you, I just didn't see your previous message until now in my mail. I will get to the changes in a few days.

 

However I would keep the chicken on the bottom left, since I think it's an important part of the illustration. The wooden thing and the huge fingers and claws will be less of a mystery once it's get colored.

 

Actually it's a chess pawn's head (the wooden thing) and the reflection of the chicken holding it (big claws). This is the chicken whoes point of view the image was taken from. As if the viewer/the reader would be one of the chickens her/himself as well.

 

I hope you'll reconsider deleting this part of the image. Of course I will do it if you insist.

 

The rest of the characters I will get rid of as you suggested and I will make the ones playing chess bigger.

 

Regards, Levi

 

Jun, 28

 

Peeky

Go ahead and leave that piece.  If I do not think it will work after the fact, maybe you can give me a break on a redo. You are the one with the vision and I do not want to miss out by being stubborn. Glad u r still on it!

 

Peeky

 

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