This last weekend I received a call from a company called Sommer's Sports and they asked if I would be interested in designing a shirt for them for a triathlon that was coming up, the gotcha was they were in a tight schedule and needed ASAP.
Which is a high stress level job, because let's face it, art just takes a long time. I took the job anyway, because I figured they could be a client that would use me for future use, and if I did a good job, and literally save their skins, they would be willing to come to me again, and this would not only build clientele but also resume and portfolio booster.
So I send them ten sketches and ideas that very same day, and they liked them but they wanted something different, which puts more stress on me, because I have to come up with more ideas and less time to do the final product, but after some communication I had a better idea what they were looking for and I send them three more sketches and they LOVED one of them! SUCCESS!
Than it was rushing to get a finish product between being a mom, and making dinner, the apartment on the other hand just was a mess because it just wasn't happening. ( I can only do so much)
I send them the final an hour before the dead line, and they LOVED it, but they said they needed it in vector format! WHAT?????? I was sick in my stomach because to do that I would have to redo it all, I asked him if the format that I send them would work, they weren't sure since they have never used a PNG, but after asking around they found out it would still work. PHEW!!!!
Anyway, they were so pleased with my work they want to continue working with me, I have already done another shirt, and will be doing some concept work for them, (which something I want to do for some major animation company in the future, if it ever happens) so a great portfolio boost!
Anyway here is the design, it's not the quite how I wanted it, but for a tight schedule I'm proud of it, and over 700 people will be wearing it this Saturday!
Being an artist can be frustrating at times, I'm not going to lie, sometimes I was frustrated while I was working on this project but I also had a lot of fun, I'm lucking that my work is something I love, even though I usually wouldn't pick to draw runners, swimmers, or bicyclists it still was fun to just draw. So I'm hoping I can still continue with art, and I have been lucky because every month some how I have made money with my art, it hasn't been a lot, but it's a start, and if I continue to have clients hopefully it can be a better second income, but for now I'm just building up my skills and portfolio.