These random drawings were collected and included in Giacomo Casanova's "Memorias de España", published in spanish by Ediciones Altera.
A Love Story
I did a job for this guy a year ago, he made me jump through hoops but somehow the job got done, nevertheless I vowed to not work with him again. One of his designers called me last month and asked me to do a fairly straightforward and simple illustration, a girl pointing to a chair, I would only draw the girl and leave her in her own layer so they can superimpose the chair and other elements such as type; I thought I was working with the designer on this and said I would do it, he said he would come by my house to explain the job in more detail, I agreed.
The doorbell rings and guess who's there? the old art director! I'm confused and surprised, could it be that I talked to this guy instead of the designer? Hmmm..Am I dreaming?
Well, I didn't want to be a dick so I agreed to do it as long as he didn't drive me batty like the last time, he seemed calm and assured me this would be a very simple illo, nothing like the last job, which had backgrounds and props, he offered me an additional job (besides the chair girl) but after he explained what he wanted done I declined, I sensed trouble.
He asked for 4-6 poses to choose from, I said I 'll do two, he replied "they don't have to be finished pieces just gestures", I agreed to 4. I told him I was going away to Orlando for the weekend, that I would sketch the poses and email them to him for approval and that I could work on the job after my return from Florida, he agreed but ignored what I said entirely because he emailed me on the same weekend regarding the sketch.
This is the actual, un-embellished and un-doctored email trail:
Note: I can't post the images, just know that this guy has seen all of my work, I have even given him one of my books as a present, he's well aware of my style of drawing.
On Feb 23, 2006, at 2:54 PM, Designers wrote:
I well received the drawing.
One with circle mark is the one I like.
Her pose is right.
Please have her
1) hand pose and face, leg and hair realistic and charming(Sexy?)
2) We may have to enlarge the girl, please excellent detail.
Megacon weekend break
On Mar 1, 2006, at 8:31 AM, "Alberto Ruiz" wrote:
I'm sorry but I don't see any circle marks anywhere, can you be more specific.
On Mar 1, 2006, at 2:04 PM, Designers wrote:
Please open attached.
First sketche from top left the girl with open arms is the one.
Please give me a call if you do not understand.
So and So
On Mar 3, 2006, at 6:11 PM, Alberto Ruiz wrote:
this is a screen shot, I have the file in a CD can you stop by and pick it up?
On Mar 3, 2006, at 7:38 PM, Designers wrote:
Every thing looks good but I need you to refine two
Please improve hands
And reduce her eyes more realistically.
So and So
Can I pick up on Monday?
On Mar 3, 2006, at 7:39 PM, Alberto Ruiz wrote:
10 days later
On Mar 14, 2006, at 9:26 AM, Designers wrote:
I am sorry to say but when we tried the girl on the chair
It did not work.
Our internal client resented the drawing.
Could you make the changes and improve
On 3/14/06 11:41 AM, "Alberto Ruiz" wrote:
This is what you approved, I am not making any more changes to the finished illustration until I receive my check for the full amount I invoiced plus an additional charge for the changes you want done, also, you have to specify what changes you want done, so I can invoice you accordingly because I am NOT going to work blindly so you can tell me that my work has been "resented", this is not my responsibility, you should have shown the proposed image to your client before you asked me to finish the illustration.
If you don't want me to finish the illustration just send me the payment for my work, which I invoiced already and we'll remain friends.
Thank you and best regards,
On Mar 14, 2006, at 3:06 PM, Designers wrote:
I did not approve your drawing yet.
Skirt, shoes, feet and hands/finger and eyes should be improved.
You do not seem to have any mind to satisfy your client’s need.
So and So
This is what you wrote after I sent you the finished illustration: "Every thing looks good but I need you to refine two
areas: Please improve hands And reduce her eyes more realistically.
Can I pick up on Monday?
I 'reduced' the eyes and refined the hands like you asked me to, to the best of my ability.
I have all the desire to satisfy the client's need but I won't do endless revisions for free, you pay me first for the finished illustration and then I'll do all the changes you want and I will bill you for every change you want, accordingly, I believe that's fair. I am not a slave and I don't work for free. You use the word "improve" very lightly, just what exactly do you want to see? a photograph?, let me remind you that I am a cartoonist, I am not a photographer, tell me exactly what you need so I don't have to guess and be wrong all the time. I'd love to satisfy you but I can't read your mind. If you don't want to use my work then pay me what you owe me so far and we'll part ways.
To be continued. . . . :)