When do you call it quits?
I am working on a portrait for somebody of her dog and I just can't seem to get it right. I have submitted 3 different rough sketches for her and she is not satisfied with any of them. Initially, I was annoyed and thought she was being too picky, but when I stood back and looked at the sketch, I could see the points she was making. Now I am just frustrated with "myself". Granted, she did provide a rather bad photograph of her dog to draw from, but that still shouldn't be hindering my ability to at least get in a decent rough sketch. She has already paid me half up front and I am going crazy trying to capture her little dog. Whenever I e-mail an updated sketch and she replies, my heart starts pounding and I close my eyes for a minute praying she approves before I begin reading.
I've had picky clients before, but always managed to make them happy (well, not really. I did have one person tell me I made her horse look like a ******ed mule, and just didn't bother to redo the drawing for her as it was for a fundraiser and she hadn't paid me yet anyway...lol). I am really beating myself up over this drawing because it's something "I" am lacking. Every critique the owner says is valid and I am more bothered by that than if it was just a snotty client with too many demands.
Ok, so I've rambled on way too long here. Has anyone ever had a situation where they just couldn't keep the customer happy no matter what they tried? Have you ever just said to the client "Look, I don't think I can help you. Here's your money back." I don't want to go that route, but this drawing is really wearing me out and making me question myself as a reputable artist. The more I work on the drawing, the more I resent it and I am sure it's not helping me do this darling dog justice. At what point do you just call it quits and move on to the next portrait?