Originally Posted by Equusketch
I just wanted to add that this has been a real blow to my confidence. I know I can't please everybody, but it makes me not want to do commissioned work anymore. Well, for a while at least. I have a few more fundraiser pieces to do and a couple commission orders (thankfully from people who have bought my art already, so I know they already like my work), but I might just take a break and play around with some of those new mediums I've been trying out.
OI! No losing confindence over one little commission, it's not the end of the world ;)
You are a lovely artist and by the looks of how you've been going, you are getting a lot of commissions. Don't allow one difficult client knock your confidence. Particularly a client that is extremely difficult.
I've had similar experiences, clients wanting changes that don't look anything like the reference, but they don't have a photo to show what they want. You're supposed to know exactly what kind of personality that animal has, from one photo, and if the subject looks excitable in the photo, but is actually a very 'regal' animal, you get told to make it look 'regal' out of an excitable photograph. Explaining that is making my head hurt!
Anyway, don't pack it in, you have some lovely work and all of your other clients have been happy. Focus on the good reviews :)