I have a new client who wants a watercolor of the roses in her garden. So my task is to use these photos to create a pleasing and artistic grouping. The resulting watercolor should not only satisfy the client's wishes, but be able to stand on it's own as an interesting piece to the casual observer.
When working within these parameters I've learned it's vital to ask as many questions as you can of the client. And this may sound elementary and somewhat obvious, but WRITE IT DOWN. You will not remember everything that is said. I've learned that one the hard way! The conversation not only includes size and spatial orientation of the objects, type and size of the piece itself, but background, shadow treatment, inclusion of other objects, etc.
You also need to be able to give a realistic completion date to the client during your discussion, as well as price.
I'll keep you posted as the work progresses.