Some lessons you have to learn the hard way. At least I do, it seems. My last post featured these cream and pale sea foam hot air balloons with a shot of deep burgundy. Nice enough. So what's the problem? Wellllll... They were supposed to complement the invitation below:
Insert needle scratch. What the what the? Why are the colors and details so... off? Turns out the reason for the disconnect is because I was using the file sent by my client instead of a hard copy. So what was reading as burgundy on my computer monitor was actually a soft pink. That dark band at the top of the basket was in reality sweet rose detailing. My angular cross-hatch netting should have been round and lacy.
Unfortunately for me, I didn't know all of this when I sent off a proof to my client, who had to break it to me that these were, basically, ALL WRONG. I felt terrible! But luckily my first draft hadn't taken too long to complete and my client still had faith in me. I asked her to send me the actual invitation and got back to the drawing board to attempt to get it right. Here are the new balloons based on the actual invite.
A wee bit closer, no? Let's compare:
The moral of the story is: Get the hard copy!