Hi guys, I just graduated from high school this year. For the past two years, I've took college level course in Graphic Art and 3D Animation. In the past 6 months, I've started to work more intensely on my traditional skills, and started to fall in love with painting (even though I'm still pretty novice at it). This has pushed it's way into my graphic art (especially since I started digital painting). Problem is, many of my friends who I do work for dislike the "artsy" look I add to things and prefer I go back to my more technical route. I've been getting upset because, I've faced this issue before working with clients. They want something to look a certain way, and I feel that I am unable to add to it for fear of not making the client happy.
Now, I'm not here to discuss my personal problem, I wanted to get input from other graphic artists. If you don't mind, if you could answer a few questions, and maybe we can discuss somethings.
1. How do you add creativity or personal flair to the work you do for clients
2. Do you feel as if you are unable to add creativity? Is this something that comes with age and experience? (i.e. Overtime, you learn how to add your own touch).
3. How do you deal with overbearing clients? (I've had people come to me and give me a list of what they want done down to each pixel placement).
It would be nice to get some input, I'm really interested to hear from people with more experience than I have. Thanks in advance.