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Tips on Handling Revisions Video by ClintCearley Tips on Handling Revisions Video by ClintCearley
Watch this video here on Vimeo.

In this 15 minute video professional illustrator Clint Cearley speaks on the submitted topic of how to handle the revisions and avoid a "revision nightmare". Points covered include a revision clause, notifying client of post contractual work, dropping a project and more.
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edsfox Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you a lot for this tips..
I had to share your video on my facebook page :)
And also give a like to your page! :D
hungerartist Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Great post Clint!

I couldn't help but think of this guys post on "purple dogs" which is another interesting way to deal with revisions [link]
Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely need to watch this :)
FuakHUE Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
You look like chester bennington in this vid caption!, thanks for the vids tutorial man~
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
15 minutes of pure gold. Thank you for this. There's one particular kind of client that drives me absolutely nuts. He'll ask you to do one small revision (say change dress length) then says, "let's make it shorter". You do. He comes back and goes, "I liked it better longer, change it back". You do, it's no big deal. A couple of days later he comes back and goes, "on the other hand, shorter is better, change it back."
:iconfuuuplz: Some of these folks keep going back and forth like... forever. What would you suggest for this situation?
ClintCearley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Several points. Some people are over-thinkers and easily second-guess themselves so I would tell them which choice is best from an artistic standpoint and briefly describe why. "Educating" a client in an informative manner has resolved issues many times for me as some clients just need a sensible reason to go one way or another so their brain can relax knowing it made a good choice. Also tell them that any more changes will be charged above the original quote or at an "overtime" rate. Give them the heads up before applying the charge so they have the chance to avoid it.
Even if you are getting paid for the changes it may be wrecking havoc on your scheduling with other clients in which case you should be open about the issue. Tell them that the project has taken longer than originally estimated and that it is causing scheduling problems with other client's deadlines. You must unfortunately set a cutoff date at which you will no longer be able to work on the project due to logistics. Apologize for not finishing as quickly as you first stated and for the inconvenience offer them a % discount if the project can be wrapped up by the cutoff date.
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips. That's exactly what I do, but every once in a while I get a client who doesn't want to be educated. If I get a whiff of their ilk I don't even take on the project, but sometimes they slip through the cracks.

Anyway, thanks again. Great advice.
Mottenfest Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good to hear from an artist that knows his stuff~!
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This was really helpful. I really appreciate the information that you're sharing with these videos and your eBook.

Regarding the subject of revisions, you mentioned that you normally give the client the possibility to ask for three minor and one major one. However, it's not the same to ask for a radical change at the sketch phase than once the image's been taken to final. So when you talk about revisions, do you take into account the ones the client requests at the sketch phase as well?
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