Yesterday, our biggest client (a well-known US publishing house which will remain nameless to protect the ignorant) threw a spanner in the works of one of the illustrated children’s reference books I’m currently working on, ‘Sharks’.
They’ve decided, at what can only be tritely described as the eleven-and-a-halfth hour, to completely change one whole spread. Replacing an editorially useful ‘What is a Shark?” spread into a fourth spread focusing on shark teeth and jaws. (They love the ‘Killer Death Jaws’ angle and had to be cajoled into having even one spread on the current worldwide decimation of shark species as fish stocks plummet and shark finning and by-catch increases…)
Anyway, to return to my original point, I was sitting in the meeting fuming with frustrated rage at being mucked about like this when it occurred to me that someone would have to go down to the Sydney Aquarium to take photos of their tiger shark specimens for the artist to use as reference for the new spread illustration… 🙂
So, today I have my camera and I CANNOT WAIT until 3pm when I can take the ferry over to the Aquarium and meet the Curator for a backstage tour!