A client and I were discussing what kind of image they wanted to use to display the different color choices available for their product on a website they’ve been working on. The website has been in development off and on for almost a year, mostly due to the owner’s inability to make, and stick with, a decision.
There were a handful of options, and we had initially settled on using a photograph. Something recently happened to their website designer and so the client came back to me, wanting to work on assets for the site again - specifically focusing on this image and wanting to change it.
Client: I don’t know what video games are made of. Animation, right?
Me: (thrown for a slight loop, hoping the client isn’t going to ask for an animation of their product) Yes?
Client: Well, I want an image like a video game. Animation, but without the motion.
After a moment of baffled silence, I eventually gleaned that he was meant an illustration, and couldn’t decide between something more cartoony or photo-realistic and rendered. After explaining how long a rendered image would take (not to mention the cost), we decided on something cel-shaded.
I have a feeling I’ll be dealing with revisions, though.