When working with a paid character portrait artist, how much "editing" is allowed?
I decided to hire a professional artist group (These guys)
and, after explaining what my character looked like and what I wanted done, was quoted $85; I sent $100, the extra as a 'tip' because I said I would probably need 'editing' done. (I have a very specific mental image of this character so I need to be able to say "No, his face is thinner than that" etc.)
They did a draft, I liked it but wanted the face more like an existing image. They did that, it looked great except for a little too thick in the chin, I asked for a slightly more pointed chin, they took a month and now have a near-final result and frankly I like the draft much better. Not quite back to square one, but it's not what I pictured.
I don't know if my request for a more pointy chin threw it off or what, but we've been at this since May and I'm worried I'm being too picky. I would like to ask either, "I'm sorry, go back to the way you had it and finalize from there" or "take the draft version face and stick it on the detailed body,"-- or just downloading GIMP and trying to do it myself rather than pester them any more.
Am I being too picky? Am I being annoying? Or, for the price I paid, do I 'deserve' to go back and forth with them until I am happy with the final result? I honestly don't know; I have tremendous respect for artists and don't want to be a dick about this, but if this sort of "no, thicker eyebrows... not that thick!" thing is all in a day's work, I want to get this right; it's important to me, I don't have a lot of money, and I'm not in a hurry.
Please don't attack me for not understanding artists or being cheap or something! I want both sides to be happy when this is done, I really do.
Anyone who wants to see the images before they give an answer can email/memail me.