When someone commissions an illustration for themselves or as a gift for someone, this is always a personal matter. It presents a great challenge for me because I have to demonstrate empathy with the client or even the receiver of the gift. And not only that, I must also be able to predict the wishes they might have. That is why I love inviting them over to my place to discuss the details over a cup of coffee. This also gives me an insight into the subliminal messages. It does not however stop me from asking myself "Is it going to be OK?" before handing over the final version to the client. But then, as positive reactions happen in the form of dilated pupils and big smiles, you start to like the illustrations yourself 😀