Over the years i've been more of an advertising designer - my graphic design has consisted more of gradient backgrounds and logo elements blown up (as well as photography and copy etc). i also do a bit of acrylic on canvas painting when i can. i have never really used my illustration skills in my design until recently.
My first few have gone quite well and have been quite simple using illustrator. Generally i would provide 3 concepts - one more illustrative - and go from there. it is really refreshing.
My question is it is so time consuming to get right but you need to almost complete it to give the client an idea of what it might look like - how do you quote... and if it doesn't work or the client doesn't like it? You almost need to do it to show it.
or is it a case of this is my style from previous work do you want something similar?
After seeing all those great illustration on this site i'm just curious.
I think you hit it in the second last line. The trick will be finding the clients who want something truely bespoke.
Different medium, but when we got my wife's rings made, she designed it. The jeweller kept stressing that it might not be what we are picturing unless we get a CAD design done. But we wanted that interpretation element by the expert making it - because that's their thing not ours. CAD seems so sterile and we wanted that artistic element.
I think the same will be true of your future clients.