I’m an entry-level writer in game development working with my first studio on a mobile project.
Client: I’m putting in an order for some concept art, so I’d like you to write up some descriptions of the character I need.
Me: Okay, sure thing. Where are the specifications, on our online server?
Client: They’re in your head! Let’s just see what you come up with.
I’m not a character designer, but I’m here to learn, so I figure I’ll stretch myself a little and see what I can come up with.
Me: Here’s a detailed description of the specific visual elements I’m thinking of and why I think that will work for our target audience. Let me know if I’ve missed anything.
The client said “thanks!” and then I didn’t hear anything back for a few days. Finally, they made their decision.
Client: So we really love your thoughts, and we’ll definitely use them in the game later, but for right now we decided to go with [exactly the same thing I described, but attributed to someone else].