Recently, a favorite art director of mine, John Eastman, and I were working together against a tight deadline. John requested an illustration and I provided the one below. In the back of my mind I thought it was a little cartoony for the subject matter but I liked it over all.
John also liked it but asked me to push it a little further. He wanted to see more depth in the composition. He was right. The second illustration was the result and we both liked it much better.
You don't hear artists raving about art directors very often, but honest and quality relationships make a world of difference in this business. Treasure it when you find them.