Before you start typing on your keyboard, I know it's good practice to let a client know what you're doing by showing them WIP (Work In Progress) pictures of the artwork you're doing.
But sometimes this practice backfired on me and it nearly made me quit the commission once, because the continous small improvements from some self claimed art major aka client got very annoying. The ongoing requests for changes and follow up WIP pictures after you send them the first one, stack up so damn quick. Don't get me wrong, I really have no problem sending you WIP pictures, not at all. But please let me do my work, because I kinda know what I am doing.
From experience, my proposed suggestions that got turned down first, turned out great in the end when I did them against the customers will. Reactions often are
Oh wow. You were right. Sorry, that looks great!
So on one side, I understand that a client wants ongoing feedback so the project doesn't drift off in the wrong direction, I wouldn't want that either when I commission someone for good money. On the other hand, stop giving me your bs advices and don't tell me how to do my job, I am pretty sure I know how to do that myself thank you very much. /rant
And I am certain these come up because I show them WIP pictures, yeah well, WIP, doesn't mean finished. Why is that so hard to understand?
So to sum this up, what's a good rule of thumb of what to show your client and what not, and also - how much?