NOTD Artwork Assignment - Nicolas Chaussois

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Ability, May 5, 2013.

  1. Ability
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    Ability NOTD Creator

    I'm happy to share that we'll be working with Nicolas Chaussois, a veteran StarCraft II artist, on some NOTD artwork (details in Artwork Project document).

    Omega (Saulo) has done a great job searching and reviewing artists with me the past 3 weeks.

    Nicolas will have 3 contact points:
    Omega (Saulo) - General matters
    Kithrixx (Max) - Design/game/unit matters
    ArcanePariah (Eric) - In-game/technical matters

    Our artists' Skype is nicopower5000 and he's based in France. You can find examples of his artwork here:
    http://imgur.com/a/7aF1k
    http://pageeasy.com/NICOLASCHAUSSOISDRAWINGS/
    https://www.facebook.com/NCesportsdesign

    We expect to have the artwork completed by end-June. This is a significant personal investment from me and I hope this will make NOTD a better franchise in the long-term. Please let me know if you have any questions. There will be a lot of work that will happen on this between now and end-June. If you want to volunteer to help in any way, reach out to Omega. Thanks.
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  2. Ability
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    Omega/Kith, the primary help Nicolas is going to need from you is the character portraits (3x for each class). You can better help him how to understand the class ultimates so his drawings best reflect what they are. Nicolas has played a little bit of NOTD but nowhere close what's needed to have an in-depth understanding of the game.

    The character portraits will be 1200x1200 and it can be a full body drawing. I can just do a smaller crop on face for in-game portraits. You can brainstorm with Nicolas on the best way to do this too.
  3. Omega Death
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    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    Ok, I'll talk to him on skype and see what he needs.
  4. RoboMonkey

    RoboMonkey Well-Known Member

    I'd be willing to help out on artwork if u need it... i'm willing to do it for free.
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  5. Ability
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    RoboMonkey, good to hear. Mirage has some forum related artwork that he could use your help out. He'll reach out to you. Would also be happy for you to continue with your NOTD character art series and the community loves it!
  6. Ability
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    For reference.

    Hi Nicolas,
    Artwork Input
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=644723122221364&set=a.285724114787935.88218.285705794789767&type=1&theater

    Good early work on the Flamethrower class. The quality and detail of artwork is great and no comments on that. The art style is spot-on what we're looking for. For a work in progress, it looks very professional. Inputs on the picture itself:
    1. The class portraits need to be more NOTD unique - otherwise it may come across as generic StarCraft 2 unit art. The classes can use UGC Military emblems/logos on their suits. UGC (United Global Coalition) is a militarized/future successor of the UN in NOTD's universe (more details here - http://notdstarcraft.com/pages/backstory/). Imagine the NOTD Universe as a cross between Star Trek and Starship Troopers where a strong unified global command rules most of Earth and inner space colonies (on Moon and Mars for now). You can also incorporate Apollo Colony as background for some classes.

    2. The class portraits should be scalable to allow me to cut a section to be an in-game portrait - To see what our in-game class portraits look like, see the right section of the image below:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151410006034792&set=pb.155730404791.-2207520000.1368186981.&type=3&theater

    3. Insightful artwork - To help you make more insightful art and give it more meaning, you can try to find some players on NOTD channel to walk you through the game or show you what each class does. This will help you create portraits that really tell a story about the class. Max is really good at this so I will listen to his ideas on it. This will be the difference between good and great artwork for NOTD.

    I hope this is helpful and gives you more clarity.

    Max/Saulo: Please feel free to add any other input. You can also CC me in any discussion with Nicolas if you need my feedback on anything.
  7. brizingr5

    brizingr5 Member

    @ #2:

    http://www.notdstarcraft.com/forumarchive/showthread.php?tid=674

    Also, make note of which classes we don't have portraits for (unless we're doing all classes, in which case make note of all classes >.>)
  8. Omega Death
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    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    Nicolas will make portraits for all the classes, to keep the look consistent.
  9. brizingr5

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    Sounds good. That's still a good reference for what we've had so he has somewhere to start.
  10. Omega Death
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    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    Just keeping uptaded the new artwork.
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  11. brizingr5

    brizingr5 Member

    holy sex-ops... o_O"
  12. MissHumpz
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    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    Woah that looks badass! I didn't know Psi-ops had short hair o;

    Also, if Nicolas Chaussois wants help recreating the NOTD logo, I would suggest using the "defused" font, may have to manipulate it a tad though.
  13. Ramses II
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    Ramses II Help, I can't change my title!

    A zombie grabbed her ponytail and the marksman stung the zombie, frying the end of her hair.
  14. Mirage
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    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    And thus is sex ops.
  15. Ramses II
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    Ramses II Help, I can't change my title!

    It also stole her fucking massive sniper rifle.
  16. Yuey
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    When you control lightning storms like Zeus or Thor, you don't need massive sniper rifles.
  17. Ability
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    Hear hear

    Overall I like it. Like Humpz said, badass.
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  18. RoboMonkey

    RoboMonkey Well-Known Member

    Wow... that's impressive... (hair and lighting makes the Psi-Ops look kinda Elvish, but that's just my opinion) Overall... it looks really freak'n awesome.

    *Robo's inner artist* - "OH GOD I'M SO SCRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDD"
  19. Omega Death
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    Omega Death Alpha Weltall

    Chemical Expert

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  20. Ability
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    Reference - Feedback for Psi Ops

    Hi Nicolas,

    Artwork Input (Psi Ops):
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151534839389792&set=a.10150914635824792.420656.155730404791&type=1&theater
    The artwork looks great! Can I suggest adjusting the facial features to show more intelligence? The current one looks a little doll-y (maybe the lips are too large). Psi Ops are highly trained special operators. They need to look switched-on and highly confident in their abilities.

    Same examples of female features:
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    Marissa Meyer - CEO of Yahoo

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    Soldier who has seen front line combat
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