Concept Art Guidelines

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Concept Art Guidelines

Postby Revenant » 14 Mar 2012, 20:35

Welcome to concept art forum!
Here you can post your concept art for everyone to view but please do follow a few of our basic guidelines:

1. Please stay on topic to ensure that your art has the most impact possible. One of the biggest challenges we have with this Mod is defining distinctive imperial styles that, whilst showing influences from all over the empire, still stand out as Imperial as opposed to being a mash-up of all the other provinces combined. The 'Off-Topic Concept Art' sticky thread is available for any artwork intended for the other provinces.

2. Please keep the forum clean. Artists are allowed one thread where they can post their own work. The thematic art threads, like the FCG’s, should contain only art related to the theme.
Members are allowed to post questions if they have them. However, if it’s a question that you think can be answered by the Head of Concept Art, please feel free contact him via PM with it instead of posting it in this forum.

3. Unwelcome behaviour:
When posting try to refrain from statements like "i suck", it gets repetitive and could possibly offend artists of lesser experience. Insulting other artists work is completely uncalled for and will not be tolerated. You may totally disagree with a piece but remember to show tact in your expression of it. The individual posting the piece may very well have spent many hours working on it and more than likely will not take kindly to you shooting it down with one bluntly put sentence. Try to keep this in mind when offering critique or suggestions.

4. Unwelcome artwork:
Do not use copyrighted artwork as your own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. Do not post artwork involving sexual content or unnecessary nudity, use your own commonsense on this one.

5. Atmospheric and Orthographic Concept Art.
Concept art will generally fit into one of these two different, though equally important, categories.

Atmospheric art can be described as artwork which "evokes a feeling". Usually depicting environments, wilderness, landscapes, cityscapes and both interiors and exteriors but it is by no means limited to just these. Its essential purpose is to serve as inspiration to other artists and modders rather than nailing down an exact look.
Some examples of atmospheric art:


Orthographic art employs two dimensional views of the subject, and serves as a blueprint from which models/textures can be made.
The main motivation in presenting your concept orthographically is the assumption that it will be meshed into a 3D model. Therefore is it key that the artist portray the subject from multiple perspectives, including 2D planar views, such as the Side, Front, and Top. This makes modeling the object much easier, as it provides the modeller with exact profiles and guidelines to follow whilst modelling the object.
Some examples of orthographic art:


4. Make sure your drawing is clean. If using traditional means take a few extra minutes to remove any unwanted pencil marks or finger smudges. If you have fine tip felt pen, ink your work. If not, an eraser will do fine. The extra effort spent will make the piece easier to read and avoid possible confusion further down the line.

5. Upload your image to a free image hosting website and post the link here. Imageshack is reliable and easy to use.

To save bandwidth, please do not put the images directly on this site; link or thumbnail the image instead.

Thanks for reading, happy creating!

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