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Post by Dagger on Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:35 am

aloha, as some of you may know I tend to enter the art scene of the game more than the game itself, and i was wondering if you guys would be so kind as to critique my entry before i enter it please yea Feel free to be bold, honest and even seemingly harsh yea

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Post by Silverstache on Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:47 pm

Very impressive. I think it could win as is, but I make some comments any way.

I'm not sure the parrot stands out on the background. Perhaps a dove (turtle doves), french hen, or a partridge to match the 12 days of Christmas song?

The deck and railing seem very dark to me. Maybe putting some kind of lighting element (almost like a spot light) in the area where pirates are to stand.

The rope seems like it should be further back against the farther railing. Unless it doesn't interfere where the pirates stand for their portrait. But I worry it would interfere with pets.
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Post by Dagger on Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:31 pm

Thanks water, your advice was very helpful...i never realized that there are two possible perspectives on my railing ^_^ (I saw it that the black part was a part of the railing and the deck only the red at the bottom...optical illusion i suppose lol. Suddenly there are a whole lot more space on my deck than i previously saw!!! ^_^ I have done some work on it (still need to figure out how to the parrot - definitely want a parrot tho as they are a part of the game)
Anyways here goes...not sure how t handle the merge between the railing/deck. Also can't really add a spotlight where the pirates stand or shadows as they will change based on teh pose (and its automatically added)
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Post by Dagger on Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:00 am

Ok let me know if this is better:
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Post by Gelflord on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:00 pm

That looks really good, Dagz! I like the change in colour on the parrot, now it stands out from the background a bit better yet still doesn't take over the shot.

The only thing that kinda irks my OCD is the orange railing squares. To me they look almost fake, y'know? Maybe they're too bright and stand out a bit too much from the railing? I have no idea what you can do to change it (if you want to change it at all - it's so minor I don't think it's really necessary), but that's my input.

Overall, it looks fantastic and I want it for my next portrait, dammit!

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Post by Dagger on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:43 pm

thanks, i'll be out of town today (shopping weeeee!) But will see what i can do when i get back...hopefully in time before the deadline yea (and if it won it would honor me if you had it as a portrait ^_^)
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Post by Dagger on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:37 pm

Ok been trying to work on the railing...and then suddenly *gasP* an idea on what could go on the deck (why is it whenever i think...ok now im done something else pops in my head >.<) Anyways, let me know if the railing is better...its proving quite the challenge.
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Post by Dagger on Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:14 am

It's done! (maybe?) Stil have a few days left if i need to make changes if you guys see any needed ^_^

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Post by Gelflord on Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:27 am

I like the new railing a lot more. It's simple, so it doesn't draw the eye away from the pirate. Another option would be maybe to make the squares into holes so you'd see the ocean on the other side, but I kinda like them dark like this.

The fireworks are an interesting idea! I really like the concept and how the powder bag fits in perfectly colour-wise to the deck, it doesn't seem out of place! Nice touch!

Again, I WANT THIS PORTRAIT DAMMIT.

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Post by Silverstache on Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:15 pm

Very nice changes. The railing looks great now. The gunpowder bag with fireworks is a nice touch.

The parrot coloring now shows up better against the night sky and it looks great.
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Post by Dagger on Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:20 am



Can't decide which flags to use and would love some feedback please ^_^:

More simpler vs. Some details:
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Post by Silverstache on Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:30 pm

I like the detailed one better
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Post by Elefarya Rosamunda on Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:02 pm

Big like this, the detailed flags look much better. Shrunk down to forum icon size, I can't see a difference. I'd still go with the detailed flags. yea
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Post by Howee on Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:07 pm

Awesome background, Dagger! I'll gladly pose as a model if ye need one. yea

I prefer the plain flags - the detailed ones don't "go", to me.

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