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Hey everypeoples check out the Vista Games Explorer icon I just made.
« on: July 20, 2012, 05:56:11 am »



I think it looks pretty good as the icon for UQM in the Games Explorer, though I'm not sure I'm happy with the position the flagship is in.
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Re: Hey everypeoples check out the High-Res cover I just made.
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 09:49:10 am »

The position is fine, but perhaps change the angle?  So it's more lined up with the Earthling Cruiser next to it?
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Re: Hey everypeoples check out the High-Res cover I just made.
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2012, 03:11:36 pm »

How is this hi-res ?
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Re: Hey everypeoples check out the High-Res cover I just made.
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012, 06:29:56 pm »

Hmm, yeah I'm not sure why I wrote high-res cover instead of Games Explorer icon. :?

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And now part two of what is becoming an actual factual project on my end to create a Games Explorer icon I'm happy with for UQM.



This is giving me serious flashbacks to the parody Cinemaware game in the bargain bin at Software Excess in SQ4 that I think is due in part to my half-assed title job. So right off the bat that's a couple things I know I need to work on (I'm aiming for a more Tor/Baen look so I think I need to be doing more to emphasize the retro/cartoon look the game has).

I forget, was the starbase screen modeled and animated in the dos version? Because the pixel graphics are way easier to manipulate and paint over as needed than the cg stuff.

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Attempt 3

Muuuch better I think. Still not entirely happy with the title placement or how the flagship/Tobermoon/Starbase/Earth mesh together, and I went overboard with blurring the picture, but this is waay closer to the look I'm going for.

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Attempt 4

Almost there, I'll have to go just wholesale repaint the Tobermoon to get it to look like it's in the same style as the flagship, and I'd love to recapture the slightly faded comic page look that the last one had, but I think the framing, title font, placement and just about everything else are exactly what I wanted or close enough for me to be satisfied after doing that.
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Re: Hey everypeoples check out the Vista Games Explorer icon I just made.
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 03:31:39 pm »

Wow, each version is much better than the last.  I still find it hard to grasp how people can churn out good-looking art, but I guess I'm not very visually inclined.  I draw a very good tree and penguin, though, so don't get me wrong!

 Do you think it'd be a good idea to add a couple of modules for the flagship?  Also, I'm not sure if people new to the game would have a clue that that's Earth being shown...what with it being red and all and no landmarks are shown and the red color looks like that's the actual planet color.  If I didn't know any better (i.e. if I hadn't played the game), I'd think that this is the homeworld of the Ur- Quan and they like to live on red planets that are made up solely of red land and wisps of toxic gas.  And then, people playing the game for the first time would learn about modules and might at first draw the conclusion that the flagship is charging into the enemy homeworld unarmed...now that last possibility is a little bit too farfetched since after a while the player would eventually realise that a lot of planets are covered in red or blue shields, and it isn't as if everyone's going to only draw the incorrect conclusion.

I would suggest that, if you can do it  without making the planet then look out of place in the picture, try to get a look closer to that of your first picture where it's obviously Australia and Southeastern Asia.  Oh, and if you keep that angle, be sure to include Taiwan!  (just kidding)

The first picture's starmap in the background was pretty good, but if it looked out of place then no go I guess.

Oh, and, though it's probably obvious, the new starship angle is great!  It makes me immediately go, "Now there's a starship I wanna fly!" whereas in the first one it's hard to tell what it is.
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