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christmas in advance

Postby AxlTrozz » Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:32 am

I still don't know how the things work in game, but if by any chance we plan to have a Christmas, today I made this tree we can use it has 9 layers so I can add snow, ornaments, lights you know the rest

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Re: christmas in advance

Postby Jetryl » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:45 am

AxlTrozz wrote:I still don't know how the things work in game, but if by any chance we plan to have a Christmas, today I made this tree we can use it has 9 layers so I can add snow, ornaments, lights you know the rest


Allacrost isn't an MMO like TMW, so we don't have "christmas events". However, we definitely want some boreal trees, and will want snow-covered variants. :approve:

This tree you've made has some major issues. It's not "evergreen" in color (needs to have a lot more blue in it), and also needs to be shaded a good deal differently. One major thing you should do, is separate the branches into simplified, separate branches, and merely suggest the fine details of needles. It's a major issue that early sprite artists, including myself, tend to get wrapped up in. There are certain details that are just too small to show. To make good sprite art - you actually should deliberately avoid showing them! Instead, suggest their shape with larger shapes. A very common example of this is the common RPG face - it's way too small to show a nose, so instead of drawing a nose, we make the whole nose-area of the face bulge out, slightly. I've got two pieces of reference here for you to look at.

Assignment: To make things much easier to work with, start with a tree about half the height of the one you posted. It's 4 times less pixels to work with, so it should be a lot easier. Adjust the color, shading, and branch shaping like I suggested above. Please take some heavy, heavy inspiration from the two examples I've posted - the ideal tree would be somewhere halfways between them in appearance. (note - our perspective is a lot more like the first image, just FYI. Your perspective was pretty good in the tree you made.)

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Re: christmas in advance

Postby Roots » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:50 am

I'll also add that if the trunk is visible, I think it needs to be quite a bit thicker than what you have in your first draft. The trunk looks too tiny to support the weight of that hefty tree.
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Re: christmas in advance

Postby Jetryl » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:16 pm

Roots wrote:I'll also add that if the trunk is visible, I think it needs to be quite a bit thicker than what you have in your first draft. The trunk looks too tiny to support the weight of that hefty tree.


:huh: From thinking about it, we probably don't want to have the trunk visible. The revealing lower branches only get removed if someone hacks them off, or if the tree is in the middle of a 'canopy' of trees that shadows everything but the top - and in the latter case, this would mean our overhead vantage point couldn't see the bare part either - it would be the typical rpg-style (think secret of mana) "solid wall of trees".
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