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  Paying to outsource artwork, anyone had success with this?  (Read 2113 times)
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Offline pixelprime

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« Posted 2012-03-11 12:59:19 »

Hi All,

I'm in a bit of a quandry, because I imagine like many people on here, I'm not really tremendously proficient in producing artwork resources for my games. The project I'm currently working on is a type of Roguelike game, but in a more science-fiction setting, rather than the treading over the boards of familiar fantasty tropes.

I've tried to use the deviantART 'Job offers' forum board, but to be honest that has resulted in a massive influx of anthro artists just wanting to show me their anime characters and anthro artwork - despite me being very specific in my posting asking for pixel artists with examples of work in sprite creation and tilesets. It's a nightmare, I feel like I'm chasing round in circles. What's worse is that the odd one or two who've actually been promising suddenly get scared off when they have to sign a commercial license to allow their work to be used for my company's projects. What did they expect?

Is there a better place to try and recruit people for this type of work? I'm never looking for people to work for nothing, and like to make sure outsourced work is paid well, but I'm finding it impossible to locate people for the job. I'm looking for reasonably experienced pixel artists, and those comfortable working within the confines of small dimensions for sprites and suchlike.

Any advice would be really appreciated, I'm at a loose end right now.
Offline 65K
« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-03-11 13:13:34 »

Right, it wasn't that easy to find someone for me as well, but finally I was successful after posting on

Lethal Running - a RPG about a deadly game show held in a futuristic dystopian society.
Offline evilfrenchguy

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-03-11 15:24:31 »

This doesn't exactly answer your question, but you can learn it yourself:

They're great tuts. Kevglass recommended it.
Games published by our own members! Check 'em out!
Legends of Yore - The Casual Retro Roguelike
Offline pixelprime

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-03-11 15:44:12 »

Thanks, I'll take a look. Part of the problem is time, as with all things, but perhaps I can use this as a useful resource moving forward.

Thanks for linking this.
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