Yay! Thank you so much for the input! Sorry if I'm sounding or have been sounding selfish and ostentatious... Would it be okay for me to defend my decision for a moment? If you think I'm being very rude and sensitive, please tell me! I've watched people leave teams because they're too caught up in their own interests so I wouldn't want that happening to my game... It means so much to me that I would hate to see it abandoned because of something silly like a design :p
First off I thought it was hilarious that you described her old design as looking "alien" because Pandom's purpose for going into the Institute is to find aliens. He asks her if she's an alien robot. She interprets the word alien as being separate from everyone else so tells him that she is one. She's also convinced that the "other world" he asks her about is the Memory World ^^'
It's because of (1) the widely-spaced eyes, and (2) the ethereal, otherworldly coloring.
because the line art is smoother, thicker, and has a richer feeling to it than the flimsy, delicate shades of the older.
^^' I suppose this is because of experience... When I first joined all my art looked sort of like that. I hate to admit it but I knew nothing about anatomy and I still don't. I think I've gotten slightly better and you acknowledging that the lines are richer actually makes me feel like I've improved. The older coloring style was mostly due to me being lazy and applying textures instead of actually shading... I didn't know how to shade ^^' I would love to think that I've gotten better which is why I redid all the sprites in the game. I'm even redoing several backgrounds because I think I improved.
Hopefully I have something to show for all my effort later this week. I was slow on finishing the GUI because I was unsure of her design but I want that done before I show off the guys ^^'
I second Dolly's suggestion - use the old sprite (especially the facial proportions) but with the new robotic outfit and pigtails - but with one modification. Use the same ethereal watercolor style, but in the blue-white scheme you have in the new one. Maybe throw in some metallic violets and greys in there too. Just something to play around with, maybe?
I'm not sure how I'd feel about that '~' I'm fairly comfortable with her new design and I'm not positive how her human-like skin would fit in with her new robotic body... I think that would look even weirder? I don't know? I tried mixing the watercolor style but it didn't work... I suppose I'll post up a sample of that but I didn't like how it came out at all... It made her look funnier if anything >,<
and I mean, her current design looks great too and would definitely fit within your vision... it just looks so much more human to me, compared to the original, which I don't think is what you're going for... but then again, that might just be down to personal taste.
That's odd... Most people that I've shown her to said that her new design makes her look more robotic then her old design. I recently showed my game around school and asked for their opinions and most people didn't even know she was a robot just based off of her old design. In truth, her old design was done on a whim so I could release the demo as soon as possible. I have about a month left to release an unvoiced visual novel without any extra gameplay functions and the script is already written. The only thing I have to do is proofread and produce the art... I was hoping to at least have the GUI finished by now but because of conflicts in her new design that probably won't happen until later this week. I have three animations planned for the loading screen - Mneme running which will be for the self route or for the introduction, yelling at Homen which is for Homen's route, and holding hands with Pan which is for his route - but all three kind of require her and I don't have a design for her yet... I actually have each of them sketched out in her new design so I'd prefer to keep that...
If you like the current design better, I'd suggest widening the space between her eyes so she looks even more inhuman, because I think that wide-eyed look in the first design was part of what made it look so alien and robotic to me.
I'll try? lol, I feel like I'd be reverting back to my old way of doing things where everyone looked like a fish or a bug >,< Perhaps if I kept her eyes one color instead of blending two or three? I think that would make her look more empty...
I don't think I've said it before, but I'm a huge huge fan of your art style and I really don't think you should change it to be more "normal", whatever that is.
Thank you so much ^^ I was trying to refer to just plain hair or a more narrow face (for Alicia). Alicia herself is very, very unique and I hope that players recognize this as soon as they notice her manner of speech and behavior towards certain characters. I love stories where a line between good and evil is almost nonexistent
I thought by distinguishing her, even if it is just her hair or face shape, she might stand out among the others who aren't as... radical as she is
But again, if people don't like it, I'm more then willing to change and make her design more subtle.
I'm just saying that because I personally had a rather... non-mainstream writing style when I was younger... but at some point, because of pressures from various sources, I threw away what made me different. And now I'm never truly going to get it back. I don't want to see that happen to somebody as talented as you. *huggles*
Aww... That sad to hear Y.Y Especially if you want to go back to it. That makes me feel bad that I'm open to other people changing my art, if that makes any sense... I want to be different and do things the way I want them to be done and I feel really bad when someone says I should do it their way. That's why if I'm being very defensive or rude towards you, please let me know because I never intended it to be that way! I feel like I have the obligation to give into everyone's pressure and let go of my preferences. The story I will never change. I feel like I have the duty to preserve what I wrote three years ago. Everything else I am willing to shape to meet others' demands ^^' even if I do lose myself. In my mind Mneme will forever look the way she does now and no one can take that away from me!
I look forward to seeing this game completed! And keep the weird characters weird!
Yay! Thank you so much! I hope you're impressed with it, however it turns out to be! I'm trying for a second demo release that's about 5 hours long in late June but it may have to wait to early July if I can't get the design thing straightened out by this week... I'm already a few days behind on my schedule of everything I need done. ^^'
I'll try! I'm not changing the story at this point so at least their personalities will be odd!
Thank you so much for your feedback!