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New VN looking for long-term artist

#1 Post by TheOnlyKieran » Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:03 pm

Hey all,

I'm making a new VN called "Just like Heaven", my first VN. I'm about halfway through the scriptwriting process, and am close to finishing my first draft. So, I thought it time to reach out to some potential artists.

Plot Synopsis

You play as Chris, an 18 year old Canadian guy who moves to England to attend music school to get away from abusive parents. You attends Kings University in London, where you meets a whole bunch of new friends, and start a local grunge band. A US band called Heaven makes huge waves, selling 20 million copies, and they have a similar sound, so all of a sudden you find yourself being thrust into the limelight, whether you like it or not.

It's up to you to decide which road to take, and how you'll deal with your new found fame, the attention from the women in your life, and if you'll be a success, or like so many before you, burn bright only to fade away.

Themes

Though I'd like the art to be anime styled, this is a mainly western game (with only one asian character) so the character designs should reflect this. I'd describe this game as an Utsuge, there aren't really any happy endings, some bittersweet ones perhaps, but definitely not happy. The script is inspired partially by the life of Kurt Cobain, and other 90's rockstars who has problems with drugs, alcohol and other things in their lives.

Gameplay

This is a multi-branching story arc, with 4 main branches, and many sub-branches / alternate scenes. Using your cellphone to communicate with friends is a key gameplay feature. This game also follows standard date sim / romance conventions in a sense - which girl (or in one case, boy) the player picks, determines which story path the player will branch off into. I'd obviously be happy to share any information at all with you.

In terms of development, I'm handling the story, programming and music/sfx. I am a university educated musician, so a music based game was a good fit for me, and I've already written a few preliminary tracks for the game.

What i'm looking for

Currently, I'm looking for initial sketch designs of about 6 central characters. I'm obviously happy to pay for these. As I am 100% not an artist, I'll be giving a little direction, but you have a lot of free-reign to design the character as you see fit.

If it's a good fit for the both of us, I'd love to work with you over a longer period of time. My total art spend will likely be in the $1-2000+ mark, so plenty of work.

The Vision

I'm planning on attending a PAX event in 2015 (Boston or Seattle, depending on development timing) and as such, I'd be happy to provide a pass, and have you come along! I'll need some custom art for the event, of course! And as seems to be the norm, I'll be launching a kickstarter campaign around that time.

Thanks again for reading. If you're still here, please post a link to your existing portfolio, with your pricing, and we can get started on some sketches!

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#2 Post by Card-Queen » Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:10 pm

I would be very interested in being your artist. My styles are flexible and I am very quick. Here's my LSF page, with some samples but there are many, many other examples of style and CGs style.http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewto ... 62&t=28401

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#3 Post by TheOnlyKieran » Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:44 pm

Hey Card-Queen! I love your style!

I'm not sure if it's a fit for what I had in mind (Which i know isn't much of an answer... sorry!)

I've had a back-up idea floating around for year now which you'd be perfect for, but I want to try this one first. I may well be contacting you in the future!

Thanks,

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#4 Post by Fungii » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:06 pm

I have a services offered thread [urlhttp://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=26790]here[/url], you might notice a lot of my samples are fantasy related, but obviously I'd be capable of more 'real life' designs as well. I do specifically have a character sketch option available, too.

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#5 Post by Card-Queen » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:25 pm

TheOnlyKieran wrote:Hey Card-Queen! I love your style!

I'm not sure if it's a fit for what I had in mind (Which i know isn't much of an answer... sorry!)

I've had a back-up idea floating around for year now which you'd be perfect for, but I want to try this one first. I may well be contacting you in the future!

Thanks,
Thank you very much, Mr. OnlyKieran, sir!
I would appreciate that I will look forward to both projects of yours!

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#6 Post by chocojax » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:50 pm

Hello! I have an LSF thread over here [link] that contains samples of my artwork and a listing of my prices.

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Re: New VN looking for long-term artist

#7 Post by Appota » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:30 pm

Hello, TheOnlyKieran
We have an artist in our studio who would be interested. She's been drawing concepts for games, ranging from cartoon to manga and semi-realistic style. Please send us an email to kulsstudio@gmail.com if you want to talk over it and I'll have her reply sent promptly with her examples. Thank you!

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#8 Post by blood1_shiki » Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:43 am

are you looking for this kind of style? http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2014/ ... 73ma7k.jpg

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Re: New VN looking for long-term artist

#9 Post by TheOnlyKieran » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:44 pm

Thanks all for the replies so far!
Still looking for Background and logo artists, please continue to reach out :)

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#10 Post by Morhighan » Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:14 pm

TheOnlyKieran wrote:Thanks all for the replies so far!
Still looking for Background and logo artists, please continue to reach out :)
I just so happen to be a logo artist, if you need one. I have a thread here: http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewto ... 62&t=28421

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Re: New VN looking for long-term artist

#11 Post by TheOnlyKieran » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:49 pm

Morhighan wrote:
TheOnlyKieran wrote:Thanks all for the replies so far!
Still looking for Background and logo artists, please continue to reach out :)
I just so happen to be a logo artist, if you need one. I have a thread here: http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewto ... 62&t=28421
Thanks! I ended up going simple, but I'm sure you can do a better job than I! Incoming PM :)

Desperately seeking background artists!

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#12 Post by SimonAdventure » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:29 am

I'd definitely be interested if you're still looking! Heres my stuff!
http://simonadventure.deviantart.com/
If you're interested, I'd prefer you contact me by email at Simonadventurer@gmail.com~

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Re: New VN looking for long-term artist

#13 Post by WhiteMageChiu » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:33 pm

Hello there! This sounds like a really fun and exciting project! Either way I hope it goes well for you!
I've made a visual novel myself, as well as completed a successful Kickstarter, so I'm familiar with all the needed aspects for such an undertaking, and would really love to be a part of more work like this!

My work can be found here:
chiuscanvas.tumblr.com
twitter.com/cureallchiu
inuyashatoysrule.deviantart.com

And my kickstarter is here! :)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44 ... steps-back

Best of luck and I hope we'll be in touch, you can find me here
whitemagechiu@hotmail.com
https://twitter.com/CureAllChiu
http://www.chiuscanvas.tumblr.com

Keep updated on my horror/ mystery visual novel [I Woke Up Because It Hurt!]
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Re: New VN looking for long-term artist

#14 Post by TheOnlyKieran » Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:20 pm

Hey all,

I think I've found mostly everyone I need. I'll be reaching out a bit later in development as the art spend goes through the roof :D

Thanks all, glad to have made some good contacts for the future too!

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