Which art style do you like best?

  • sketch Rano

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • dark shade Rano

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • scarred Rano

    Votes: 4 44.4%
  • bluish Rano

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • rock Rano

    Votes: 3 33.3%
  • Sketch Sela

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • paint Sela

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Blue paint Sela

    Votes: 4 44.4%
  • Sela Rock

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • Bluish Sela

    Votes: 3 33.3%

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dollyt

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I'm wondering which kind of art will work best for my game. I have created two characters: Rano and Sela. The links are below. All of the art styles are actually filters from one website; I just can't decide which one I like best! Please pick two choices: your favorite style for Rano, and your favorite style for Sela. (there are not as many options for Sela yet.) Sketch is just something so you can see the original art; I wouldn't choose it for in-game art. Most likely whatever filter I use for Sela will be used for all humans in the story and whatever I use for Rano will be for all shadows (see story spoiler below.) Rano's features are not well-defined and his eyes are white/bluish, like all shadows. All shadows have a mark on the forehead for their names to differentiate them, since their features are so similar. Sela is a normal human. She is from India originally. I will not be using these filters in the game; they are more to help me decide what style I want to use when I start doing the art digitally (since the website I used does not allow anything but personal use.)

The game is based off of a story I wrote many years ago called Four Shadow Hearts. It is a futuristic, dystopian science fiction story. The basic story is about the Shadows and the Humans. The Shadows are named for their appearance and the energy they utilize in weapons (an invisible energy they call Shadow energy) and live below in the place called the Shadowlands. The humans live on the surface. The two groups hate each other with a passion and often seek to destroy each other. In the Shadow world, talking to a human is punishable by Kararost, the unspeakable form of execution that is performed only on the worst criminals. Into this insane world comes a young, cynical thief named Rano who is said to be destined for banishment or Kararost. He soon is banished from his world and cast out to the surface where he must fight every day to survive. It is there that he meets Wade and Sela, two naive and kind humans who have what he considers a foolish hope of uniting the two groups with the help of the legendary man called the Truth Speaker. Before Rano knows it, he is chasing a legend called the Uniter of Worlds and fighting to unite the people who have rejected him. Unfortunately, his worst enemy, Proveo, is working against him with all his might...and one of the keys to the Uniter of Worlds is in the Shadowlands, which mean death for Rano if he returns to them. (contains religious/philosophical elements)

Your vote is very much appreciated!
 
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I chose scarred Rano and blue paint Sela, altho I don't know what your game's graphical style is gonna be. I just think those two look similar enough in style, and interesting and different and all that jazz. :biggrin:
 

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I chose scarred Rano and blue paint Sela, although I don't know what your game's graphical style is gonna be. I just think those two look similar enough in style, and interesting and different and all that jazz. :biggrin:
Thank you for voting! I'm not totally sure about all of the graphics, but I think I'm probably going to try my hand at doing everything 100% original or at least not RTP, including tilesets, battlers and walk sprites. Tall order, but I plan it to be only about an hour or two long. It's basically for me to practice creating art assets, though I do love the story
 

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It's basically for me to practice creating art assets, though I do love the story
Totally go for it, honey! :biggrin: I'm doing the same, and tho it's a ton of work, I love all of it, since it's basically the first time I've done any computer graphics ever!
 
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Scarred Rano and Blue Paint Sela definitely immediately stood out to me from the others. It doesn't hurt that they seem relatively compatible in style with each other, too. The harder lines just allow for a more visually striking use of shadow and feature detail than the sketches allow for.
 

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I voted for Rock Rano and Blueish Sela! I was originally going to vote for Dark Shade Rano, but I think Rock shows his marking clearly compared to the former. I feel like Rock for him and Blueish for Sela go together pretty well! With the description you left below the art, I feel like the galaxy and starry-like filter of Blueish kind of brings you closer to the idea of humans being above the Shadows, while the Shadows with the Rock filter look like they're from the molten deep of the Earth if that makes any sense!
 

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Scarred Rano and Blue Paint Sela definitely immediately stood out to me from the others. It doesn't hurt that they seem relatively compatible in style with each other, too. The harder lines just allow for a more visually striking use of shadow and feature detail than the sketches allow for.
Thanks for voting and your explanation! It seems a lot of people agree :)
I voted for Rock Rano and Blueish Sela! I was originally going to vote for Dark Shade Rano, but I think Rock shows his marking clearly compared to the former. I feel like Rock for him and Blueish for Sela go together pretty well! With the description you left below the art, I feel like the galaxy and starry-like filter of Blueish kind of brings you closer to the idea of humans being above the Shadows, while the Shadows with the Rock filter look like they're from the molten deep of the Earth if that makes any sense!
That's a really good point! Thank you for voting :)
 

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I voted Scarred Rano and Blue Paint Sela. They were by far the most striking to me, especially Sela's.
 

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I voted Scarred Rano and Blue Paint Sela. They were by far the most striking to me, especially Sela's.
Thank you for voting! You're in good company there :)
 

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I agree with the others that scarred Rano and Blue Paint Sela are the best, but I also like Blue Rano a lot too!
 

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I agree with the others that scarred Rano and Blue Paint Sela are the best, but I also like Blue Rano a lot too!
Thank you for answering; I think those two are probably the styles I'll end up going with.
 

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