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#1 Enkida

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:15 AM

Details of the collaborative project of awesomeness being brought to you by MiLeah and Enkida. :-)

Correct this post if it's in the wrong place, but me and Enkida (As some of you may know) is working on an epic portrait pack, and we actually prefer real looking humans (with wonderfully, unique flaws that make you who you are) to superfake-blank-faced-ghost-like-mutants (a.ka. Photoshop horrors). Anyway, if any of you are interested, here's our list:

Model Guideline:
-All nationalities are more then welcomed (as this is a non-racist portrait pack)
-We'll take female or male.
-Age is not a factor (We're not ageist either :lol: ).
- *Please no high necked shirts or glasses.
-Please no inappropriate (lack of) clothing, poses or gestures (Keeping it PG would be great).
-Ideal Poses: Looking straight into the camera, smiling/smirking, looking bad-butt, face in a slight angle (Just nothing to the point where folk can't make your face out. We wanna see that pretty little mug! :D )

Picture Quality Guidelines:
- *High res photos (1000x1000 pixel minimum)
- *Camera photos - none of this "I took it with my webcam or my cellphone" ridiculousness.
- *Sharp photos. Same as above.
-*Preferably, taken in daylight, between noon and 4pm. This last bit is not necessary but it would be a huge help to us.

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There is no deadline for when we need these pictures turned in, but it would be nice to have collected them before January is out.
Also, you'll get credit for being kind enough to lend your beautiful lil' face to our pack! And we'll greatly appreciate it! Just post up your picture here, or Pm'it to Enkida or me*, and we'll get to work on it. :P
If you have any questions, just post'em here!

Cheers!

*Enkida's brilliant ideas.


* since we're at SHS send any PM to me(Enkida) rather than MiLeah for now. :-)

Edited by Enkida, 10 January 2012 - 10:21 AM.


#2 Sanctifer

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:42 AM

This is just a brilliant idea !
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I'll think about it
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#3 William Imm

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:20 AM

Great idea. Can you add some elven portaits as well, or is it contrary to the goals of the pack? I don't want to use the Xan portait for my wild mage elf, nor do the ones in the NSC portaits are really fitting for my planned PC.
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#4 Enkida

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:56 AM

So far the projected scope of our project is to have a minumum of 75 portraits of both genders, all BG2-playable races, and a wide variety of real world ethnicities. There will also be a smattering of non-canon races, like drow or vampires, though these will really only be a small part of the overall pack. I haven't been counting but at my last check I think about 20 portraits were already done, perhaps a few more than that. What there will not be a lot of is caucasian portraiture, aside from what self-photography caucasian BG players may contribute to the project, plus some extra pre-project portraits we both had lying around. The portraits are to celebrate ethnicity, both real world and Faerun races, so that is our primary focus.

Also to those who suffer from shyness or doubt on contributing: we generally do not believe in the word "ugly" except with how it applies to human behaviour. And we have Baldurdized ourselves already. We wouldn't ask it of other people without being willing to do it ourselves. ;-)

So in short, yes, there are already elves. And humans. And halflings. And gnomes. And half orcs. And dwarves. Of both genders. :)

oh yeah, we are using a mix of stock photography and celebrity portraits for the pack. A large part of this is a general assumption certain stock artists do not want to see themselves turned into half-orcs. ;-)

Edited by Enkida, 13 January 2012 - 11:00 AM.


#5 Quester

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:52 PM

I don't suppose you'd be interested in pictures of other people? That is, pictures that aren't of BG players but who might be good portrait candidates, that we've either taken ourselves or found on the web? If so, I think I have a few good ones lying around. :shifty:

#6 Enkida

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:19 PM

Hmm, well that depends on the picture. I'm always on the lookout for good models for the NPC portrait pack stuff. However - I personally like to stick to either stock photography or famous celebrities for two main reasons: the celebrities market their images, and indeed have their images reused all the time by fans, often with their blessings, as part of their job description, so it's semi-acceptable to see famous people flooding the fanart market. Except for poor Jude Law, who must be sick of being the frontman of the Baldur's Gate modding world by now, LOL.

Stock artists put pictures of themselves or other models up with the sole purpose of having people like me modify the images nearly any way we please. If you have good stock photography - and you either paid for it from a stock site, or you have permission to use it from the stock artist, or it's from a "free" stock site with clear terms of use, then I'm interested to see what you have. If it's just something you got from a Google search or similar, then I'm not interested.

If you just find "good pictures on the web" there's a chance that there is some free use or copyright issues involved. I know, I know. Ethics play practically a negative role in the Baldur's Gate portrait modding community, so don't let my hangups stop you from trying to get your pictures Baldurdized even if they don't meet my personal criteria. I do know there are some other people here who are currently trying to do their own portrait packs, so there is a chance you might get pictures of even dubious origin baldurdized. :)

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:03 PM

Pics sent !

Edited by Sanctifer, 18 January 2012 - 12:04 PM.

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#8 Enkida

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:51 AM

also if you have a preferred race or class we can accomodate :)

#9 Quester

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:30 AM

Enkida: Understood. I'll just post a picture of myself then:

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I think I'd make a pretty good gnome. :whistling:

#10 Enkida

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:55 AM

You know as much I love that picture, I am sure it's not your own. ;-) Seriously, only self portraits please, just to avoid free use issues.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:56 AM

You can still donate a self portrait if you want to be like the other brave souls on this board. See if you can guess who these are ;-)


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#12 William Imm

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:48 PM

I can make a self picture - mainly for a elf fighter/mage or kenasi. I can definitely take a picture of myself holding a longsword in frame, and have it looking very cool as well. I sent Enkida a PM about this, by the way.
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#13 Sanctifer

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:53 AM

Any news on that ?

 

I often check your DA account, Enkida, btw, and I have to say I really like your portraits


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#14 Agashi

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Is this still going on? Its been over a year since the project was announced... I'd be willing to contribute if the holdup is due to not having enough volunteers. Always in the market for nice PC portraits ^_^ and I'm a big fan of yours and MiLeah's work.


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#15 MiLeah

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:44 PM

Last I heard Enkida was pregnant and decided to take a break from internet-land (This was back in late 2012). I do believe she had a healthy little boy, but I haven't heard from her since.  :(

 

EDIT: Nnnnarp, I've just realized that it's wrong to hijack this topic in the way that I just did. Instead I'll make a new topic regarding my project that I've been working on, instead of bumping this topic and giving people false hope that this specific project is alive and well when it sadly just isn't.


Edited by MiLeah, 11 April 2013 - 10:08 PM.




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