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[art] Delloran/Antarean concept
2005/05/08 19:28:26 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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We need concept art for Dell. As part of this, we need to decide what, exactly, Antareans look ilke. Feel free to submit concept art either explicitly for Dell or for Antareans in general. Submit images in the illustration section then post links to them here.

2005/05/09 17:31:04 PDT by Dev [manager]
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You can find some earlier concept art of Antareans here.

2005/05/09 22:33:09 PDT by mystik3eb [0/43]
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I really like the "unknown" one, but I think they should look more like dragons, less like dogs. Otherwise I love the look. A combination of this and that guy IndigoHawks drawings would look great.

2005/05/18 18:10:06 PDT by BioKupo [0/0]

The Unknown is good, the alternate head, the one on the body looks WAY to much like Red XIII :p

Although akios pic of Dell (the middle pic) has the attitude I see Dell as having.

2005/05/18 19:30:08 PDT by Cothiq [0/6]

Yes, more lizard-y with a sleek 'I definately have scales" sort of look.

I don't know though, the more humanoid looking one ['unknown'] seemed to pull it off better.

2005/06/01 21:39:22 PDT by Riven [0/10]

I'm not going to pretend to know anything about art, because, let's face it, I'm a music dude, but I agree with Cothiq about the humanoid one. The thing I don't like about it though is that, it may be just me, but the head seems to have more feline characteristics than reptilian. Like the full pic in the lower left corner of that file, the head reminds me more of a lion than a dragon.

2005/06/02 01:35:28 PDT by Dev [manager]
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If you're just now reviewing the story Riven, you may not pick up on this, but I don't think it can be reiterated enough for everyone anyway: Antareans are not dragons. Dragons are not Antareans. Antareans are dragonoid, but that doesn't mean they have to look exactly like our dragons only smaller. I want to encourage discussion about what exactly Antareans look like, since that's the point of this task. All we really need is for them to be small (house-cat-sized) creatures with wings; they don't necessarily need to be reptilian.

That said, I agree that the feline look isn't necessarily what we want to go for. If anything, my imagination of Antareans as a swarm-like race suggests they should be rather bug-ish. Though this would make it difficult for an Antarean to be personable, perhaps, as Delloran certainly is. Other thoughts?

2005/06/02 13:08:10 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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The "unknown" delloran (specifically, the version in the lower-left) looks more dog-like than cat-like to me. I kind of like that look, actually. It seems unique.

House cat size is way too small, Dev. I think Antareans need to be at least the size of, say, a golden retriever.

2005/06/02 15:45:16 PDT by Riven [0/10]

Yes, I caught my mistake just a few hours ago when I got to his entrance in the story. My apologies.

2005/06/02 21:24:12 PDT by Dev [manager]
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It's been way too long since we last had this argument ..... in fact, I think the last time we really discussed it might have even been before you were on the project, Temp. o_O But anyway, I'd say big-dog-size is the maximum. Maybe we can compromise on that. :P

2005/06/02 22:29:51 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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I just can't see a creature so small that could be cradled in the other characters' arms being taken seriously. I'm looking at my cat right now and imagining Dell being her size and it just looks goofy.

2005/06/03 11:36:47 PDT by braynstorm [0/9]
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I was assuming, on average, Anterians would be about the size of a big dog. (maybe 4 feet, if standing on hind legs and standing more or less straight). I really can't imagine taking a cat-sized opponent very seriously in a battle. Magic or not...

"Aww...look at the cute little lizard!"
"Argh! Stupid little bugger!"
::Steps on Anterian with a funny little squish sound effect::

^_^ It brings to mind, somewhat, the whole Puss in Boots thing from Shrek.

As for look, I saw them as slightly more sleek and less "dragonishly" bumpy and scaly. This might help the personability factor ever so slightly.

The second picture, "Akio-Dell" was closer to what I was thinking. The third one is far too Gargoyle-esque in my opinion.

It would be interesting to bring in some ancestry to this. Maybe Anterians and Dragons somehow COULD be related.

I like the first picture, even though it doesn't fit my idea at all...but then I got to thinking. What if there was like...battle armor or rank signification or something like that...

Because in a lot of cultures, current and otherwise, the leaders and more powerful individuals are ornamented or decorated in some way, whether it be military bars or special ways of dressing or stuff like that...

Well, that's my idea, at any rate.

2005/06/03 12:18:57 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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Yes, antareans and dragons have common evolutionary ancestory, like humans and apes.

Quote from braynstorm:

"Aww...look at the cute little lizard!"
"Argh! Stupid little bugger!"
::Steps on Anterian with a funny little squish sound effect::

My thoughts exactly! :P

2005/06/03 13:39:42 PDT by Dev [manager]
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Alright, I concede the size thing. It's largely inconsequential, for the most part. (Though, Temp, isn't Ko small enough to be cradled in other characters' arms? ... meh.)

I also agree with Akio's solo Dell drawing; sleek is a good look for Antareans... maybe that's why I was thinking "cat." But Braynstorm, you caught on to something that I'd like to do with the race, and it's hinted at in their racial profile. Like social insects, I think Antareans should be born into castes that determine their primary function throughout life. Just like a bee hive, you'll have workers, scouts, soldiers, caretakers, and royalty. Assignment of these roles can express themselves with major physical differences, so two Antareans might look very different. ... I dunno, run with it. :P

2005/06/03 14:51:41 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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Quote from Dev:

isn't Ko small enough to be cradled in other characters' arms?

Is he an infant?

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