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 Post subject: Cast Picture Info Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:06 pm 
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Recently, I have mentioned that I'm working on getting a cast picture commissioned for the MSW. This post will be your one-stop information center for news about it— I'm going to need input from you for this project.

Here is how things stand:

Presently, I have spoken to the artist, and she has agreed that it can be done (I sent her a description of what I have in mind.) To be specific, she said:

This looks like it would be doable, but keep in mind that the coloring
of each character will take a lot of work... I can cut down on the
detail on the characters if you prefer, but here's the basic

I normally charge 20 dollars for the first 2 characters, then 10
dollars per additional character. So, for the full 15 foreground
characters at a normal level of detail, that would be 150 dollars.
Assuming the background characters about half as much detail, they
would cost another 5 dollars each, for a total of 200 dollars. That's
just for the black and white line art. This would include simple
backgrounds as you describe. You can keep adding characters at this
same rate.

For color, I would probably charge an extra 50 dollars, assuming it
was nothing too crazy (ie, no characters in iridescent flaming suits
or whatever). Keep in mind that this commission will take me a few
weeks, since I can only dedicate so many hours a day to commissions
while still doing my comics and other work.

I would put the image together and color it digitally, so it can be
made at a number of different resolutions. If you're still interested
after hearing the prices, let me know. It's a big job, but I'm game.
If you want to proceed, we'll need to start putting together
descriptions of all the characters so I can start drawing them.

First off: Don't worry about the bill. I'm going to be footing it (though if anyone wants to chip in, I wouldn't be averse).

After consultation and general figuring, I have come up with a list of characters who will most likely end up in the picture. The following list is of the characters who will appear (barring changes), in a preliminary lineup order from left to right. Italics indicate a background character. Bold indicates a character packet which is 100% complete and ready to send.
(Note: Being in the center of this list translates to being front and center on the image.)

*Laitu & Teal
*Mr Calvin
*Mr Hobbes
Dr Amino

Frederic & Cleese
*Jane Narbon
Wally & Lagos
Dr. Viktor
Dr. Beard & Mimic

I have descriptions for everyone marked with an asterisk.

This order is preliminary, and I'd like suggestions for changes in ordering (or characters, if someone has a character they don't want included or absolutely cannot do without). In addition, please PM me descriptions of your characters (which are on the list), for me to pass on to the artist. No detail is too big or too small— what you describe is what is going to get drawn, so be thorough. What they look like, are wearing, what facial expression/s they have, their body type— anything you can think of. In particular, please specify your characters' heights— this is a difference that doesn't really come out in text, but will have to be considered for the picture.

Those characters who have reference images drawn by JanetTor (or general images drawn by others) should let me know if I should not include them [the images] when I send the descriptions to the artist.

Once everyone's suggestions and descriptions are in, I'll move on to the next stage: getting everything moving.

Thanks for your help!

Welcome to the promised LAN.

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