My point is this, do we need to enforce a standard to post in the graphics forum? Or can members begin to provide the needed information about the sprite? Or perhaps it would be better if you were shown how a detailed thread would look?
The following guide can be found here: Graphics Forum Rules
How to structure your graphics request topic!
- Image description
Describe your image, what is it? You could go into as much detail as you would like, but a simple "I would like to request a 2D dragon that looks a lot like the dragon from Shrek". You can save the size and style for the other points.
- Size in pixels (width and height)
Very simple. Make sure at all times you post the dimensions of your request. Dimensions would normally look like: 32 x 48. That generally means 32 pixels in width and 48 pixels in height.
- Image format (JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF...)
This isn't one of those common details that are required as most graphics are in the .PNG format. But if you would like a different format. Make sure to specify it.
- 2D or 3D image or a 3D model
This point isn't really a common problem, as most (if not all) members specify that it's a sprite/model. Remember, they are two totally different things.
- Facing direction or pose
I have seen countless replies by the thread OP asking the person who is fulfilling the request to re-do it in a completely different pose. Please, always provide information about how the sprite will pose or face. Is it just an Idle animation or is the sprite walking? Is the sprite lifting something or is it climbing etc. Remember to also put the genre of your game. Obviously you don't want a 2D Platformer sprite in a top-down RTS game.
- Style (provide a link to a similar image with the style you want)
This is a common problem, if you can, it is strongly recommended that you post reference pictures. Not only do they help you explain what you want, it will also help the artists understand what you are after. Posting something around the lines of "I am after a cartoon style" is great and will help. But there are a lot of art styles out there so thats were your reference picture will come in handy.
- Whether the image needs to be animated
Not so much of a large problem, but I have seen members create another completely different topic asking for someone to animate the sprite when he/she could of ask for it in the first thread. If you want it animated, make sure you ask for it to be animated.
- Whether the artist will be paid
Simple, money or no money? A large portion of art request are free and continue to stay free, but if you feel like you should pay the artists who help you, it is ultimately up to you. Generally if members are paying for sprites they will get a higher quality of graphic but you do not have to pay them, the choice is yours.
- If available, a link to your game
This could help with the style of the game, how it is played out, where the graphics would be. Just generally a good example for the artists to work off.
Like Fred has said:
I want the graphics forum to be a fun and interesting place for everyone here, but I also want it to be helpful.
I also want this, and I feel I shouldn't have to remind members that there are certain things you need in a topic. But due to the amount of vague topics I have decided to remind you all. This is directed at the GMC as a whole and not just single members. Everyone can do their part in making the Graphics forum an enjoyable place, and I believe you are all capable of doing it. So, lets turn these vague, useless threads into detailed informative threads that everyone can understand.
Fred and I would appreciate any feedback or comments you may have so this thread will remain open for responses.