Attention All (Visual) Artists!

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’ve got this little strange-but-personally-meaningful game project idea that’s been kicking in my head for the past little while. However, to bring it to life, I’m going to need some help. Specifically, I need some artwork. I’m trying to go for an art style that changes in every scene, and I figure that the best way to accomplish this will be to get each scene to be created by a separate artist. Hence, I’ve decided to go looking for artists in perhaps the quickest and most convenient place possible: the vast, random depths of the internet!

If this piques your interest at all, and if you have any rudimentary idea at all as to how to create adventure game graphics, what I want you to do is create one background image and (at least) one character in any style you’d like, and send them to “me at deirdrakiai dot com”. Details are as follows…


You can send me artwork from a game you’ve already created, are in the middle of creating, or started creating but stopped. Or you can send me something completely new and different. Whatever the case may be, as long as it’s your own work and hasn’t been stolen from anyone, I’ll take it.

The game will use an 800×600 resolution, meaning that I’d prefer for all artwork to be in that aspect ratio. If you’d prefer to use a different resolution (e.g. if you’re a pixel artist), that’s fine with me; however, be aware that your work will be scaled up/down accordingly.

Your character only really needs to face one direction and include a talking animation. Anything more than that is purely optional. Heck, anything less is an option as well, particularly if you decide to use an inanimate object as your character. Also, feel free to include more than one character, if you wish.

If there’s a backstory to your artwork, write me a paragraph or so about it so that I can make references to it in the finished product. Alternatively, don’t give me a backstory at all, and I’ll be happy to invent one for you.

I’d ideally like to get submissions within the month of April, but I’m flexible.

Finally, please feel free to send me something unconventional. If you’re terrible at drawing or 3D modelling, I’m all for accepting a collage of photos, or even extremely ugly MS Paint scribbles. The idea is, after all, for every scene to look different, so if everyone’s artwork looks like it was ripped straight from The Curse of Monkey Island, it’s not going to work!

…and I think that’s it. Let me know if you have any further questions, and I’ll answer them in this post.

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14 Responses to Attention All (Visual) Artists!

  1. Leopold says:

    wow. I’m pretty excited to see what you do with this. Good luck getting submissions! Sounds like a cool project.

  2. Rikard says:

    That sounds delightfully weird.

  3. Rikard says:

    (Though if the same post had come from someone without your track record, I’d just say that it sounds weird.)

  4. SSH says:

    Good thing you didn’t announce this April1, or I’d have thought it was a joke!

  5. WorldMaker says:

    These “paintings” I’ve had stored on a couple of floppy disks since high school:

    Here’s two characters from that era as drawn somewhat inebriated in Inkscape this night:

    Maybe they’ll be interesting for your project. (I’m not an artist.)

  6. Ooh, trippy! Sadly, I seem to be getting an Access Denied message when I try to open

  7. Vince Twelve says:

    I’m so in! Expect some crappy art from me soon. Is there a deadline on this?

  8. Fajerkaos says:

    hmmm… I might actually have something I don’t need, that you might be able to use.

    Just have to bother finishing it, and make a character. I’ll post something in a few days.

  9. stepurhan says:

    I’m not a fantastic artist but I have a couple of ideas. If they pan out and I get to work on them soon then I’ll let you know.

    Sounds like an intriguing project.

  10. Cyrus says:

    What is the game’s plot?

  11. I hate to bring up the icky-stuff, but how does rights to the artwork ‘n such work out? Just want to cover my a$$ before I take part in something very intriguing. :) Also, is the deadline pretty much the end of April?

  12. It’s a freeware game, and I’m not making money off of it, so the rights to the artwork will be that it’s yours and you can do whatever you want with it after the fact, but you give me the right to use it in my game and represent the characters/location in any way I wish. And the deadline is extendable, in that I will keep accepting submissions as long as I’m still working on the game (I’ll make an update on this soon), though of course, I’d prefer them sooner than later.

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