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The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 15th, 2013 @ 03:47 PM Reply

The Totem Collab

Hello everyone!
This is the newer and better Totem Collab. The idea is that each artist draws a piece of a totem and I will compile them into a swf as the most divine digital totem the world has ever seen. I will be using Flixel and have already prepared the basic engine.
Luwano will help me keep everything organized and already drew the first piece of our totem to get things started.

Dimensions:
This is tricky. Each basic totem segment should be 200px wide by 500px high, but you can have stuff sticking out to the sides or patterns and whatnot carved into the totem. IMPORTANT: The bottom and top edges need to be 200px wide to meet with the previous and following totem pieces properly. Your absolute max width is 650px to leave room for buttons on the outer edges.
The file itself will be 750px wide by 500px high.
Luwano will post an image to make the dimensions more clear, later on.

Rules:
- no nudity
- no racism

I reserve the right to decline a piece or ask the artist to put some more effort into it.
Provide a transparent PNG, because there will be a dynamic background. JPGs only work for rectangular images that require no transparency.
Upload your finished piece to your NG dump (or other image hoster) and send the link to me via PM. You can also post a preview and a high-res link here, but the PM is most important.
Creativity is of the essence. Cyber totem piece? Pixel art? Anything works as long as it's meeting the file requirements.

Deadline:
There is no deadline set yet, but we are aiming for end of june (early july).
You can of course discuss and post WIPs here.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 15th, 2013 @ 04:19 PM Reply

Count me in on this one, need something to get me more active in the art portal and I always thought that there was more to this idea when it came around last time. I'm working pretty solidly for the next few days but after that I'll start making my piece.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 15th, 2013 @ 04:53 PM Reply

I'm in as well. This sounds like fun, good to know i have time to do it. because i'm full of work right now.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 15th, 2013 @ 06:35 PM Reply

That's a very handsome cat. I shall partake in this project. Meow.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 15th, 2013 @ 07:18 PM Reply

It's good to see some collabs going on here again. That's one of the things I'm missing compared to earlier.
Probably won't be able to participate though, since exams are starting in 2 weeks and I still got a load of work.
I'm curious as to the result either way, let's hope this one finishes.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 16th, 2013 @ 12:13 PM Reply

At 5/15/13 07:18 PM, Breaktroll wrote: It's good to see some collabs going on here again. That's one of the things I'm missing compared to earlier.
Probably won't be able to participate though, since exams are starting in 2 weeks and I still got a load of work.
I'm curious as to the result either way, let's hope this one finishes.

There is plenty of time and no definite deadline set, yet. You can do it! Also... bug your sister to join, too. ;)

At 5/15/13 03:47 PM, Chameneon wrote:
Luwano will post an ugly something to make the dimensions more clear, later on.

Fixed it for you. ^

If you have questions regarding this. Please let me know.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 18th, 2013 @ 05:19 PM Reply

At 5/18/13 04:51 PM, Larkatosa wrote: Pew Pew

d'awwww! Cute!!

@Chameneon & @Luwano - Will there be stuff in the background? sky, clouds, etc? and what about a menu and music?

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 08:50 AM Reply

At 5/19/13 04:33 AM, Larkatosa wrote: Rawr

Lookin' awesome Larkatosa!

@ReNaeNae:
We plan on having a dynamically created gradient in the bg with some objects (clouds) randomly placed in it, also there might be a parallax scrolling totem silhouette (for the sake of design).
As for the menu, I have just implemented a basic menu with placeholder graphics yet, we´re still looking for someone to do the art there.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 11:36 AM Reply

At 5/19/13 11:16 AM, Amaranthus wrote: amidoingitrite

Not quite. the tops and bottoms need to be 200 px wide so they fit with the pieces that'll be above and below... the way larkatosa's does. So just bring those areas in to fit.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 12:02 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 11:40 AM, Amaranthus wrote: doubt this is better

Is it different?

The top and bottom areas need to be 200 px wide. So draw some guides and adjust it.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 01:01 PM Reply

Yeah basically it doesnt mind what you do inbetween as long as your top and bottom edges are 200px wide (needed so that it fits nicely with other totem parts)

@ReNaeNae: Is that a screenie of my engine alpha? How did you get your hands onto that?

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 01:08 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 01:01 PM, Chameneon wrote: @ReNaeNae: Is that a screenie of my engine alpha? How did you get your hands onto that?

Do not question her! she is a god amongst mortals!... also... i may do something :3


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 01:49 PM Reply

working on mine right now ;)


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 02:12 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 01:08 PM, LegolaSS wrote:
At 5/19/13 01:01 PM, Chameneon wrote: @ReNaeNae: Is that a screenie of my engine alpha? How did you get your hands onto that?
Do not question her! she is a god amongst mortals!... also... i may do something :3

lol, Luw showed it to me a while back. I nabbed it so I could have a visual for how mine would fit in. The finished piece is on black, so... I used the old version.

I'm working on mine too... in tinychat! All you peoples should join us.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 04:54 PM Reply

wip. drawing with a mouse takes forfuckingever :(

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 04:58 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 03:07 PM, Amaranthus wrote: kaka

I honestly like that you go crazy with the idea, but I wouldn't consider it acceptable. MS Paint looks like shit if you don't know how to use it right and even then, it's hard. Any chance that you'd retry with PS or GIMP? It's a fun idea, don't let it go to waste. I am sure Chameneon will agree with me.

@ReNaeNae I'd join, but... iPhone.

I forgot to mention that Nae gave us mod approval to revive a once locked collab. That's also why I showed her the engine, to assure her that it will work out this time. ;)


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 05:38 PM Reply

I went and done me one.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 05:55 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 03:07 PM, Amaranthus wrote: kaka

That's really what this is, you just pooping out as much as you can as fast as you can.
Put some time and effort into it, and be proud of what you produce, instead of just shitting something out.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 05:57 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 05:55 PM, bigjonny13 wrote: That's really what this is, you just pooping out as much as you can as fast as you can.
Put some time and effort into it, and be proud of what you produce, instead of just shitting something out.

He made more than you did.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 06:21 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 05:57 PM, test-object wrote: He made more than you did.

I actually had an idea or two I was tossing around, but I guess I should just scrap them then.
Thanks testy ;3

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 06:27 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 06:21 PM, bigjonny13 wrote: I actually had an idea or two I was tossing around, but I guess I should just scrap them then.
Thanks testy ;3

No you didn't.

If a piece falls short, the organizers will settle it. We don't need you do any clean up in this perfectly fine thread.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 06:47 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 06:27 PM, test-object wrote:
At 5/19/13 06:21 PM, bigjonny13 wrote: I actually had an idea or two I was tossing around, but I guess I should just scrap them then.
Thanks testy ;3
No you didn't.

If a piece falls short, the organizers will settle it. We don't need you do any clean up in this perfectly fine thread.

Guys, please stop. Make art not war.

@Zane: This is... OMG

@Peglay: Sorry I missed your WIP earlier. It looks great, I could not have told that you drew this with a mouse btw.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 07:27 PM Reply

Here is my Wip i did while on NG-Tinychat.

Will re-size to fit, Will finish it up... not 100% sure i know how im going to join it up to others... but we will see...

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 19th, 2013 @ 08:44 PM Reply

Reupdated

Felt that something was missing so I added reflected lights.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 20th, 2013 @ 05:26 AM Reply

I am interested in participating, I will try to do something in pixel art.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 20th, 2013 @ 08:04 AM Reply

I have a question -

I was thinking about the best way of joining my totem up with the rest of them, trying to get a clean edge.
However i thought it would look better if it blended in with two others...

however this would mean i would mean i would choose where my totem would be (as it would fit perfectly).

Are you ok with me doing this?... I would pick ones which seem like they would carry on rather then ones that stop.

(see crude example picture)

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 20th, 2013 @ 09:50 AM Reply

At 5/20/13 08:04 AM, LegolaSS wrote: I have a question -

I was thinking about the best way of joining my totem up with the rest of them, trying to get a clean edge.
However i thought it would look better if it blended in with two others...

however this would mean i would mean i would choose where my totem would be (as it would fit perfectly).

Are you ok with me doing this?... I would pick ones which seem like they would carry on rather then ones that stop.

(see crude example picture)

I have been wondering about that, it would look much nicer if people are allowed to work beyond either the top or the bottom, make it all more organically flowing.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 20th, 2013 @ 12:25 PM Reply

At 5/20/13 05:26 AM, EventHorizon wrote: I am interested in participating, I will try to do something in pixel art.

Happy to read that! Variety ftw.

At 5/20/13 09:50 AM, test-object wrote:
At 5/20/13 08:04 AM, LegolaSS wrote: I have a question -

I was thinking about the best way of joining my totem up with the rest of them, trying to get a clean edge.
However i thought it would look better if it blended in with two others...

however this would mean i would mean i would choose where my totem would be (as it would fit perfectly).

Are you ok with me doing this?... I would pick ones which seem like they would carry on rather then ones that stop.

(see crude example picture)
I have been wondering about that, it would look much nicer if people are allowed to work beyond either the top or the bottom, make it all more organically flowing.

There is no easy reply at the moment. IF you do it the way Lego did and expand the other users totem into your area (if he doesn't mind), then it will definitely work. If you wanna "draw outside" of your own section and have it overlap with somebody else's, I am not sure. In either way, I agree that it really looks pretty cool.

Chameneon is doing the technical part and the images will be loaded dynamically, so I don't know exactly what is possible. Cham or I will get back to you about that.

You could always collab with someone on a twice as high canvas, split it in half and send it to Cham as two files. That way you can theoretically also bypass the mandatory 200px wide limit on the edges.

@LegolaSS : That tree looks great. I love the feathers you added. Very native american-ish.


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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 20th, 2013 @ 01:18 PM Reply

At 5/20/13 12:42 PM, Amaranthus wrote: oka

If you're going to have a transparent background, make sure you link to the file on the dump, otherwise the image cannot be saved properly for collab use.

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Response to The Totem Collab - Reloaded May. 20th, 2013 @ 05:41 PM Reply

At 5/19/13 06:21 PM, bigjonny13 wrote:
At 5/19/13 05:57 PM, test-object wrote: He made more than you did.
I actually had an idea or two I was tossing around...

You realize you both HAVE to make at least on part for this or you'll look like a pair a feuding baffoons. Yeah, I went there, I said it. What are ya gonna do about it? ;P

My ebil rabbid is coming along. I apologize for traumatizing Felis with it yesterday in the chat. I've decided to go with a pipe and cane instead of a pocket watch (for those that care).

Also, thanks to Lego for the inspired striptease, and to Esculas for schooling that skinny little white boy on the fine art of twerking!! A valuable lesson we should all learn.

we missed you, Luw!