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I have to say I'm with Skye. I think the "it no look like God" thing is more of a short-hand way of saying it doesn't match people's perception of the Achaean character. I thought Babel was bang-on, and Ourania's was great but the rest I've tried not to think about. Phaestus was a tall Scottish guy on a mountain, and Sartan looked like a backing dancer for Beyonce. There's no real sense of Achaean-ness or power or anything really. It's more kind of like "Hot guy in the ocean!" "Hot Scottish guy in a glen!" "Bald dude standing in fire!"
Hate to be Johnny Negative but there you go.
Just wondering how @Scarlatti's portrait will go. Has to be one that would make all the girls (and some men) swoon. Brad Pitt ala Troy? :-?
For me, most of the God pictures do seem larger-than-life enough. The issue is that Achaea is a game full of larger-than-life adventurers, and the pictures don't really exceed that. For example, go through the gallery, and try to ignore the context (or have someone who doesn't play Achaea do this for you) as you look through the pictures. It's not immediately obvious in some cases which are Gods and which are mortals. Yeah, Aurora looks pretty darn cool, but so do the knight and blademaster!
This might not be so big of an issue, except that in-game, Gods do have more of a presence than mortal adventurers. Aside from usually attracting more attention than the typical adventurer would, they're more obvious to the actual player as well. For example, their name tends to show up as a different color, their tells have a different lead-in message, their shouts are more audible than player shouts are, and usually more impressive as well). All this creates such a sense of presence and power, without the God even doing anything, that the pictures rarely match.
In other words, and this is just my opinion as a player, but the pictures are technically correct, and generally well done, but some of them haven't seemed stylistically ideal.
If you're drawing a hardboiled, noir detective, you might want to draw the picture to be dark, gritty, maybe even moody. The Phaestus one had him at a well-lit bagel shop during a sunday morning, which is fine, even hardboiled detectives need their breakfast, but it doesn't fully explain the character. This one has the detective in his office, but instead of being a silhouette smoking a cigarette in a dark room, lamenting how all his problems involve crazy broads, mobsters with guns, or both, there's no excessive dark visuals at all, and he's just sort of going through files or something.
The pictures certainly have detectives in them, and they're often well-done pictures of detectives, but you're trying to tell me that these two detectives are the hardboiled ones, and that the ones that're gunning down mobsters are the boring paper-pusher kind.
ETA: That said, this one does feel like a God to me, but I think that's the Greek visuals plus him being underwater. I'm too lazy to fix my metaphor, though!
Remember that Neraeos is not the God of the Oceans. That was Caspian, his father, whom I'd envision more like the above, if not so over-the-top. @Kresslack Well, his current desc sounds like Fylakas, though it's not identical in detail. Similar though.
He's even got like, wet sand on him and stuff. Plus his bro's the God of Thunder and Lightning so you know he's got a pedigree. >_>
I get Sarapis' frustration with the 'y u no look like god' comments. But the problem is that the opening line of their DESCRIPTION is 's/he is a radiant immortal'. So, somehow, they all look like radiant immortals, whether or not they're wearing the onesies or ninja socks. It would be no different if somebody put up a picture of an ugly woman and somebody complained 'Well that doesn't look like a Siren'. Well, the Siren help file clearly states that Siren appearance is as varied as definitions of beauty; that is, a Siren could conceivably look like pretty much anything. But 'it doesn't look like a Siren' would still be a valid complaint.I suspect that the whole radiant immortal thing isn't just about physical appearance, it's more about the 'feel' that the god exudes, but the only way to convey that sense through a picture is to make it physically present in the picture somehow.
Sarapis said:Radiant is in no way about giving off rays of light or anything like that, at least in that use there. It's just a word I chose to put in front of the descriptions of Gods 14 years ago or whatever that I liked and seemed fitting. Similarly to how a "glowing" bride on her wedding day is not actually glowing.
I really like all the pictures of the Divine, my only "pet dislike" is that they are all in odd poses with almost emotionless/blank expressions on their faces.
The thing I absolutely love about the race/class pictures is that each is in action and they have great emotion expressed. I would have loved to have seen the Divine pictures done in a similar style.
Other than that keep them rolling out, I love them!
tbh my first thought on seeing the artwork was this:which then made me think this:and then it escalated to this:(Fabio, the most beautiful man in the Cosmos — character played by Shaun Micallef)I'm sorrrrrryyyyy!!!