I’m Soul Reaver, and I’m looking for a capable 2D artist to produce some art for ‘To the Bitter End’, a custom campaign for Warcraft III: the Frozen Throne.
Description of ‘To the Bitter End’
To the Bitter End is a single player “action RPG” with some strategy elements. It is set in one of the planes of a large and varied multiverse, and follows the Companions, a group of immortal warriors from a myriad of dimensions as they attempt to overthrow an evil tyrant. There’s a lot of storyline material on the manual on the official site, so take a look at http://www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend/manual.htm for more info.
To the Bitter End is not a commercial product – it’s largely a labour of love and is made almost entirely by myself. As a result, I cannot pay you for your troubles, but I hope that it will provide a valuable and entertaining challenge and some exposure for a willing artist. The work will be prominently displayed on the title screen and your name will go into the Credits.
This should get your work seen by a fairly large number of people, as To the Bitter End is available freely for download from the official site and distributed by various other Warcraft III file hosts at no cost. It is quite a popular campaign as far as single-player campaigns go, and has a history of top-notch user ratings. I fairly regularly receive e-mails containing praise or inquiries about the project. Furthermore, there was even a project to translate To the Bitter End into Chinese (admittedly without my consent, but which I nonetheless feel flattered by), which gleaned about 30 000 downloads for each Chapter that had been released at that time.
To the Bitter End is being released in an episodic nature, divided by Chapters. Chapters I-VII have all been released and are now fully playable (though officially they are still classed as Beta releases). Only Chapter VIII and the Prologue and Epilogue cinematics still need to be completed, so it is nearing its final release.
Upon completion, To the Bitter End will be available as a single ‘Campaign File’ download, but I need someone to create some 2D art for the full-screen ‘title’ page for the Chapter Selection menu. The final product will be a 1024x768 pixel sized image, which, in game, will be partially overlayed on one side with a few chapter selection buttons and a little bit of text.
I already have a good idea of what I would like included on this title screen, and the look of the characters has already been established in the game, so the artist would have to be willing to take some direction on this, but I am open to suggestions for changing various aspects of my idea.
The artist I am looking for should have a penchant for color fantasy art, preferably with a realistic (as opposed to cartoonish) ‘painted’ look. However, I am grateful for any takers and willing to consider other styles as well.
Reference Material Available
Ideally the artist would have access to Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne so that they could download and play the existing Chapters a little to get an idea of the aesthetic, but this isn’t a requirement by any means.
I can supply written descriptions of the characters, as well as in-game screenshots of the 3D models used if required.
Also, if you will forgive the rather mediocre quality of my own artwork, I have uploaded some of my old sketches based on the same setting on my DeviantArt account at http://masterreaver.deviantart.com/. A few other images from myself and other artists can also be supplied.
If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com and if possible send me a link to some of your work.