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Stretch Goal - hire Justin Sweet to make portraits.

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We need more Justin Sweet in this topic :

 

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Perhaps the best Paladin portrait ever.

i always liked this pic but is this book levitating cuz i can see his hands holding it also left arm is somewhat strange

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We need more Justin Sweet in this topic :

 

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Perhaps the best Paladin portrait ever.

i always liked this pic but is this book levitating cuz i can see his hands holding it also left arm is somewhat strange

 

Yeah, the arm's slightly too long I think. Still an amazing piece of artwork, however. I particularly like the armour design. And the fact that the portrait screams "Icewind Dale".

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I liked the concept art in update #2. I would be totally fine with art like that for portraits and stuff.

But I gotta agree, Sweet has some unique and really eye-pleasing art.

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I think the fact that after all these years there's plenty of people using Icewind Dale portraits for their avatars on these forums speaks for itself...

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The bodies are drawn very detailed, but I found the "high res" BG2 portraits more to my liking.

They had more color and liveliness as the above example. (I just saw an Imoen Avatar above I think)

The pictures here look beautiful - yes - but a bit lifeless and more suited for nameless characters.

But that is just my opinion.

 

Personally I don't like the BG2 portraits. especially compared to Icewind Dale ones. There are maybe one or two portraits in BG2 that are just barely passable....maybe that's an exaggeration but the Icewind Dale ones have a better style, atmosphere, and aesthetic.

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TBH I think my favorite fantasy style I've come across is whoever did the ToEE portraits. Anyone know who it was?

 

Also some of the artists doing the Magic cards are pretty amazing.

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I would to see this happen.

 

When I booted IWD up back then the first time, I was awestruck by the sheer awesomeness of the artistic style on the portraits. Its an art style that really "does it" for me.

 

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These pics bring back great memories of IWD. I remember fiddling around during the early internet days to track down BG2 suitable versions of his images.

 

Definitely yes.


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That would be cool indeed.

 

I don't want Obsidian limiting their options though.

 

:cat: Much as I love Sweet's work I also have to think of this. Maybe we could get portraits as stretch goals from whomever they are getting their art from now?

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How much money do we need for Boris Vallejo?

 

EDIT: and before someone sneers, Vallejo made a quite a few covers for legendary games

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How much money do we need for Boris Vallejo?

 

EDIT: and before someone sneers, Vallejo made a quite a few covers for legendary games

 

Interesting. I like his work better than Sweet's. It reminds me a bit of David Sutherland's famous cover illustration on the second edition Dungeon Master's Guide.


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Anything but the god-awful Baldur's Gate 2 style. Never again.

 

All the other games; the Original Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale 1/2; all of those had amazing portraits. I loved them. Just give me lots and lots of choices, at least two for every single class/race combination, four counting gender.

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