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Maybe I just couldn't find a thread on it, but has there been any discussion on the portrait art for PE?  

 

Also I might be outing myself here, but I preferred the BGII portraits to all other portrait from the IE games. 

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I think the portraits in the Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale games were truly fantastic, especially when compared to alot of contemporary games like Might and Magic 7-9  and Wizardry 8, I also think they hold up very well compared to many modern games. Though I loved Torment, I felt the portrait art in that game was the weakest among the infinity engine games.

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...Unca Fergie gotta pay up an' git Justin Sweet ta create a few new masterpieces...;)

 

 

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Justin Sweet and Jason Manley are cool and all but I'm really impressed by Kaz, the designated portrait artist.

 

http://media.obsidian.net/eternity/media/updates/0040/orlan.jpg

 

http://eternity.gamepedia.com/File:Dwarf_ranger.jpeg

 

Errr..that didn't work quite right. Darn iOS.

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Justin Sweet and Jason Manley are cool and all but I'm really impressed by Kaz, the designated portrait artist.

I vote that the three of them form a coalition, known only as the Portrait Posse. The results will ensure portraits so overbearingly glorious that none of us ever even make it past the character creation screen.

Should we not start with some Ipelagos, or at least some Greater Ipelagos, before tackling a named Arch Ipelago? 6_u

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So far, I feel as happy with the portrait stuff that has been shown so far as I am with any of the other IE games. Everything seems very much in hand.

 

Though to be honest, as long as they include the ability to use custom portraits, everything will be fine.

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Justin Sweet and Jason Manley are cool and all but I'm really impressed by Kaz, the designated portrait artist.

 

http://media.obsidian.net/eternity/media/updates/0040/orlan.jpg

 

http://eternity.gamepedia.com/File:Dwarf_ranger.jpeg

 

Errr..that didn't work quite right. Darn iOS.

 

Oh! I didn't know that person was doing the portrait art.  I still prefer the BGII look but these are really nice too.

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I have to say, I prefered the Baldur's Gate 1 portraits over BG2 portraits, the latter actually seemed really bad and horrible to me with their faces actually looking disfigured due to the proportions used, while the former seemed more colourful and detailed, conveying the characters more.

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I always thought that the BG2 portraits had an excess of scars. To be honest, I just used some portrait mod anyway, so meh.

 

I do think that for the PC and AH characters, the ability to import a portrait should be implemented.

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Tats and scars. And ear piercings. Lets not overlook the gratuitus piercings.

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In my mind, that will always be Auric Ulvin. (If you'll pardon the reference to a semi-famous Civ IV mod...)

 

 

Justin Sweet and Jason Manley are cool and all but I'm really impressed by Kaz, the designated portrait artist.

 

http://media.obsidian.net/eternity/media/updates/0040/orlan.jpg

 

http://eternity.gamepedia.com/File:Dwarf_ranger.jpeg

 

Errr..that didn't work quite right. Darn iOS.

That inspires a lot of optimism, though. Like the painterly style; the characters are distinct and you get a feel for their personality. Even though I'll probably end up using a custom portrait for my PC anyways.

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I always used those portraits of movie stars-done-BG2 style. Arnie with a cigar in plate armour. Seth Green as an elf. Etc.

 

As the man said, as long as there is the option for custom ports then it's all good.

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Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale series... either way great pictures. Doesn't matter to me, as long as Project Eternity portraits will have nothing in common with Neverwinter Nights portraits (yuk) ;)

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Justin Sweet is one my favorite artists so I must prefer the icewind sale style. I enjoy the slightly more painterly and low contrast look of them. While I did enjoy the BG2 portaits everybody looked overly shiney, almost plastic, and there was just too much detail. I like to let my mind sort of fill in the gaps in a player portrait so it can look a bit more like the person I evisioned in my head so things need to be little vauge for me to do that.

Still I imagine they'll allow custom portaits so I think people will get whatever they like best in the end anyway as well import our favorites.

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I did like most of the BGII Portraits, but...

 

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...er...

*shudder*

 

the japanese anime/manga aesthetic gives us the heebie-jeebies. creepy looking lemurs is what your idealized imoen looks like to us.

 

 

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HA! Good Fun!

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*Sighs*

 

  • It amused me, just because BGI Imoen portrait was fairly pretty, and then the second one made it look like she'd swallowed a wasp.
  • The whole anime thing was just the style of the cartoonist who did the comic, rather than my personal preference.
  • It was just an attempt at injecting some comedy, rather than making a particular point...
  • ...but if there is one, it's that the BGII portrait styles seemed less forgiving to the females than other IE portraits...
  • ...which is not necessarily a bad thing, since females should be more than just eye-candy...
  • ...which makes the above cartoon a bit offensive, since we should be rescuing Imoen regardless of what she looks like...
  • ...but it was just a joke and probably shouldn't be taken too seriously.

 

I knew I should've brought my anime/jrpg disclaimer.

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I have to say, I prefered the Baldur's Gate 1 portraits over BG2 portraits, the latter actually seemed really bad and horrible to me with their faces actually looking disfigured due to the proportions used, while the former seemed more colourful and detailed, conveying the characters more.

 

Agreed on all points. The BG2 portraits were also endemic with dread-locks. Icewind Dale portraits were nice, but I found them a bit bleak for my tastes. I imagine this was done to convey the darker and more harsh setting of Icewind Dale, but I still prefered the color and character of Baldur's Gate portaits. Portraits in Temple of Elemental Evil and Arcanum felt equally drab.

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