Graphic Artist Wanted

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(New thread because the replies in the old thread only focused on division name suggestions. This thread is not for suggestions on division names!)

Hello everyone,

have you ever wondered how you can contribute to FAF without any coding knowledge? Now is your time: we are looking for someone to design the icons and graphics for the upcoming league system.
As you may have heard, there is a league system in the making to bring back divisions like you know them from many other competitive multiplayer games. The backend logic is almost finished now, and we are actively working on client integration. There is only one thing missing now: The actual names for the divisions plus icons to represent them.
We will have a tiered system: There are five tiers with five subdivisions (I-V) each and then one top tier that has no subdivisions.
For the graphic side of things, we plan to show small icons in the matchmaking tab, so they should be 20 pixels high and no more than 40 pixels wide.
We also want to show a big version in a new leaderboard tab. The design there is not finished yet, but I estimate that there will be around 150-200 pixels of height available. You can see a first idea for the new leaderboard below. The big division graphic goes where the empty rectangle is.
The division names shown here are preliminary. If you have good ideas for visuals that require you to deviate from the current names, talk to me and we can work something out.
mockup.png

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@BlackYps said in Graphic Artist Wanted:

We plan to show small icons in the matchmaking tab, so they should be 20 pixels high and no more than 40 pixels wide. five tiers with five subdivisions (I-V) each and then one top tier that has no subdivisions.

T1 :
tier1-subdivision1.png
tier1-subdivision2.png
tier1-subdivision3.png
tier1-subdivision4.png
tier1-subdivision5.png

T2 :
tier2-subdivision1.png
tier2-subdivision2.png
tier2-subdivision3.png
tier2-subdivision4.png
tier2-subdivision5.png

T3 :
tier3-subdivision1.png
tier3-subdivision2.png
tier3-subdivision3.png.png
tier3-subdivision4.png
tier3-subdivision5.png

T4 :
tier4-subdivision1.png
tier4-subdivision2.png
tier4-subdivision3.png
tier4-subdivision4.png
tier4-subdivision5.png

T5 :
tier5-subdivision1.png
tier5-subdivision2.png
tier5-subdivision3.png
tier5-subdivision4.png
tier5-subdivision5.png

Final Tier :
tierbanners(1).png

rejected ideas : finaltier.png tierbanners.png

We also want to show a big version in a new leaderboard tab. The design there is not finished yet, but I estimate that there will be around 150-200 pixels of height available. You can see a first idea for the new leaderboard below. The big division graphic goes where the empty rectangle is.

big version pending approval of small version...

(two options, I could either redraw them in 400 x 200 beat for beat or I could start fresh on a 400 x 200 canvas, preserve the colors, but replace the numbers with icons and try to find something that works to communicate that subdivision )

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There a chance to say multiple entries from say various sources might be used to complete the icon listing??

Thanks

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Can you rephrase that?

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@BlackYps Icons from more than one person entering icons to be used, say multiple winners.

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Sure, that's possible. This is not a competition. But it's an unlikely scenario, because the style should be consistent.

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I mean it's not entirely out of the question either.

look at what happened with FAF achievements : @Exotic_Retard drew a couple bases and I turned some of those into a couple other bases, tweaked them a bit, used that full compilation of bases and added the innards.

The achievements as they stand today are a collaboration between me and Exotic.

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arnt they jsut a rip from the Council Badges kinda ?

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yup.

although....

  • the council badges have a ribbon that ends in a cut tip
  • they have three ribbons (two more)
  • they have a thicker ribbon (except for tier 5 and tier 6, which is thicker)
  • they have the faf logo which occupies more space in the center and make them pop more thanks to all that volume of color.

overall I feel like these defer to the council badges whilst harboring a theme for badges as a whole.

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Do the tiers themselves need icons also or just the subdivisions?

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@Mvk_- for the 20x40 or the 200x400 versions?

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What tatsu did is what we would need.

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Should there be a background for them (eg. a colour backdrop behind the icon)? Tempted to have a go at this when I have some spare time

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I came up with these, tried to go for a UEF commander look. I had a lot of fun making them!

faf rank concepts small.png

EDIT: Slightly improved(?) version!

faf rank concepts small v2.png

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@GGhost272 Like a sequentially upgrading mask, very cool!

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I'd like to make a new second entry for a second style :

T1 :
RankTwo_div1.png RankTwo_div2.png RankTwo_div3.png RankTwo_div4.png RankTwo_div5.png

T2 :
New Project(2).pngNew Project(5).pngNew Project(4).pngNew Project(3).pngNew Project(6).png

T3 :
RankThree_div1.png RankThree_div2.png RankThree_div3.png RankThree_div4.png RankThree_div5.png

T4 :
RankFour_div1.png RankFour_div2.png RankFour_div3.png RankFour_div4.png RankFour_div5.png

T5 :
rankFive_div1.pngrankFive_div2.png rankFive_div3.png RankFive_div4.png RankFive_div5.png

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@tatsu Looks cool but I think just changing the size makes it pretty hard to tell between the sub tiers. Like if you just see one of them you won't be sure if it's tier 2 or 3 because they both look too similar.

Here's my idea, although I'm not particularly good at the graphics so maybe someone wants to take inspiration from it and come up with their own version, or just use this as a base and make it better. Go for it, you have full permission!

Rank Icons Idea.png

Divisions are differentiated by color, sub-divisions are differentiated by the number of stripes or stars and the final tier gets its own special icon. I tried to go for the commander mask, but it could be anything so long as it strikes fear into the hearts of your enemies.

I guess you need to be careful with colors because of colorblindness, so maybe the border should get progressively more fancy as you go up divisions. Something like

Bronze -> no border
Silver -> Top and bottom
Gold -> Full border plain
Diamond -> Full border embellished
Master -> Even more embellished

Anyway, I've spent too much time making this already 😛

Edit: I worked on polishing it up and heres what I came up with. I kindof made the mistake of assuming the rank numbers increase as you gain rank, but it's supposed to be the opposite. These icons make more sense if subdivision 5 is the top and 1 is the bottom.
Rank Icons2.png

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I like askaholics ideas, but I wanted to put out the reminder:
you need to attempt to communicate the fact that metal elements are in fact: metal.

Otherwise it’s a bit hard to assume people will think bronze is not just “brown” or diamond not “cyan”

Don’t know why master rank needs to be purple, seems a bit strange and doesn’t hold any significance, if you’re going to add in reflections to communicate the metal, maybe give the purple some blue (or green) shine to make it more of a gemstone? Just a thought

The old uef acu mask looks absolutely terrible, don’t feel the need to use that. I would try just a basic crown or something easy to communicate

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@GGhost272 That looks amazing! I would be motivated to get those to show off.

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