I'm looking for artists to help develop an ARPG fantasy game concept into a demo. Initially this will be non-paid, but the ultimate goal is to build a team that gets paid for their work, and we make more than just a demo.
At this stage I have a working game engine and interface, a loose game plot/script (more fleshed out for the demo than the final game), and the 3D world concept, but little to no graphics to realize the project. While I'm a fair hand at Photoshop and 3DS Max, I'm more programmer than artist, and really need a lot of help making skill icons and "3D" menus, and creating rigged and animated models for the game. As such I don't have anything to show you, except to say that the game's specific intent is to break as many fantasy ARPG paradigms as possible, from interface to game play to story. For instance, there are no restrictions on skills a character may learn (other than some obvious pre-requisites), a totally different way of handling character death that creates its own design space, an undead companion that may change its skills to suit your needs, no forms of droppable health or mana recovery (eg potions, healing orbs), and randomly generated enemies crafted to abuse their skill trees. The game villain character is also somewhat unexpected. Nothing is seen as sacred, except the need for beautiful 2D and 3D graphics.
I would greatly appreciate any help in getting this project off the ground, even if it's just a few 48x48 transparent background skill icons generic to the fantasy genre (fireballs, swinging swords, skulls, lightning bolts), or some modelled and textured rocks, walls, buildings, or animated zombies. Once I have something that actually begins to look like a game I can take the next step and actually show people what the project is about, and to build and pay a team working towards a final product with proper graphical guidelines.
If possible give me files as close to the source as possible (eg .max or .psd files if you use max or photoshop), and please expect me to modify or re-use all or parts of your submitted work in order to get the most out of it. I will not fail to give credit where it is due.
You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in helping out, understanding what file types I can use, or learning a bit more about what graphics are needed (right now anything goes - seriously). I will update this thread as things progress.