To steal a music term, the hook of a song is that thing that, well, hooks you in and makes you wanna remember the song. So how does that pertain to design you ask? Well early on in the DA:I project I decided to treat the appeal of the characters I designed not through the eye of the beholder, compiling massive reference sheet of beautiful people and picking features I found appealing. Instead I decided to look through the lens of the narrative, and find their hook. I just found beauty too subjective, too mushy too, too, well lets just say I didn’t find it adequate. Luckily for me a lot of the talented people at Bioware believe in narrative so it wasn’t a hard sell to change the thinking and discussion away from “do I like what that looks like” to “does that visually say what we want”.
In the above example of Cassandra. Her hook is her power and authority. So then the trick was merely to use visual language to tell that story. I no longer had to justify what I thought was attractive. Her face became all about her aggression. Through the angle of her facial structure to the angle of her ears. It all became about giving her a strong aggressive forward visual flow.
— Casper Konefal (x)
i know i said that i was regulating fandom stuff to the new blog
but come on how can i not reblog this?
dragon age 3 LIs leaked for valentine’s day: dorian pavus is, in fact, a LI, but dumps you halfway through the second act if you can’t accept his intense moustache grooming habits
it’ll be like theran cedrax all over again
he breaks up with you because his moustache doesn’t think he’s paying enough attention to it anymore
don’t even pretend you didn’t spend half the arishok duel running in circles screaming and trying to not get stabbed while you waited for a health potion to be available again don’t even pretend
my ideal weight is me plus the box for dragon age: inquisition because i am holding it. in my hands
I’m really excited for Dragon Age: Inquisition but then I remember there’s likely to be more than one Fade sequence and I just
I think my actual favorite thing is that the Warden’s presents are always perfect- antivan leather boots that smell like home, your mothers amulet, the sword that represents your soul
whereas Hawke just fucks it up so badly- a book when you can’t read, and amulet that would totally get you killed if you wore it in public, a fertility amulet, and a gaudy shield named after a shamed knight
Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Dragon Age Big Bang! Where ambitious authors sign up to write at least 10,000 words about characters from the video game and tie-in media, and awesome fan artists illustrate or set them to music.
This round is going to work slightly different than previous rounds. Our surveys indicated that an overwhelming majority of our past and future participants currently spend more time on Tumblr than on LiveJournal. So, we’re going to run this round primarily through Tumblr and Google Forms. Note: all announcements and reminders will still be cross-posted to LiveJournal! So if you prefer getting your updates on LJ, you will still be able to! But posts will likely go up slightly faster on Tumblr, and we expect most of the public interaction to occur on Tumblr.
The 2014 Dragon Age Big Bang Schedule:
Author sign-ups: January 12th-January 31st
Artist sign-ups: January 12th-March 21st
Mandatory author check-in: February 28th
Rough drafts due: March 20th
Artist story claiming: March 22nd
Mandatory artist check-in: April 11th
Final drafts/art due: April 24th
Posting begins: April 28th
Sign-up forms will be linked in separate posts to follow.
Interested? All the information you might possibly need is below!
i want to do this again so bad but i also wanted to die by the time i finished my fic last year so we’ll see.
signal boosting for anyone else interested in the meantime!