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Kurt Van Hoeyveld
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I was wondering. When trying to design a game and creating (early) prototypes, you can't be sure if it will ever evolve into a full grown, complete game.

So, it seems a bit crazy to pay an artist before loads of playtesting and feeling very confident about the (future of the) game. But I often see prototypes with quite decent artwork. Do these designers use art from the internet just as a guideline? Do they have the drawing ability themselves? Do they actually hire an artist so soon?
 
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Jason D. Kingsley
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Probably all of the above. Are you asking because you're wondering when to hire an artist?
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Yes indeed, and also if it is ok to use random artwork from te internet only for prototype use.
 
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There are a lot of thoughts on both topics — maybe someone who's asked before or commented extensively somewhere will be kind enough to link to another thread.

A short answer might be: 1) Don't hire an artist unless you're self-publishing. 2) Always ask for permission if at all possible (because it's the decent thing to do) or use free / public domain / credit-only artwork.

Don't be in a rush to add artwork. It can be a distraction, use up time, hinder exploration, and possibly prevent needed changes.
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Sebastián Koziner
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I'm an artist, and usually work cheap/free for prototypes, just for the fun of doing it if the game is appealing. I think it may be more people like me around
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I'll keep that in mind ;-)
 
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Until you can play the game several times through and it plays the way you wish it to play and you have the feeling from the theme you wish to have do not worry about art. You might want to get a picture or two to help you set the theme these can be pics off the net for your personal in house use for theme, sometimes it helps if you are stuck. once the game plays the way you want, you should take the next step and consider art for a prototype.

and art can change drastically once you are into the art process. so dont kill yourself on prototype art.

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