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Old 05/12/2017   #1
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Default TLS Family Portrait Idear

Ça va, mes amis? Hope this finds you well.

The 10th Anniversary of this beautiful site will fall on 25 September 2018. In order to mark this occasion, I'm putting together a family portrait-esque picture put together of all the active members’ avatars of this forum! If you will please...

The Presentation

The avatar will be separated by rows that are marked by the date that each person joined. If needs be, there will be two rows of the same year, etc. Like so.



The name of one’s avatar will be hovering over their person and the avatar will be drawn in a 'Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth'-esque chibi style. Such as the base models you see here.


Just keep in mind, however, that I'm not restraining myself to the body types you see here. If you ask, I try and portray any sort of body specification that you'd like.


The possibilities are endless!



The Representation

The participants of the portrait will be separated in a sort of ‘The Sims’ style:
‘08 - ‘10 being “elders”
‘11 - ‘12 being “adults”
‘13 - ‘14 being “teens”
‘15 - ‘16 being “children”
‘17 - ‘18 being “babies”



You can choose what age you want to represented as, but your position within the portrait will remain the same. For example: if you joined in '15 and want to be portrayed as an adult, that's fine, but that doesn't mean you're going to be situated where the '11 and -'12s are.

If you fail to specify what age you want to be, I'm just going to age you according to your year.



The Method

First, those interested in being in the portrait need to express said interest. Getting explicit permission for this sort of thing is important to me. Failing to do so is like showing up late to the studio where the portraits being taken! After getting permission, I will add them to list of pending avatars under whatever year group they belong in, and as I consult with everyone about what their avatar in the portrait is going to look like, I’ll have a [ - ] symbol next to their name indicating that they’re a work in progress. [ x ]s will mean their avatar is finished.



If for whatever reason we fail to reach some conclusion, I'll just draw whatever current avatar that person has.

Given the scale of this project, I want to try to keep each avatar as simple as possible. That is, if someone comes forth with the request that they'd like to be depicted as a Godzilla-type beast fighting an army of a thousand choppers in the distant background, I’ll have to kindly decline unless they're Cthulhu

Speaking of depictions, one’s avatar in the portrait does not have to look exactly like the one that they’re sporting on the forums. This would especially ring true for those who do not have a human, humanoid, animal, or anthropomorphic (etc etc something with a FACE etc) avatar. This representation can be a favourite past avatar, a favourite FF character (if there are several of the same FF character, I’ll just have to work with each person to try and make their version of the character as different as possible through use of colour palettes, expressions, poses etc), or even how you look in real life.

Whatever best represents your presence on TLS.


The Means

My medium for digital drawings is Photoshop CS6. Each avatar will have not only its own PSD file, but it will have its own layer within the final picture. Therefore, there are no qualms if I have to make some adjustments to a single avatar as it exists separately from the rest of the picture.


Oh, and you get to keep your avatar to do whatever you please with it. Consider it my gift to you.

.~.~.~.~.~.

Portrait Participants (So Far)
Each group is listed in alphabetical order. Note that this does not reflect the order in which the avatars are being done. If you thank this post, I'm going to assume you want to be added unless I'm told otherwise.

If would be super helpful if everyone who's interested in being in the portrait responded (either in this thread or in a private message) to this little survey:

Survey Says wrote:
  1. Would you like your avatar in the portrait to reflect the avatar you have on the forum as of the time of this exchange?
    >If not, please send me a photo of the image you’d like portrayed in your portrait avatar (it can be an image of yourself, a favourite character, a pet etc etc).
  2. Do you want a name other than your current username hovering over your avatar?
  3. Do you have any preferences for the age you’re portrayed as?
    >If not, you’ll be portrayed as whatever group you belong in.
  4. Do you have any preference as for the type of expression/attitude/pose your avatar is sporting? (default is neutral/looking generally content).
  5. Do you have any other specifications you’d like to include (certain clothes, certain colours, SMALL no buster swords or anything like that. Remember, simple and clean (isthewaythatyouremakingmefeeltonight!!) accessories, etc)?


If you do, your chibi gets first priorities. If you don't, I'll seek you out eventually and ask them anyway lol.

Note that someone's position in the queue doesn't necessarily determine if their avatar gets finished before someone else's. That depends heavily on communication. I just set it up this way so that I know who gets priority over someone else.

VISUAL EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS WORKS



Here's a link to the album of finished avatars.

Elders
Elders '08-'10 wrote: [ X ] Alex Strife
[ X ] Carlie
[ x ] Channy

[ - ] Cthulhu
[ ] Dark and Divine
[ ] Dawnbreaker
[ X ] Ghost X
[ X ] Joe
[ X ] Kimble
[ X ] Kionae
[ X ] LicoriceAllsorts
[ X ] lithiumkatana17
[ X ] Mage
[ X ] Minato
[ X ] Mr. Ite
[ X ] Obsidian Fire
[ X ] Octo

[ ] robotwarui
[ - ] Shademp
[ X ] Tetsujin
[ X ] wander
[ X ] X-SOLDIER


Adults
Adults '11 - '12 wrote: [ X ] AvecAloes
[ X ] Flintlock
[ X ] Teioh


Teens
Teens '13 - '14 wrote: [ X ] Clement Rage
[ X ] Darth

[ - ] Tel
[ X ] Remnant-of-VII
[ ] Ryvius


Kiddies
Kiddies '15 - '16 wrote: [ ] Amizon
[ X ] Anemone
[ X ] CrashOuch
[ X ] Flare
[ X ] SeaDragon
[ X ] Unit-01


Babes
"Widdle Babies '17 - '18 wrote: [ ]BforBrigitta
[ X ] ChipNoir
[ X ] demonwolf

[ ] FancySycamoreTree
[ X ] Mao Shizhong
[ X ]solo player sab



Last edited by f a n c y; 05/13/2018 at 01:10 AM. Reason: Latest Participant(s): Ergo Proxy. Latest WIP: Tel; Latest Finished Chibi: solo player sab
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Old 05/12/2017   #2
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I love it!
Can I be an elder please?
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Old 05/12/2017   #3
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this is a really neat idea
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Can I be a Mr Potato head in honour of the late Mr Rickles? j/k. I like being drawn, feel free to draw me (that goes to anyone) . I have very defining features .
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I think it's a fantastic idea and would love to have an avatar of me in this uber awesome family photo <3 <3
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Old 05/12/2017   #6
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I like this plan, I'm excited to be a part of it!

Although I don't know how exactly I should be represented. I think I like art style A the best - seems like it's the most adaptable to different peoples features if that makes sense?
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Old 05/12/2017   #7
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Ohhhhhh this sounds cool, I'm in.
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Old 05/12/2017   #8
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The positive response so far ...


LicoriceAllsorts wrote: I love it!
Can I be an elder please?
Haha, of course! In fact, upon further though, I'm just going to give people the change to choose what age their want their avatars to be portrayed. So you can be a '10 and choose to be a baby and a '16 and choose to be an elder etc lol. The rows will remain the same though.

Joker wrote: this is a really neat idea
Yay! Thanks!

Ghost X wrote: Can I be a Mr Potato head in honour of the late Mr Rickles? j/k. I like being drawn, feel free to draw me (that goes to anyone) . I have very defining features .
Flare wrote: I think it's a fantastic idea and would love to have an avatar of me in this uber awesome family photo <3 <3
Gentleman Inspector Hildibrand wrote: Ohhhhhh this sounds cool, I'm in.
Mwuahahha I'm excited~~ You have all been noted!

Octo wrote: I like this plan, I'm excited to be a part of it!

Although I don't know how exactly I should be represented. I think I like art style A the best - seems like it's the most adaptable to different peoples features if that makes sense?
Thanks for the input!

Last edited by f a n c y; 05/20/2017 at 11:10 AM. Reason: WE'RE STICKING WITH STYLE A
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Old 05/12/2017   #9
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Style A is my favorite, but Style C might also work if Style A causes an overload of facial emoting (due to the sheer number of people on the picture). Style B is no-no.
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Yeah, style A.
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Shademp wrote: Style A is my favorite, but Style C might also work if Style A causes an overload of facial emoting (due to the sheer number of people on the picture). Style B is no-no.
Right, right, that's why I want to get this ball rolling as soon as possible!

My immediate impression based on what everyone has been saying so far is that Style A is going to win out. I wanted to keep the option open for a solid month or so. Dunno! Haha, this is the first time I've tried to organise a project on this scale. Eep.

Also, to everyone in general, those who liked the initial post got added to the portrait....let me know if you wanna be taken out.
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I'm happy to be included and my style preferences are C > A > B.
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I'd love to be included, and I like style A the best
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Old 05/12/2017   #14
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Do I have to look old if I'm an elder? I don't mind looking mature but not like old old Also can I be wearing a t-shirt with an octorok on it? Can be as simple as you like. Or even just any reference to octopi worked in there. I'm not fussy.
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Old 05/12/2017   #15
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You don't have to look elderly at all haha! Thanks for specifying! <3 I was going to send everyone their own individual avatars (since people are going to be covered up by other people in the portrait), and I'd like everyone to be somewhat happy with theirs.

Yeah, I'm not sure if I've made that super clear lol. I was going to make everyone look representative of their "age" group unless they specifically request something else. Now I'm wondering if it would be easier to make everyone "adults" unless they specify that they'd like to look like a babe or whatever...

But yeah, again, your preferences have been noted! Yay.

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