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Fan Friday Once Again

Fan Fridays are always popular within the SWTOR community, and this week’s was no exception.

As the game’s release date draws ever closer more and more artistically inclined fans are coming into the community, which has seen a huge amount of original (and exceptionally good) artwork flood the forums.

Out of the kindness of their hearts the Bioware blog writers acknowledge many of the most outstanding works in their weekly posts, which thankfully helps to encourage similar artists to show off their talents.

Also featured are some of the games most popular blogs, which even though they attract visitors away from the main site, help to increase general interest in the game none the less.

This weeks article featured one of our spin off blogs, SWTOR Life, which was started by the SWTOR Republic team as an outlet for more trivial news and speculation we did not feel appropriate for this main site. In this role it has so far done a great job, and on the occasional week it might even draw similar numbers to this, our main site!

As release looms more blogs will come out, many of which will attempt to copy the old and more mature websites already in place. As many in the blogger-sphere know this is almost inevitable in any new area, so we shall patiently await whatever ideas are thrown our way.

For next weeks friday feature, a leaked internal E-mail from Bioware revealed a new article the likes of which, I quote, ‘ Players have never seen’. This seems like something great to look forward to, but also brings a foreboding message, as this could easily be a turn for the worse, rather than good.

Lets just hope that with new information will come the same quality seen to date, and that the avid fans will continue with current efforts to produce an ever growing wealth of concept art!

A fan's idea of a holocron.

A fan's idea of a holocron.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by neft - June 10, 2011 at 15:43

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Fan Art in The Old Republic

A fan's impression of a Wookiee

A fan's impression of a Wookiee

Along side the many pieces of concept art released by the developers of The Old Republic, there has been an incredible wealth of fan-made art, most of which is of an incredibly high quality.

A lot of this can be found on the SWTOR forums, as well as websites such as DeviantArt which have long been go-to places for computer artists from around the world.

Players tend to create art about whatever they are interested in, so to date there have been many many pictures of Jedi in various combat situations. Most of these artworks are produced in software such as photoshop, which may surprise many people as being an incredibly powerful tool for drawing and creating otherwise original artwork from scratch.

These concept art works are generally free from copyright, so can be reproduced at will by interested fans. However, it is still good to leave any artist’s signature in tact, as they have put hours of work into each piece.

Bioware has kindly featured many of their fan’s works in their blog and news posts, which is a very good thing to do for the community. Not only does it show players what others are doing, but it gives the artists good publicity, which could even help their job prospects and professional reputations.

Below is an example of a Fan’s art work, and the skill and dexterity of the artist can clearly be seen. Who would have known photoshop, originally an image editing program, could produce such imagery from scratch.

A piece by Redding depicting a Jedi and Krayt Dragon face off.

A piece by Redding depicting a Jedi and Krayt Dragon face off.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by neft - March 22, 2011 at 10:35

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