I have been working on a new personal game project. It's not a board game, but I could see doing a Card Game version of it. I have a really neat Dice Mechanic that could be a lot of fun to explore with this idea. I have been making good progress with the game design and I hired an artists to get some traction on the visuals. So far I would say that is has been going really well.
Here is what the Elite Unit started out as. On the right you can see my art direction making suggestions of the parts of the design I was not happy with.
The second round was much closer to what I was looking for. I didn't like the head design or the size, but for the most part that was it. There was a third version where I was still not happy with the head design, it was so similar to this version, its not worth adding another image. In the end Nick came up with this head design that I really like.
The final version he added some darker shadows and additional details, but the major shape didn't change. The total time was about 2 days of back and forth emails (mainly because Nick lives in Greece).
I have been posting the final images to Facebook, but this is the first time I have talked about the Art Direction and the whole process. I have really enjoyed working with Nick. His rendering skill and ability to interpret my insane direction is amazing.
You can find the original posting here: Facebook.com/pages/Gorgon-Interactive