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Briiian Tsui

Sharing my 2D artist-network: Ask me if you want to contact them

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I happen to know a Taiwan based artist community and I am here to offer some networking.

I am currently recruiting artists over there, and this is where all the portfolios are located:




They speak minimal English, so I am taking up the role of the mediator. 


About them:

> They are mostly located in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

> To give an estimate, the refined painting as seen in the portfolios take them 4 hrs in average. Designing including researching might vary between 1~3 hrs. Single character portrait usually takes 1~2 hrs. A character sprite sheet for pixel art takes 1~2 hrs, animated.  

> Some are experienced - had worked for paid position or hobbyist projects.

> Some are looking for paid jobs only, some are fine with share / loyalty, and some just want a working experience with foreign groups on their portfolio and are fine without pay. 

> Their style are mostly manga-oriented, some do traditional art as well, but their portfolio does not show all of their ability. They may provide the style you need upon request, like pixel art or vector art.

> Very few knows 3D modelling. Most are capable of 2D frame-by-frame animation. 

> If its an unpaid or share paid project, they prefer short projects as they're not competent in committing long term. Pay by asset is most preferable.

> A signed contract is necessary - mailed or faxed.


If you are interested in recruiting any of them, email (imstudio -at- gmail -dot- com) me or msg me here and let me know

1) who you want to learn more about, or would you want to ask those who are interested in your project to submit related samples. 

2) brief about your project:

- gameplay,

- setting,

- wanted style,

- work load,

- team history,

- length,

- compensation,

- brief marketing plan (if you have one), 

- when you need to make a decision,

- desired starting date.




** Please do not contact them personally, as that would confuse them. 

And of course, don't use the pics in the portfolio without asking. **


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