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  1. From the album Indie Creative Media Concept Art

    Originally, there was more armor. I was torn between creating a practical style or pin-up style warrior. In the end the pin-up just looked better.

    © Dave MacLean/Indie Creative Media 2012

  2. From the album Indie Creative Media Concept Art

    An Idea for a desert dwelling sort of flightless griffin I had.

    © Dave MacLean/Indie Creative Media 2012

  3. From the album Indie Creative Media Concept Art

    My original concept for a creature-from-the-deep type of character. Just practicing my skills.

    © Dave MacLean/Indie Creative Media 2012

  4. Nicely said Namakoro! Just to chime in, for me it's very much about communication and semantics. The more the director can communicate desired aspects/characteristics of what is needed, the more I can nail down their vision. As for finding the right artist for you - Again communication. Pick a couple you like and open up a dialogue, "hey, I'm working on this. Is this the sort of art style you do? Would you be interested in a project like this? What would be your approach? Speaking with various potential artists also gives you a "get-to-know-you" buffer, and you can better evaluate if this is a person you want to work with. Best of luck with it!
  5. I completely re-vamped my website and set up a new online asset/content store. To kick off my re-opening, I'm releasing Tech Trax, which is an 11 track sci-fi themed sound track collection. Of course it's indie priced like all the content in my online shop! The latest music addition will bring it up to about 1 and 1/2 hours of cinematic style music available from my site. You can give a listen to sound samples at www.indiecreativemedia.com/media For those of you who are unfamiliar with my content, I also have a variety of weapons packs, structures, and props. Next I will be working on a generic armor set as I get a lot of requests for armor. Anyways, thanks for the read! Please stop by the site at www.indiecreativemedia.com/shop and take a look around! [font="Times New Roman"][size="3"][img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/griffinmac/techTraxCover.jpg[/img][/size][/font] [font="Times New Roman"] [/font] [font="Times New Roman"][size="3"]8][/size][/font]
  6. Hi all, I have a small but growing online 3d and audio content store that you may find helpful. Recently I added the EPIC Game Tracks music Pack which features 16 tracks and over 40 minutes of cinematic style music that is available for non-exclusive license for your games. There is also a LITE version of the EPIC Game Tracks pack for those with little or no development budget. You can give the pack a listen at [url="http://www.indiegraphics.net/EPICGameTracksSampler.mp3"]http://www.indiegrap...acksSampler.mp3[/url] and [url="http://www.indiegraphics.net/EPICgameTracksLiteSampler.mp3"]http://www.indiegrap...LiteSampler.mp3[/url] Also in the store are my popular fantasy weapons packs and Loot-n-Drops Starter pack (can be found under "props"). [img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/griffinmac/assetSampler.png[/img] Please check it out, I would love to add you as an indiegraphics customer! 8) [img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/griffinmac/indieGraphicsLogo2010eLite.png[/img]