How to Find the Right Art Partner for your Game

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Finding the right art partner sets the tone for the entire game development process. Getting started with a new studio requires understanding what their skills are and how they operate.

There are quite a few things you need to be in sync with before starting to work with a new art studio.

  • Expertise & portfolio

You need to know what kind of art you’re looking for and then check if you can find similar art assets in the art studio’s portfolio. If the studio has done similar projects, then that’s great! You’ll know if the style matches yours or not. But if it doesn’t, then this can cause some problems down the road when trying to bring your vision alive through their skillset.

  • Creative brief

This is where everyone has different needs so it’s best not just go off without proper consultation first (and again later). The creative brief will help determine what type of arts this studio can make based on their past experiences as well as how they’d like yours structured/organized etc… Being extremely clear is essential, and providing game assets already created or references from another game is a big plus.

Communication Platform & Tools

Communication is a key part of any relationship, especially in a long-term partnership. It’s important to keep in touch with your art partner and avoid misunderstandings. Communication tools can help you stay in touch with your art partner and avoid misunderstandings. Especially if your two teams are in a different time zone.

Tools like Slack, Trello and Skype are great for long-distance communication because they allow you to easily share files, discuss issues as well as collaborate on projects together.

Project Transparency

Transparency is a key component in any successful relationship. It’s what makes you feel comfortable enough to tell your partner everything, even if it isn’t perfect or doesn’t match up with their expectations. In the same way, transparency is important for both parties involved in a game project as well as for its success.

To achieve this level of transparency, consider asking yourself: what does “transparent” mean? Is it saying that we have open communication with each other from start to finish? The more info given the better.

Processes

This is the most important aspect of your game development partnership. The art studio should be flexible and open to change, able to adapt to your needs, communicative about their process, and independent enough that they can work without direct supervision from you.

Long-term Relationship

Long-term relationships are more likely to be successful than short-term ones. This is because the art studio will have time to grow with you and make sure that your game is exactly what you want it to be.

Finding the right art partner for your game development project is important because it sets the tone for the entire process.

When you have a good team, it’s easier to get things done, and if there are any problems along the way, you can discuss them in an open and honest way.

You will be working together for a long time, so trust is key—you need to be able to rely on each other when things get tough or complicated. Communication is also key: being able to talk about ideas, share files and work together in general will make this process go faster. Lastly, having clear goals helps everyone stay focused; if everyone knows exactly what they are doing at all times then frustration levels will be lower (and mistakes won’t occur).

Conclusion

We hope this article has given you some ideas and tips on how to find the right art partner for your needs. If you are just starting out, it is always good to work with someone who is very experienced in this industry. Also, keep in mind that finding a long-term partner will save both time and money.

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