Walt I've been making all the current art myself since the beginning, and while I'm proud of what I've been able to make (as someone who doesn't really consider himself to be an artist),
For those of us who ever attempted creating another
ShipClass, it didn't take long before we realized sheer amount of assets involved (~2,000 png files in Terran ship class). The volume could be deterring for the most enthusiastic modder.
At the same time, you do have talented individuals in the community.
On top of hiring a full-time artist, would you consider organizing concept design events to revamp specifc Cosmoteer assets? For example
- Roof/cockpit windows for part
- Roof doodad for part
- Interior doodad for part
- Weapon parts (muzzle, barrel, loader, etc)
- Thruster/rocket parts (nozzles, engine, etc)
- Corridor/floor tiles
- Underlying struct/skeleton
- Sensor device or organ (radar, eye, bb, etc)
- Shots/missile skins
- Firing/Hit effects for weapon
Event moderator can limit colors, dimensions, format, etc to maintain visual theme.
Rewards need not be monetary, as long as Walt owns all submitted content by terms.
Web comic (concept) => Manga (final, static) => Anime (frames)
Community/Walt's sketches (concept) => Walt approved version (static) => Artist's render (sprites)