For the game art studio that can be overloaded with current projects in hand, it can take up to 3 full days to analyze your project and prepare the estimate even without the additional factors that can extend this process. Usually, the major factor here is the clarifying questions. This back-and-forth texting can "eat up" a lot of time and significantly tighten the initial deadline. And this is even before you get any valuable information in return, such as rates and production capabilities from your counterpart.
Therefore, the more thoroughly you prepare the project brief before approaching any game art outsourcing studio, the quicker your contractor will understand the task. And, of course, the fewer clarifying questions there will be to answer before you get the estimate.
You might have read about our estimation process
earlier and already aware of our game art studio general workflow
and the best practices. Now check these key pieces of information that you may consider including in your art project brief in the first place in order to get the thorough and precise estimate:
- The short description of the game, its genre and core mechanics;
- The list or table with all graphical assets required for your project;
- The resolution and/or size for each asset would be great to mention;
- Art style references – to show the examples of visuals that you have in mind;
- Level of detail references – add them to get a more precise estimate.
- How would you like us to export files – do you need a specific method or you just want layered PSD files without any extra requirements?
- Additionally for 3D art:
- define the type of 3D pipeline needed;
- prepare the concept-art and relevant references;
- mention how many polygons needed for the model;
- provide the list of all maps and the game engine;
- if you're planning to animate the model afterwards, mention which nodes will be animated or provide the rig;
- if the model is needed for pre-rendering, then the game engine and the number of polygons aren't needed.
To make easier, you can check our game art project brief example
and use it as a reference point when presenting your projects for an estimate to your game art outsourcing partner.