Usually the 2D art work creation and feedbacking process involves 3 people:
And the process goes like this:
In this process, we need to solve some issues, as follow:
2. For each version of update, there would be feedbacks given by the art director; Those feedbacks need to be well documented, organized, and tracked. That the art director may know whether in a new version of art work, the feedbacks for the last version are all applied. In fact the tracking of the feedbacks needs some attention. If the art director has good memory, she/he may remember all the feedbacks given last time, and check out if all are fixed in the new version. But if her/his memory is bad, or she/he manages a big volume of art works, perhaps for multiple projects, then to find out if all the problems are fixed, theoretically, she/he must open the feedback documents, and compare the old & new versions, to see line after line if everything is fixed.
To solve these issues, in the projects I have participated, people have used many feedback management tool. Like Red Mine, you can upload versions of files, and post feedbacks to each version. It works, but this tool is designed for soft ware development, not well tailored for art production. And you need to deploy it on a host server. And there are many similar tools and some custom programmed tools.
So far, the best management tool I have used, is proofHQ. It solves the above issues nicely. And it is an online service, you need only to register to use it, no need of custom programming and deploy.
I’m not writing a step by step tutorial for it, but only give a few basic ideas of how it works.
Let me explain the browser, in this case Lucy is the artist and Tom the art director. And usually the ultimate decision maker is the producer, let’s call him Jim.
Area A: here shows the history of versions uploaded. You can see currently there are 4 versions uploaded, and the most recent is V.4. You can click each version to jump to it.
Area B: Here is all the points of feedbacks for this V.4, made by Tom. Click each bar, the detail of the feedbacks would appear at Area D.
Area C: Here is a list of all the person who see the proof, and the upper case letter box shows the status given by each person. S stands for Sent; O Opened; C Commented; D Decision made(need fix or approved). It is important to see the decision maker’s status, Jim’s.
Area D: Here is the feedback detail displayed, upon click corresponding bar at Area B. All the viewers can reply the feedback, and attach files here.
Area E: Here is the art work displayed. You have all the zoom-in and pan tools here, very convenient. ProofHQ has a very robust server, you can upload a picture up to 1.5G size, and still be able to browse it in real time. And upon giving feedbacks, you can draw marks on the picture by the imbedded drawing tool. Pretty useful, huh?
The drawback of proofHQ is that for each version, you can only upload a picture. This is bit inconvenient. Sometimes you need to upload multiple pictures for a version, for example, a picture with&without GUI frame, a picture with door close&open. Under this situation you need to send other pictures in attachment, which is unable to be viewed in the main window. Or you would have to upload extra pictures as new versions.
And there’s a function to compare pictures of different versions.
You can lock two pictures to synchronize the zoom-in and pan. And you can display all the feedbacks given to a certain version here, by clicking the bin. And the art director may strike out individual feedback upon checking.