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9.37.9.1 Artistry Design

See also HELP CRAFTING GUIDELINES

Having gained the Artistry skill (see HELP ARTISTRY for instructions on how
to do so), you are now ready to start conceptualising your masterpiece!

Below is a comprehensive guide from start to finish on how to design and
eventually create a piece of artwork, including any and all relevant
rules and guidelines to ensure your design matches Achaea's standard of
writing and acceptable content.

To quickly get started in artistry, you will need to find a piece of art to
prime and embellish!

Use NDS LISTPUBLIC A to see all public artistry designs. Select one you like,
and use NDS P <design#> to examine it in further detail.

Materials will be taken directly from your rift if not in your hands, and so
long as you are in possession of enough to cover the design requirements, you
may PRIME <design#> to create the base canvas. 

Then you can begin the Embellishment process!

But this is not all! 

Once you achieve the level of Adept in the artist's craft, you will gain the
coveted ability to design artwork of your own!

To design your own piece of art, visit the Artistry annex in Delos and 
purchase a blank sketch and the canvas that best matches the type of artwork 
you want to design.

Artistry Syntaxes
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PRIME <NDS ID#> [passcode]
   - Construct a canvas from an approved NDS listing.
   - For more information on passcodes, see HELP NDS
   For A Mural (Player housing only)
      - With a plaster housing upgrade applied to a location 
        (See HELP HOUSING UPGRADES)
      - PRIME <NDS ID#> (This must be explicitly a mural.)
      - This is limited to one per room.

PROBE <canvasID>
   - See how many embellishments remain before the piece of art is complete.

EMBELLISH <canvasID>
   - Embellish the design upon the canvas.
   - Canvas must be in inventory or in the same location as the artist.
   - This is a channel that will tick through your available artistry sessions. 
   - This will end when you use the stop command.
   - This will end when the artwork is completed.
   - This will end when you run out of artistry sessions.
   - This will drain willpower and endurance while embellishing continues.
   - STOP at any time to cancel this process.
   - The piece of art is finished when the required number of artistry 
     sessions have been completed!
  For A Mural
      - Be in the room with a mural in progress and EMBELLISH <mural#>

DESIGN <sketch> COPY <canvas>
   - Apply the details of your chosen canvas to your sketch
   - This will determine commodities needed to Prime the work of art.
   - This will assign the base name and type of the item. E.G "mural", or
     "canvas".
   - This will not consume your canvas.

DESIGN <sketch> APPEARANCE <description>
   - Sketch out the appearance description for your piece of art.
       Note: Max of 50 characters.
   - The Appearance is the short description visible in WARES, in INV, and 
     seen with IH.
   - Commas are not permitted in the Appearance of crafted items.
   - This should begin with a lowercase letter and NOT end in a full stop.
   - This must feature the name of the canvas type as a main noun.
   - Examples are: 'a canvas depicting the Zaphar' and 
     'a locket insert featuring Skye'.
   - This should not be a full sentence.
   - Do not include actions or reactions, simply what the item is.

DESIGN <sketch> DROPPED <description>
   - The dropped description is what is seen via LOOK when your item is
     dropped in a location.
   - This must be ONE complete sentence that begins with a capital letter
     and ends with a full stop.
       Note: Max of 80 characters.
   - Describe just the item, not possible player reactions or actions.
   - No superfluous punctuation (question marks, exclamations, etc.)
   - The main noun in the sentence must be the same as the canvas type so
     that people know what to call it when they want to interact with it.
   - This line should be appropriate bearing in mind that most artwork can only
     be dropped in player-based housing, and locket inserts will not be in a
     locket if seen on the ground.

DESIGN <sketch> EXAMINED <description>
   - This is what people see when an item is examined/probed.
   - This should only describe the item, no subjective terms, reactions,
     opinions, emotions, or responses.
   - Use at least two full sentences.
   - Must begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop.
   - This must feature the main noun of the item.
   - Do not try to format your descriptions in the editor. When using the
     editor put your entire description on line one. The editor will properly
     format it for you.
   - Designs must be something an artist can reasonably depict.
     Intangible concepts will need creative interpretation to convey, you
     cannot simply paint the majesty of the Logos, this will need to be 
     conveyed via the medium. ALWAYS SHOW DO NOT TELL.
   - Do not "evoke" or tell the reader what sense/emotion/impression your
     design gives. ALWAYS SHOW DO NOT TELL.
   - Artists are not enchanters, magic is not permitted in crafted designs.
   - Designs should describe the item, not the onlooker, use of "you" and "your"
     is prohibited.
   - Text is prohibited, while this may seem obtuse, your writing must convey 
     an image, no written work.
   - Single spacing only.
   - Do not use words that require accents or other non-English punctuation,
     these cannot be replicated in Achaea and will be treated as misspellings.
     E.G: Applique would require an acute accent over the e.
   - Feet, inches, yards, etc, no metric measurements.
   - Please use a GB English spellcheck and the Oxford comma. Achaea does not
     use American spelling.
   - There are children in Achaea, keep your artwork tasteful.

DESIGN <sketch> PRIVATE ON|OFF
   - At a cost of 1000gp you can hide your designs from others when they do
     NDS MATCH searches. This flag may be set on the sketch or after approval
     with the corresponding NDS command.

DESIGN <sketch> HIDEMARK ON|OFF
   - At the cost of 1000gp you can hide the crafters mark. This means that
     when the crafted item is probed it will not show the line saying "It
     bears the distinctive mark of "".

DESIGN <sketch> SUBMIT [URGENT]
   - PLEASE PROOFREAD YOUR DESIGN BEFORE SUBMITTING
   - Submit your sketch for approval by the Crafting Council.
   - This costs 1000 gold.
   - Must submit from the Artistry studio in Delos
     (unless you possess the Crest of the Crafting Council)
   - The addition of URGENT places a design in a high priority queue and costs
     10,000 gold instead of 1000.
   - You can have up to ten designs in the submission queue. This is total, 
     across all tradeskills.
   - PLEASE PROOFREAD YOUR DESIGN BEFORE SUBMITTING

DESIGN REQUEST <ID>
   - Use this command at the Artistry studio when you have been notified
     (by letter) that your design has been approved.
   - Have the gold required in your hands.

PROOFREADING
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This section will be embellished in the future when common mistakes become
apparent.

ITEM TYPE
   - Make sure that the canvas type used matches the main noun in all aspects
     of this design.

APPEARANCE
   - Commas are not permitted in the Appearance of crafted items.
   - This should begin with a lowercase letter and NOT end in a full stop.
   - This must feature the name of the item as a main noun.
   - This should not be a full sentence.
   - Do not include actions or reactions, simply what the item is.

DROPPED
   - This must be ONE complete sentence that begins with a capital letter
     and ends with a full stop.
   - Describe just the item, not possible player reactions or actions.
   - The main noun in the sentence must be the same as the canvas name so
     that people know what to call it when they want to pick it up, without
     having to type 'info here.'

EXAMINED
   - This should only describe the item, no subjective terms, reactions,
     opinions, emotions, or responses. SHOW DON'T TELL
   - Use at least two complete sentences, NO FRAGMENTS.
   - Do not "evoke".
   - All numbers must be written out in words. "one, two, three".
   - Feet, inches, yards, etc, no metric measurements.
   - Please use a GB English spellcheck, Achaea does not use American spelling.
   - Achaea uses the "Oxford comma" when using lists. This means that when
     writing a list, a comma should be used before the "and". E.G: a red,
     white, and blue scarf.
   - Single spacing always and only. Check for double spaces especially after
     full stops, and if you have copied text from another format.
   - Designs should describe the item, not the onlooker, use of "you" and "your"
     are prohibited.

If you do not have an artistry license, see HELP ARTISTRY!

For a full and detailed listing of the entire NDS output, see HELP DESIGN

(See also: HELP CRAFTING GUIDELINES)

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