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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #125 on: May 01, 2014, 12:40:02 PM »
I had an idea after testing why my score was so low. I thought it might be worthwhile to start without perfectionist and get your number of paintings for the skill challenges knocked out. While doing that make sure to save up for midlife crisis. Once your Sim completed all of those, use midlife crisis and get perfectionist to go for mad top-ten portrait value.

Did anyone try that?

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #126 on: May 01, 2014, 02:08:55 PM »
Congratulations Alexandria!

My score wasn't that good - But I didn't practice...
I started off with my artistic Sim, her traits were - Loves the Outdoors, Ambitious, Perfectionist, Artistic and Over-Emotional. She also started with a dog, named Bear. I spent the whole first few days getting to level 7, and I think where I messed up was I was getting close to the 30 paintings, but I didn't quite go all the way - I was too eager to start on the Large Portraits. Like Metro, I only started with small paintings until she hit level 7 then I thought I was good to start portraits. What got me in trouble was my Sim would always seem to finish a portrait close to the time that no one would want to come over. Her lifetime wish was made to be swimming in cash, and I milked it as best as I could with the gems Bear would bring in. With that kind of wish you get large wishes for every increment ($10,000, $20,000, $30,000, etc) which really helped get her the Extra Creative Lifetime Reward early on. I also opted for a rocking chair over the bed, as she slept faster in that. I would get her to almost full, then send her to sleep in the bed for the nice moodlet. She lived on the empty lot near the Koffi household in Sunset Valley. She painted outside for the mood boost and her over-emotional trait really helped keep her mood high.

I really feel like not going for 30 paintings first is what hurt me, but I would have to test run this again, maybe trying what Jagid suggested and opting for Perfectionist only towards the ending stretch to help raise the pricetag on the paintings she painted.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #127 on: May 01, 2014, 02:45:06 PM »
Congratulations Alexandria!

I popped my female sim down on the empty lot two up from Ms Crumplebottom. Traits I gave her were - Artistic, Ambitious, Loves the Outdoors, Perfectionist and Virtuoso with a LTW of Master of Arts. You see, I thought that in order to be able to paint a portrait of anyone, they either had to be a member of your family or friends with you, and I thought that playing guitar was a good way of getting multiple friends at once.

I learned Painting on day one (was the cheap lesson) and then went and painted and played the guitar around town. I painted small paintings until I got to level 7. Then I switched to large portraits. After the first few portraits, I managed to supermax painting and continued to paint away.

Another thing I discovered through play was if you are able to invite one sim of a multi sim household over (using invite household over interaction) more than likely, a number of them would come over, I could lock the gate after them and keep them with me for as long as I liked! I also liked to trap the paper boy/girl using the same process, 5 of my portraits were of paper boys/girls.

My finishing stats were 44 paintings, 9 brilliant, 13 masterpieces and 24 portraits. I supermaxed painting, and reached level 8 on guitar and painting career (I sold the paintings, but not the portraits) I had acquired 110k in happiness points over the four week period (without completing the LTW) and bought immune to heat, extra creative, hardly hungry, dirt defiant, steel bladder, fast learner and eye candy.

I had given myself a target of 20 of the portraits, and so I was happy with my effort of 24.

I did research into painting, primarily reading through the painting guide here on Carl's and also going to the Sims Wiki site and printed out their information on painting and did a practice run. I did up a spreadsheet with 3 columns, first one with sim name, 2nd one with whether or not I painted their portrait (when I started their portrait, I assigned a number, when I finished I wrote yes) and 3rd one with the value of the portrait.

Anyway, that's how I did it, thanks again to Marion for the idea and to the team for implementing it!


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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #129 on: May 01, 2014, 05:17:25 PM »
Buy legendary host LTR and throw 2 parties a day.  With 30 paintings skill challenge completed, you can paint 2 large portrait per day - could squeeze in 2.5 portrait some days.  As for painting value, I don't know how to get as high a value as Alexandria did without killing my sim or without doing opportunity.  :'(

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« Reply #130 on: May 02, 2014, 03:46:50 PM »
I also bought legendary host LTR and threw 2 parties a day. I didn't test this really good, so on some days I only got to throw 1 party due to time management. I could have gotten a couple of more paintings had I practised a little more.
I first painted 30 small paintings, then continued to paint small paintings until I supermaxed the painting skill. Only after that I started the big portrets. My sim had the perfectionist trait and the LTR extra creative. I don't know how other people got as high a value as they did, I only got 1 painting that was worth over 5000.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #131 on: May 02, 2014, 03:56:51 PM »
I just thought of something — I know certain photographs are inherently much more valuable such as World Adventures ones like the Pyramids and Dragon Cave. Some Supernatural ones are valuable too, so I am wondering if portraits of certain life states or NPCs are more valuable? I have no idea and did not do any testing on this, but I am wondering if Alexandria found out that certain subjects are more valuable.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #132 on: May 02, 2014, 05:03:55 PM »
The only trick I had that I accidentally came across was the mascot. I didnt know anyone but the mascot so I invited her over so I could do her portrait. Then I went out looking for soneone else but didnt find anyone that I could get to come over so I called the mascot and invited her houshold over and low and behold she lived with about 50 people even the mail carrier that I snagged lived with her. Then after I chose people from the household to invite over they would show up in my relationship panel even if they didnt come so then I kept invited them over till I ran out then I would call the mascot again and invite over household and choose different people each time so I never ran out of people to paint.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #133 on: May 02, 2014, 05:24:06 PM »
Traits I chose were artistic (learn painting skill faster), perfectionist (for better quality paintings), loner (preventing lonely moodlet), overemotional & ambitious (to gain LTR points quickly). I created a basic small house at 9 Sun Song Ave for the beautiful vista moodlet with free floor & wall covering which I recoloured to my liking to save money. I bought an all-in-one-toilet/shower, a rocking chair and a radio. I then took a painting class, signed up for the painter career, bought an easel and enough apples to last me till I maxed the painting skill. Then I splurged on the $7500 package at the spa to keep my mood bar full for the next 7 days and started painting only small paintings at home in between napping, taking care of bodily needs & eating apples.  My pet cat Lucky was an independent genius hunter who kept me in cash with his quickly learned hunting skill.
My first LH reward I bought was extra creative (increase quality & value) and I managed to max the painting skill halfway into the 2nd week.
Once I maxed  painting, then it was off to the library to start myself off on the charisma skill by reading the book & meeting some people. Next three LH rewards were attractive, eye candy & legendary host to make friends quickly and for the legendary parties to come! I moved my easel outside and fenced my lot. I also made friends with the Frio brothers right next door. I moved the radio outside, bought a fountain and started displaying my art on the outside of the house to get the beautifully decorated moodlet (+40).
Thanks to scoring the “brush master” and “proficient painter” I could also now paint faster and increase my chances of painting masterpieces. I reached L10 of the painter career and fulfilled my LTW (swimming in cash) by selling off less valuable paintings and Lucky’s hunting finds, some of which were very valuable. With the alpha pet LTR he mastered the hunting skill with no trouble as I had him hunting continuously in between keeping his needs taken care of. I also had the hardly hungry, steel bladder and dirt defiant rewards by the end of week 3. “Master painter” was achieved at the start of the 4th week so I held onto all my painting from then on to pick my top 10.
Also, by the middle of the 3rd week I time managed the best routine and settled into starting parties at 9am (earlier is not possible) and locking the fence gate so not one could leave. I finished off one portrait, started another, stopped, napped, finished the 2nd portrait in the late afternoon, started another, unlocked the gate & asked everyone to leave, napped and then worked on the last portrait in the early morning. I set up the next party for 9am giving myself enough time for another nap before everyone started arriving in the morning. And the cycle started again where I finished off the portrait on the easel from the night before etc, etc . Simmies left my parties feeling elated and I constantly had the threw an amazing party (+35), having a blast (+40) and new friend (+20) moodlets.
I was lucky that almost every party a stranger turned up who then became a friend so I only had to go to the park and to the library once to meet new people so I had fodder for portraits.
I loved this challenge and my Simmie was such a legendary party bunny  :D I found myself bopping away to her R&B tunes on the radio...

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #134 on: May 02, 2014, 06:11:54 PM »
Buy legendary host LTR and throw 2 parties a day.  With 30 paintings skill challenge completed, you can paint 2 large portrait per day - could squeeze in 2.5 portrait some days.  As for painting value, I don't know how to get as high a value as Alexandria did without killing my sim or without doing opportunity.  :'(

Congratulations Alexandria.

This is about what I did, except I didn't need legendary host, I just set up a radio and everyone always had a blast. I also picked a lot that had the beautiful vista moodlet.
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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #135 on: May 02, 2014, 06:41:36 PM »
I think I did like most of you, I still have no idea why I had such a low score. Mastered painting with all the challenges so she painted faster, but still couldn't paint more than one a day… because of her needs.

I also had a hard time getting sims to come over, in spite of my sim having charisma skill, a trait that had to do with charisma and the charisma challenge that gave her a boost when meeting other sims, they'd still wouldn't come over when she invited them over… neither personally nor by phone.

I made my file in Moonlight falls, my sim painted all kinds of life states, even ghosts, I was not sure what would come in a ghost's portrait but it was fine, still my most valuable portrait was of 5k, and I only had ONE worth that much, so I don't think different life states are more valuable. Or sometime when they did come over, they would run away as soon as they got to my sims place!

So I still don't know what I could have done better…  :'(
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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #136 on: May 02, 2014, 09:13:00 PM »
Tandrael I didnt get any portraits worth over 5. At the start I did one a day but after I got steel bladder and all the other needs rewards I was able to do 2 a day. But ironically enough I got less masterpeice paintings after completing the challenge. I truly have no idea what I could have done differently either.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #137 on: May 03, 2014, 10:47:42 AM »
Well, rats! :( I had a funny feeling that Alexandria_ might have missed a rule and indeed she PM'd me and said that she sold her paintings at the consignment store. :( It was an honest mistake and she was completely unaware of that one sentence in the top 10 rule. I feel so bad for her. Oh well. Alexandria_ thank you so much for participating and being honest. This is a situation where a mistake was made and no further consequence needs to be administered, so please...I hope you will continue to participate in the rest of the events this year.

Grats to LenaLJ on winning the event.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #138 on: May 06, 2014, 06:58:22 AM »
Sadly to see that Alexandria_ made a mistake.
And sorry for the late startegy, but this is the first time im home at my pc again since the 1st.

Delta Stars was once again ready for a challenge, this time as a little artist.


Game setup:

Town: Sunset Valley
Expansion packs unistalled: Seasons
Moon time: New Moon
Opportunities turned off.

Sims:
Name: Delta Stars
State: Human
Traits: Artistic, Friendly, Ambitious, Loves the Outdoors, (Random, cant remember it as it didnt matter in the long run)
LTW: Swimming in Cash
LTH's: Midlife crisis, Extra Creative, Steel Bladder, Hardly Hungry, (The one with sleep, have forgotten the name)

Name: Filly Stars
State: Dog
Random Traits

First thing was to train Filly to level 1 hunting.
Filly had two goals, 1 find something valueable so that Delta would complete her LTW. 2 meet a few people and take them home so Delta could meet them.
When a dog gets a certain level with a sim, you can choose Go here with... And that way get the sim with you home to the painter.

Delta, started out with meeting the people Filly would bring home, when she knew 5 of them, she did throw, up to 3 parties a day. And thereby she soon knew the whole town.

I had Delta paint small paintings untill level 7, but at level 6 i stopped all paintings that where not brilliant and had her secure that skill challenge already there. Around the time when she reached level 7 nearly 8 she had painted the 30 paintings needed for the other skill challenge, and i switched her to portraits, so i could get the portrait counter started.
At level 9 i had her paint small paintings again, but only the once i knew where masterpiece. After a while of testing you learn which once will end up as masterpieces.

Now with all skill challenges done it was time to really get going with the portraits. I used some lifetimehappiness points on a Midlife crisis, and changed the random trait into perfectionistic.
After that it was rince repeat, throw parties, paint portraits and so on. I was able to paint 2-2,5 nearly 3 paintings on some of the days. The most important here was to have her mood as high as possible at all times, as i think that affects the value of the paintings.

I feel my score was a tad lucky as i had much more masterpieces in this actual run than in my trainings.

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #139 on: May 06, 2014, 10:04:29 AM »
How do you know which paintings will be brilliant or masterpieces? You mentioned testing. How does that work?

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Re: A Portrait of My Hometown
« Reply #140 on: May 06, 2014, 11:41:01 AM »
The normal paintings, the same paintings will always be the same quality. Hmm how do i explain that best.

As an example, as i dont have my notes by my site at work i cant see if the painting im using in this example is an actual masterpiece but:
The small yellow painting with a fruitbowl in it, is always a masterpiece no mather how many times you paint it.

So if you have taken note on which stanard paintings are what quality, then you can always be sure to make the needed number of masterpieces.

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« Reply #141 on: May 06, 2014, 11:55:23 AM »
You can tell as soon as the painter starts the painting whether it will be normal, brilliant, or masterpiece.  You can do test runs and paint normally, remember all the brilliant ones and masterpiece ones -- store them in your brain or take a picture and store them in your computer somewhere.  When the painter starts painting, example if you see the beginnings of the fruitbowl, then you know that is the masterpiece.  If it ressembles a normal painting, scrap and start again, until you get brilliant or masterpiece.

Each size will have their own set of normal, brilliant, and masterpiece. 

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« Reply #142 on: May 06, 2014, 12:09:05 PM »
Your explanation was so much better than mine, thank you nutella.

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« Reply #143 on: May 06, 2014, 12:37:29 PM »
Nice trick LenaLJ but are you able to do that with portraits too or did you just paint them no matter what? I felt like I painted a lot of portraits but I didn't get many brilliant or masterpieces sadly! I felt like I got even less after completed the challenge.

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« Reply #144 on: May 06, 2014, 01:48:31 PM »
Nice trick LenaLJ but are you able to do that with portraits too or did you just paint them no matter what? I felt like I painted a lot of portraits but I didn't get many brilliant or masterpieces sadly! I felt like I got even less after completed the challenge.

Sadly i could not say for sure with the portraits, so i feel the number of masterpieces is just luck.

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« Reply #145 on: May 06, 2014, 01:49:48 PM »
I don't want to get too far off topic, but maybe it would be helpful - now that this challenge is over - to create a thread that shows masterpieces and brilliant paintings from in game so others could have a guide to it. I never knew that the paintings were set from the start as to what they could be! I thought it was always random!

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« Reply #146 on: May 06, 2014, 02:19:19 PM »
That would be helpful, but now that I think about it, you're right. When I see Venus Rising start to appear, I think, Yes! Masterpiece.

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« Reply #147 on: May 06, 2014, 02:36:11 PM »
I don't want to get too far off topic, but maybe it would be helpful - now that this challenge is over - to create a thread that shows masterpieces and brilliant paintings from in game so others could have a guide to it. I never knew that the paintings were set from the start as to what they could be! I thought it was always random!

Hmm good idea, I can start a thread somewhere with pics on the brilliant and masterpiece paintings.  I'll work on it.

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« Reply #148 on: May 06, 2014, 02:49:56 PM »
Hmm good idea, I can start a thread somewhere with pics on the brilliant and masterpiece paintings.  I'll work on it.

Thank you very much Nutella!
I've got my Immortal Dynasty heavily focused on painting right now, so I'll see what kinds of paintings come up!

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« Reply #149 on: May 06, 2014, 03:44:48 PM »
Thank you, Nutella. :)