I really like this post. I think it's spot on. The comparison of specialties in relation to other is a very good point. There's really nothing nor some other artists/technicians can do past a certain point. As a concept artist there's not much I can help with in the craft when we're focusing on things like animations and VFX. I can still be part of the review and feedback process, but there's nothing I can do technically on the team to add value.
That's another component I'd like to emphasize. We have a lot of people reviewing products and content as they're being created to make sure the quality is up to par. While some of our jobs end at a certain point in content development, usually the whole team stays with the project to keep eyes on it as it progresses through later phases of feature creation and subsequent polish. That does indeed add extra time, but it's time well spent as we're making sure that technically things are working up to par or that we're not making an error in a choice. Also, we want to make sure that we're catching opportunities where we can add even more value.
We make sure though to keep it so that feedback as the content progresses doesn't yield diminishing returns. We take a cost/benefit approach of time spent vs. value added. As we know in any other production process, sometimes late-term feedback can result in that time dilation effect. We make it a top priority not to get stuck in those redundant loops. A product has to be awesome, but it also has to be shipped. You have to cut the cord at some point, going back to that baby analogy.
Do indeed keep the thread bumped if you feel there is good knowledge and insight into the process. I'm hoping that someday we have a proper conduit in order to present a developer diary to our players. I know there's obviously an interest in seeing how close a feature is to release, but it very much seems that there's a big demand from players who really take interest in the development process. I'm hoping we can provide a good venue to show off the process that results in our content. =)
This screams more creative ideas to improve him, what I'm thinking is have everyone (in the staff) suggest an idea for any improvements to the skin and have a vote. Maybe the top 3 or 5 can be implemented into the skin.
Instead of waiting for a "eureka" moment, this saves you boatloads of time. If creativity is the case.
P.S. multiple minds are better than one, unless one of u is an Einstein.
P.S.S. Maybe this could be a new line of legendary skins called "Perfect" skins. This way you can justify a higher price tag lol.