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Archdruid Illidan Stormrage by pulyx Archdruid Illidan Stormrage by pulyx
So fellas.
Took me awhile, but here it is. The Winner of the sketchbook poll.

Archdruid Illidan Stormrage. I Decided to go for another design than the one from the sketch because i wanted to make him an older guy.
I thought about horns, but that's furion's thing. So i gave our pal his own thang. He has a "companion" stag.
This stag was what in my parallel universe mind took illidan from straying in his path. On his way to snoop around Ashzara's palace (which would eventually lead him to become a demon hunter)
He found this stag deeply wounded, and with Cenarius' freaking voice in his head he decided to tend to it and never got to those pivotal events. Lots of stuff still went down (Burning legion, sundering etc). But by the hands of others.
Illidan led a life of the druid and while he was never ever the straight as an arrow guy Furion was, he became one very important druid and he was specially talented. He didn't develop new things, but when he put his power to work, he could best anyone in raw power output.

Point is, he didn't gave into all the negativity that pushed him to take selfish actions.

Hope you guys will like it. It was handful, this one. Tried a lot of new stuff in this piece.
Think it did him justice. The nice dude that never was.

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Krystal-Dragon17 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
You know, I always imagined Illidan going the path of the Feral druid, if he had ever become one
mercuryshade999 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love everything about this piece. The picture itself is gorgeous, no question - but I also love the story that goes with it. Illidan has always intrigued me as a character, and I've often wondered about what might have been if he hadn't allowed himself to go over to the Dark Side, as it were - I think this is an absolutely gorgeous imagining of the potential that he had. Still very powerful, and still not quite fitting the traditional mold of a druid, but in a positive way instead of a negative one. Plus, that stag is AMAZING. A+ job! 
Okamitsu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
You can just imagine his potential!!! Beautifully done :)
rus-chel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
No hornes? No wings? No Black Temple?
The false-false Illidan)
But he looks good.
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I always felt bad for Illidan I wish he went more down this path. Or at least people accepted him.
Jam81 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Now we need a Malfurion the betrayer.
MasterSurinen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I'm not an expert in perspective matters, but his pose, muscles, he looks weird, as if his chest/neck was broken
Toboe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
So glad to see you posting again. :)
KooriWoW Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Come back to find two Pulyx pictures ... SQUEE!  And one of them is a smoking hot Illidan in a wonderful what-if picture.  Love the slight smile and how he and the stag share glowey eyes.  Wonderful picture!
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