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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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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lyco5 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Imagine the amount of problems that could be prevented if he stayed on the druidic path
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!
pulyx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you liked it!
NicoleEirin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's just wonderful as I hoped when I was woting for Illidan art.
JIYJ Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Sick. So worth the wait to have you back and putting out new stuff again!
Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Stellar work bro!
BrokenNexava Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
i dig it, i like the thought of what may have been that this shows. i think he'd have been a trickiys SoB lol prankster druid what what ..... 
SesshomaruTaisho Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Frakkin' awesome!
Selendis92 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
This image makes me feel warm inside, I love this! And truly very inspiring as well. <3
Chaz-Osgiliath Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"The nice dude that never was." says it perfectly :happycry: he could have been so much more if he'd only stuck with the druid training

love this rendition of him you've created for our viewing pleasure (:
Auramis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work, as always! Absolutely love Illidan, and seeing him as a druid is amazing. Well done!
kakashi-no-ai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eeeee, yay, finally some positive illidan fanart!
Lao-Shi-Fei Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Eeee! So happy to see you get back into drawing Warcraft stuff :D I stopped playing ages ago, but I always loved your work, still do in fact!

Keep on doing what you're doing, it's always a treat to see new stuff from you :)
nightambre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, you're back! Great to see you about again!
Cristiana-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I really like it. But I have to agree, the abdomen muscles look strange to me.   :(
P-Nik Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Artist
the painting and colors looks really great, but the torso and abdomen muscles are misplaced/not accurate. now i know it's fantasy, but i still think that a little muscles anatomy studies could be of help to you! great work nonetheless
viplolz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it :)
Lafein Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I nearly forgot how much I love your work until I see it on my updates.

Gorgeous work, as always. The colors are particularly excellent.
Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! Pity though, I liked Illidan ):
Bradakah Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This version is what I always thought Illidan deserved, being a powerfull Druid, not a crazed Demon Hunter who was shunned by all just because he took a few bad turn.
You good sir make amazing alternate versions of great characters.
PhanPhanBlueMoon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Illidan as a druid would a very interesting to tell! As for the art, the lighting blend so nicely to be part of the forest and the detail is really great! What can I say but a good job :3
Shinohoshi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The very idea of Illidan walking another path looks great for me! But druid path - more than any another!
I love shadings and metal parts of his ammunition. Background is absolutly wonderdul! Great job! 
sharlin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Wow...he's magnificent! The lighting the!
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