What's up dudes.
This is my own WoW character i used to play, Anaaru Razorwind, he was a captain in the Highelf Guard when the scourge poured inside quel'thalas.
That nasty scar on his face is because he took an undead-orc cleave to the face. He's a frost Death Knight. Haven't played him in ages. I quit wow in the first months after Cataclysm launched.
Some folks have been asking me to do comissions again, and i try to explain why i avoid WoW comissions now a days, and t his picture might be an example of why.
People come to me with all the same cookie cutter looking characters, the same gear and stuff... But when i ask them to flesh em out so my job becomes less boring, they get scared and back out.
You see, wow's graphics improved quite a bit in the past years. When i did comissions, it was to help people visualize their characters when WoW's textures were really bad and low-res.
The game doesn't have that problem anymore. So my work became kind of obsolete. But only if you want the character EXACTLY like it is in game.
But there's PLENTY WoW's engine doesn't do or allow. WoW's customization is really really limited. What differentiates a character from other, is the talent tree. And that's just mechanics.
Visually...everyone comes to me with the same stuff. So it became very very boring for me to draw the same faces, hairstyles and armor over and over again. Ugh..so many elves. I can't fill a hand with how many undead, troll, orcs, draenei i was comissioned to paint. So i began every request with this little disclaimer.
But this picture serves to show how far you can take your character visually, beyond the game's capabilities. Look at all those important NPCs.
What makes them so cool ? Uniqueness. And that's what i try to preach to my clients...but most of them don't listen.
Anyway...Anaaru Razorwind, ladies and Gentlemen, clamp your noses, he's kind of rotten.
So, this was my first time painting in Black and white and then putting color over it. I usually paint with color, but i began noticing that most of my favorite artists do black and white painting and THEN do colors over it. It's serving as an exercise to break a very bad habit of mine. Skimping on layers. I used to work on some pretty weak PCs, and that created a pesky habit of keeping the file small to be handled with speed. But since i got my new one, there's not reason to do that anymore, and it was making my paintings looking poor of detail and shallow. I think i fell behind the curve quite a lot comparing it to some fellow artists who started taking strides the same time i did, and i wan't to close that gap. Even if i sort of relinquished my lifelong dream to work with videogame art. (The business is too Cutthroat, too competitive, in my opinion, makes me respect all my favorite artists even more, but made me realize that it would take the fun out of painting for me).
Added some detail.
I dunno, but i thought frosty air coming out of his mouth/nose would look good. added more blemishes/rot to the skin, painted some finer strands frosty hair.