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Artcraft - Daughter of Draenor
The new Orc Female character model is here!



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Welcome to the third edition of Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director for World of Warcraft, and today we’ll be discussing the revamp of the female Orc model. As part of that, we'll touch on our overall character redesign philosophy, show before and after images, talk about our art process with this particular model, and give you a glimpse at some of her awesome facial expressions courtesy of our animation team.

Before we start talking specifically about the female Orc update, I’d like to address some questions we’ve received regarding our goals for these revamps. Boiling it down to essentials, our primary focus is to upgrade the aspects of player character models that currently exist in-game.

We’re all creative people with tons of great ideas, and we could certainly keep designing and redesigning and never actually release anything—and while we’d no doubt have a lot of fun doing that, obviously we need to set specific goals so we can actually create finished artwork for you to see and play. That’s not always easy to do—we’re a passionate bunch, and we get incredibly excited about new features and want to do everything. Nonetheless, staying focused and keeping the scope reasonable (while still ambitious) helps us stay on track and avoid having to make painful cuts later on down the line. We really wanted to prevent that with the player-character revamp, so we made the decision early on to stay focused on improving what already exists in-game, and making sure we really nail it.

That said, we’ve also read your great ideas and feedback about features that you’d like to see as character customization options. Your collective voice matters to us, and we’d love to bring some of the coolest ideas to life someday if we can. We’ll continue to share behind-the-scenes information with you in these Artcraft pieces, and I look forward to giving you more insight into our plans for character models beyond the initial release of Warlords of Draenor.

Enough about philosophy—now on to the female Orc!

We’ve actually been working on this particular model for quite some time now. You may have caught some brief glimpses of her new model in the Warlords of Draenor announcement cinematic at BlizzCon. Since then, we’ve been balancing our effort among all of the models currently in progress, and she’s received some additional polish along the way.

When we first discussed the direction for this character, I think we all agreed right off the bat that we wanted to focus on her “warrior” side a little more. That means moving away from the more doe-eyed version we know now toward a character you would expect to see fighting on the front lines alongside any of her Horde brothers and sisters. We’re still ironing out the fine details, so the art you see here is subject to change, but I’ll let Senior 3D Artist Dusty Nolting and Lead Animator Steve Aguilar expand a bit on where we currently are with our green-skinned . . . oh wait, green and brown-skinned, long-tusked heroine.

Lead Animator Steve Aguilar:

The original female Orc’s facial expression is pretty much a blank stare, which sadly doesn’t convey much life or personality. We wanted to give her more of an edge so she would project a confident ‘Don’t mess with me!’ attitude. Now that these new high-definition models have a facial rig attached, the animators can bring to life the personality that has been so sorely missing. She now looks and feels more like you’d expect an Orc to. When you get your hands on the expansion, be sure to take a look at her talking animations, dancing animations, and emotes to see all the various expressions the team has created for her.

Character Artist Dusty Nolting adds:

Orcs are one of the most iconic parts of the Warcraft universe. Because she’s so identifiable, it was important for us to use the original female Orc as a starting point and stay true to the silhouette and proportions that existed. The goal was a new model with much higher fidelity, while still retaining that classic look. We want a strong female counterpart to the male, equally battle-ready in appearance, yet still feminine.

That’s all we have for the female Orc right now. We hope you’re continuing to enjoy this series as we invite you to meet the team, get some insight into our development process, and get an early look at some of the art we’re creating for Warlords of Draenor.

Thanks, and see you next time!

Previously Previewed Models

This article was originally published in forum thread: Artcraft - Daughter of Draenor - New Orc Female Model started by chaud View original post
Comments 264 Comments
  1. Cavox's Avatar
    I'm pretty 'meh' about the new models - looks like some Pixar film protagonist to me. It's all about the animation though, so we'll see how that turned out.
  1. Gaios's Avatar
    They do have amazing artists on their teams. That's for sure.

    And they will be making so much money out of this feature. Hundreds of thousands character customizations and race changes to be sold. They could even cash in a bit more by not releasing them all at once. There are many people willing to redesign their characters like mad, because "New is always better!" (Barney Stinson) every time they release a new race redesign.

    I think this is a great move. It feels like playing in a new engine, stays true to the comic style, makes them earn a lot of money, dramatically increases appeal to new players who were thrown off by the graphics before. It might even be start of a WoW renaissance if they get their content design right in WoD.
  1. siccora's Avatar
    going 100% female orc again!
  1. Rhywolver's Avatar
    Looks awesome. Nothing more to say.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Goretex View Post
    Overall who really sits and gawks at their characters for hrs on end? lol
    I do, every raid night. Dat waggle. :<
  1. QwertySham's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thneed View Post
    Nailed it. The art work, I mean.
    I lol'd.

    Looks good, might actually consider rolling a femal orc now o.O
  1. Chuck's Avatar
    Gnome hair still looks way too crappy... poligonal and with ugly texture stripes...
  1. Repefe's Avatar
    Is that a male or female orc model Hm.
  1. Lisanna's Avatar
    I think you just gave this orc some soul, splendid work, must be alot of fun to do all this, to accomplish with such great things! I'm dying to wait before the female Night Elf, also male NE and Human would be cool to see.
  1. Kisu's Avatar
    Still waiting for the Female and Male versions of Druid forms :3
  1. Piesor's Avatar
    Love it! Nothing more to say ....
  1. Zanfo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by avatarshaoran View Post
    Never been so proud of being a member of the horde! Now let's how Female Troll will look like.
    I think that troll female will be like High Priestess Mar'li.
  1. Wayne25uk's Avatar
    Gotta say you people are really shallow... i hope this isnt how you treat men and women in real life just based on looks.

    "I may roll a orc now" "Worthy of being a horde now" "She's sexy and im a virgin" etc

    I play for the GAME PLAY not the graphics.
  1. Hb's Avatar
    Still missing nelf, human male, trolls, female cow? Cant be long for beta now.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne25uk View Post
    Gotta say you people are really shallow... i hope this isnt how you treat men and women in real life just based on looks.

    "I may roll a orc now" "Worthy of being a horde now" "She's sexy and im a virgin" etc

    I play for the GAME PLAY not the graphics.
    Lol...stop being silly. This is indeed a game, people wanting their toons to look good and nice doesn't at all suggest they are shallow and treating people badly based on looks IRL. If you haven't noticed by now, this orc looks NOTHING like a real human.

    You can play for the game play all you like, others appreciate the graphics as well as the gameplay. Duh. The current female orc feels very stiff in animations and her face has no character compared to the male. They have fixed this with this new model and it's no wonder people are drawn toward that.
  1. CaptainCakepie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skizzit View Post
    No, they just confirmed that brown skinned orcs exist. The vast majority of NPC orcs on Draenor will be brown skinned ones and of course they are going to use the new models for them as well. This may point to them at least considering opening up the brown skin as an option, but it does not confirm anything.
    I think you're wrong. First off, they say "our ... heroine", which pretty much means the player. They didn't say "our ... orcs", which indeed would indicate that it might just be for NPCs, but the way they're wording it and expressing it makes it pretty obvious that this is indeed intended for the player.
  1. Ayarea's Avatar
    This one looks so good. She looks more like an orc female now instead of an empty puppet she used to be . Looking forward!
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    I can honestly say that, even though I love dwarves, this is the best one yet. The HUGE difference between the old one and the new is just astonishing. She's got more soul and attitude than any of the other characters so far imo. Female troll, tauren and belf still left but still...the before and after of orc females is just splendid! Can't wait to see animations for bows and such!!

    I race changed my main from goblin to orc last night in anticipation to get used to their different size and such way ahead. Unless they blow me away with the tauren female, my main will be orc female with soul for sure.
  1. Dragon2K's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCakepie View Post
    I think you're wrong. First off, they say "our ... heroine", which pretty much means the player. They didn't say "our ... orcs", which indeed would indicate that it might just be for NPCs, but the way they're wording it and expressing it makes it pretty obvious that this is indeed intended for the player.
    By our heroine they mean the model, dumdum
  1. Xaroc's Avatar
    The old models are fine, I just want the game to be good again.

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