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Artcraft - Remaking the Female Draenei
The new Female Draenei character model is here!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Welcome to Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director for World of Warcraft, and today we’ll be discussing the revamp of the female Draenei model. In this blog, we'll touch on how we approached this redesign, show before and after images, and talk about our art process with this particular model.

When we first discussed throwing away the old model and making a new female Draenei from scratch, one topic that kept coming up was the connection between the Lost Ones and the Draenei; visually, there wasn’t one. We wanted to help a player understand, more viscerally, the connection between the Lost Ones, and their seemingly perfect cousins—the Draenei. Ready to challenge long-standing design conceits, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

Lead Character artist Tyson Murphy explains: “The original model was never very popular among players, and while certainly there are the few who dearly love playing a female Draenei, we felt like we needed to start over. The best way for us to do that was pretty clear from the start: rely on the lore. I wanted to create a new face that got across the idea that this was someone you know, the proverbial “blue space demon next-door”, while playing up her connection to the Lost Ones. We brought out her eyes, created a more natural “Lost Ones” jaw line, brought her waistline in to more realistic proportions, and took the hairline up to create some visual parity with the male designs.”

Lead Animator Steve Aguilar:

“A lot of what we try to accomplish with art in the game is to tell a visual story through the textures, props, and animation, giving you a sense of what something is without having to outright explain it through text or voice. Most people forget that the original Draenei survivors on the Exodar came from one specific mountain family clan, and the Draenei female you know and love was actually conceived en route to Azeroth. We wanted to rough up her edges a bit, and tell a story that has been told many times before—the story of a rebellious young girl cooped up on her family’s floating crystal ship that’s just crashed on a fantastical planet. When you get your hands on Warlords of Draenor, be sure to take a look at some of the unique emotes the animation team has created for her. Some of my favorites are: /twerk, /ew, /chewgum, and /whatever. Also keep in mind that the models shown here are using a temporary pose, which may make her appear more animated and lively than she will in the final product.”

Character Artist Dusty Nolting adds:

“The Draenei, like all of the game’s races except the humans, are essentially anthropomorphic representations of animals, so a lot of care went into conveying that. Playing up the capra-like slender reverse-ankle and hoof, and adding tasteful amounts of fur, were both changes players have been asking for since Burning Crusade. We also know a lot of you have been requesting full “back side” shots to properly compare the before and after. Hopefully this helps!”

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

See you next time!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Artcraft - Remaking the Female Draenei started by chaud View original post
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  1. Fabled's Avatar
    April Fools......
  1. Blitzo's Avatar
    They defiantly made up for last years April Fools.

    Yes, kids, this is an April Fools joke.
  1. Cassidin's Avatar
    So..... three April Fools jokes from Blizzard this year: Spacegoat Goatfur Girl, Change your faction - not race, and wonderful new game + console. I guess some people at Blizzard are not very busy lately lol. Incidently, thought ElvUIs was funny too. Was a total WOW moment when I logged in and had to play "Hello Kitty"!
  1. Avendryl's Avatar
    People have been waiting for any new information on the updated models. Not cool to use it as an April Fool's joke.
  1. Herradura's Avatar
    Dat furry ass.
  1. markdead's Avatar
    Good god, i'm crying of laughter, i'm actually crying of laughter.. thank you chris
  1. Kioshi's Avatar
    I guess if you like Hairy Women this is for you.... but yea April fools
  1. g01851's Avatar
    Oh god... please let this be April Fools! Otherwise I will have several toon slots opening up, or race changes incoming!
  1. BattlingBard's Avatar
    Space Goat, anyone? xD
  1. Diggy's Avatar
    There has been more news about WoD(albeit fake) than in the past month.
  1. Taoforums's Avatar
    23 chromosome :P
  1. Tenjen's Avatar
    The orcs did not infact slaughter 98% of the draenai population. That amount tripped on their hooves and stabbed themselves in the neck on their own horns by accident.
  1. Grimblake's Avatar
    Oh my god, those hoofs looks like Jaime Lannisters arm :P Its a good job its an april's fools. GG Blizzard
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Looks better than current Draenei.
  1. Deruyter's Avatar
    Haha good one!

    Looks like blue Kardashian sister :P
  1. genjur0's Avatar
    *checks if its still april 1st*

    ok guys nothing to see here.
  1. Zigrifid's Avatar
    Remember kids dont believe anything that will be posted today nothing nothing nothing!
  1. Blitzo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cassidin View Post
    So..... three April Fools jokes from Blizzard this year: Spacegoat Goatfur Girl, Change your faction - not race, and wonderful new game + console. I guess some people at Blizzard are not very busy lately lol. Incidently, thought ElvUIs was funny too. Was a total WOW moment when I logged in and had to play "Hello Kitty"!
    I think the change your race was MMO-champion's idea
  1. Mkgego's Avatar
    GOOD ONE BLIZZ !!!

    Aprils Fools
  1. Anon90's Avatar
    Fun April Fools Joke, but I do hope this won't delay another Artcraft, otherwise as funny as it may be, it is simply a waste of "Artcraft"

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