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    The Patient Tara Jenkins's Avatar
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    Smile Female Pandaren Body Type - An Artist's Debate.

    There is a small group of posters across MMO-Champ, WoW US, and a few other forums who are confused as to how exactly bone structures work, and the actual extent of sexual dimorphism in Warcraft races. I am writing and scribbling this huge post to try and explain it, and clear up confusion that I see erupt regularly into venomous insults from both sides of the spectrum, chubby or thin.

    Also to save me from posting the same argument in various threads again, and again, and again.

    This is a male Pandaren, Blizzard's official model. I am dubbing him Lung Bai.



    I want you to look closely at the length and breadth of his limbs and torso and hips here. Pandaren, though they are 5-6 feet tall, are not built like humans, Draenei, or Blood Elves, races that share that height range. Their limbs are short, and their torsos and hips thick, like, for example, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Goblins.



    Females in Warcraft have always been curvier/more slightly built than the males. Female bodies are rounded in different ways than men, this is par the course. The key here is the extent of the dimorphism, and the fact that limb and torso length do not vary EXTREMELY between the sexes, and the skeleton has only slight difference between them.

    Let's look at the Dwarves.



    Artists measure body proportions by "heads", literally, the size of the head. Notice the similarities between the two sexes, here. Also, for all races, notice that the head size does not drastically differ by sex. See how they all roughly share the exact same proportions and build, if not weight? That is because they are the same race. I would not expect to see pudge in a static female racial model when the male is lean, or vice versa. Warcraft does not allow for body customization, and so, by necessity, the body types between the sexes are very similar as to be recognizable as that race in a glance. Warcraft has always done this. There is no race where the body type is vastly different by sex. I am speaking of proportions and tone. I am not speaking of the size of the muscles, I am referring to their type.

    For shoots and geeglez, let us look at one of the "tall" and slender races, in this case, Blood Elves.



    See how the length of the limbs and torso line up? Again, because they are the same species.

    Now, back to Lung Bai.



    Most posters seem very passionate at the idea they should look similar to the males, and I am one of them. But now, let me explain why. This is not even a matter of whether the males are chubby or not, though in all honesty, they are. Watch when "New Class: Monk" hits at 1:44 in the trailer, for example. Yes. That is a belly with fat, and it is a racial baseline. But, back to the explanation!

    And back to Lung Bai, and his proportions. Here is where things get interesting. For those that insist they must be thin, here is a thin body built on Pandaren proportions.



    If you think pandas are too "kiddy" for Warcraft, how about that Rescue Rangers build she's working there?

    Women have wider hips than men in our world. That is usually the case in Warcraft, or slightly smaller than the men with Orcs, or actually a bit thicker than females for Gnomes. Look at the hips on Lung. That is your goal. Can you stretch what is considered thin by human standards across that? Yep! But it will still be wide as their skeletal structure. Fat may go, but bones do not shrink. And that is still much wider than human standards.

    But that brings us to the finishing argument I have in this debate.

    In keeping in line with the racial similarities between sexes of the races of Azeroth....

    ....how does that even remotely resemble the male Pandaren past the black and white colors?

    However, same proportions, does this one?



    It is a tradition I believe Blizzard will not deviate from so drastically. I believe that, as talented as the artists are on the slender end of the spectrum, this is not the place for a Wakfu Pandawa. This is a place for Rubens, not Royo. Yes, those pics look great, in their own proportions. Squashing them down to try making a Pandaren fit them makes them look just a wee bit differently than you may think.

    Thanks for listening!
    Last edited by Tara Jenkins; 2011-10-26 at 03:30 AM.

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    nice work really nice

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    After *actually* reading this post, if anyone is still begging for thin pandas then I don't know what to say to them.

    BEAUTIFUL job. I love your work.

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    Thank you both so much!

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    yes thats a good one :> nice piece of work you have here.

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    Indeed. Very well done. I hope Blizz goes that direction.
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    +1

    I approve.

    I wish this could be stickied. FYI you goofed on the last image and posted a link instead."

    I think your drawing is probably the best one I've seen thus far. You clearly understand it well as an artist. I would play it in a heartbeat.
    Last edited by Karilyn; 2011-10-25 at 06:41 PM.

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    Nice job, and I like the version you came up with. I hope this is what Blizzard decides to do because it seems to match the males really well.

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    Edit : Nevermind you got it.
    <3
    Last edited by Snow White; 2011-10-25 at 06:46 PM.

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    GOD I hope they go with the 'bouncy' model.

    I still cringe every time I see those god-awful rabid chihuahua faces they foisted on the poor Worgen females.

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    Like I've been saying for ages - Pandas EAT bamboo, they don't LOOK LIKE bamboo.
    I find it utterly laughable that people are having ZERO issues with android monks, cyborg dwarves, and shadow-warping gunplay assassins, but they throw absolute FITS if you suggest a timejumping tomboy might be gay or that a walking artillery-platform might self-identify as female.
    Apparently, the superintelligent jetpack gorilla from the Moon makes perfect sense, but chrono-displaced lesbians and transgender automatons is just ridiculous!

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    There is one thing working against this: Draenei. They have the greatest amount of sexual dimorphism in WoW: males built like Mack trucks, females built like Ferraris! I don't expect them to pull that trick on us again, but there's always a possibility. Oh, wait. They already did: Worgen. >.>

    Let me see if I can whip up a half-decent concept to what I think Female Pandaren will look like...
    Last edited by Holtzmann; 2011-10-25 at 06:48 PM.

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    XD Yyyyyeah, you're right, found that out the hard way last night. Fixed!

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    On your final rendition, I'd actually shrink the breast size. We've got enough watermellon luggers in the game as it is, without adding yet more. I'd still would prefer:

    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...ki-d4dvs7u.jpg

    It's thick, but not overly fat. Your image also keeps the female body the exact same as the males. When it is clear to anyone that the dwarf females are a bit skinnier than the male dwarves. Also look at the weight lore for females and Males:

    Males = 200-300lbs
    Females = 160-240lbs.

    The lightest male is 40lbs heavier than the lightest female. The male that is the heaviest is 60lbs more than the heaviest female. An in between weight for males is 250lbs. An in between for the females is around 200lbs. That is still 50lbs lighter than the males.

    This means your not taking into account the weight difference in the females. You are approaching them as if the males and females weigh the exact same no matter what. This clearly is not the case. That is why the one I just linked, is more ideal. She looks like she could weigh 40-60lbs lighter than the males, yet still be in the heavy weight department.
    Last edited by Sunshine; 2011-10-25 at 06:57 PM.

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    Thank you for making this post, really really lovely art aswell to go with it. Cheers!

    It baffles me why'd people want to reduce an race known for their hunger for food into sticks when it comes for the females. It doesn't hurt to have more flesh around the bones, male pandaren are a living proof of that. c :

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    One of the very few constructive threads about the expansion. Good job on all that work, its actually quite informative.
    I never knew the racial models actually had similar proportions.

    Someone post this at the official forums, blizzard has to see this before they put the chihuahua designers in charge of pandaren females.
    People take stupidity to a whole new level when they sit in front of a computer.

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    Alewen, Can you PLEASE stop linking that gigantic picture everywhere you go? You can't even really get a good idea of what her proportions are in that position anyway.

    I think the OP did a fantastic job of representing the race. The male standing by her side makes for a great comparison. I don't understand how anyone could not LOVE that pandaren female.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holtzmann View Post
    There is one thing working against this: Draenei. They have the greatest amount of sexual dimorphism in WoW: males built like Mack trucks, females built like Ferraris! I don't expect them to pull that trick on us again, but there's always a possibility. Oh, wait. They already did: Worgen. >.>

    Let me see if I can whip up a half-decent concept to what I think Female Pandaren will look like...
    The key there is, both of the sexes are toned. Male Draenei are not packing helft like a Pandaren male. Draenei torsos are topheavy, not bottom. Draenei proportionately are not nearly as different as what some people ask for of the Pandaren.

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    I don't care if others agree, but I absolutely love your chunky Pandaren femme

    If Blizz makes them like you did, I'm rolling one

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    I am jealous of your artistic talents..........straight up.

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