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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. Kaniinchen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    What sexism would that be...? Surely it must be something aimed at guys because I didn't feel insulted by anything in it.
    It's aimed at guys, it's clearly the hairy ass.
  1. alt-ithist's Avatar
    Omfg what did they do... And how did the request for longer more alien tail end up as stubs for tail. And that, THAT FACE. The need to fire that artist.

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    Ohh shit it's April first... That explains a lot.
  1. mmoc79cd15b503's Avatar
    FFS thanks a lot everyone who wanted a april fools joke, you just cost us a raid tier.
  1. Fizzle's Avatar
    Hahaha, the eyes. "Kill me please" That's what the eyes say.
  1. Farora's Avatar
    Pretty funny, you can already see parts of the new models though. I wonder if they really increase the boob size :O
  1. Archermit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cassidin View Post
    Rule number one: Blizzard never post anything REAL on 1st April.
    This, I would guess the this means we will see the real reveal tomorrow. It almost looks like they took the new model and messed it up slightly for the day that's in it.
  1. Gnu's Avatar
    so April's fool is back

    in the mean time it would have been hilarious to see all the guys watching their "pretty" draenei turn into goats at the release
  1. Sylviane's Avatar
    Haha, fantastic.
  1. Hikikomori's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zstr View Post
    I hope that ass shape stays, please
    The boobs ain't to shabby either. The face, eyes, and that turkey neck double chin shit... really blizz... shitty joke brah.
  1. mmoc3eb006e951's Avatar

    Good one
  1. mmocf77227e8ed's Avatar
    Absolutely the best April's fool ever. I was actually laughing that this can't be true and only a few seconds later realized what day it is. The face reminded me of Homer Simpson. Lmao.
  1. Tucci's Avatar
    LOL. They went all out this year. Inb4 this is the real model and we all just really hurt Blizzard's feelings.
  1. Nivena's Avatar
    Hahaha, I laughed way too hard on this one!
  1. Hyve's Avatar
    Oh god, that's horrible.

    I'm thankful this is a joke, but it did shock me at first!
  1. El_Diabl0's Avatar
    wa? That looks ridiculous! As others said it must be a joke.
  1. raitasusi's Avatar
    so, yeah, if this wasn't an april fools day prank, well, they'd be making a ton of money on race changes...troggs are better looking than that.
  1. Grizelda's Avatar
    This looks horrible. I hope it's a joke.
  1. jimlow's Avatar
    LOL she looks like Amy, from Amy's bake shop! HA HAHAHAHAHAHA
  1. Tiarromba's Avatar
    Great One! was getting pissed off til i looked at the calender XD
  1. mmocceab2b1884's Avatar
    Aprilfools everyone

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