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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
Comments 507 Comments
  1. mmoca01e16f76d's Avatar
    I hope it's an aprils fools, or I would be really mad
  1. sociald1077's Avatar
    Oh my god, they Vickie Guerrero a space goat!
    Very nice Blizz!
  1. mmocceab2b1884's Avatar
    April 1st mkay?
  1. mmocef2fdcc82b's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jimlow View Post
    LOL she looks like Amy, from Amy's bake shop! HA HAHAHAHAHAHA
    haha, i thought it looked a bit familiar but couldn't tell from where, but now you mention it. oh my god!
  1. Kryos's Avatar
    What a mean April Fools joke... but they got me. I clicked the first pic and started to believe it... but the face made clear it's a joke.
  1. Barendon's Avatar
    one of their best april fools joke.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Hoping for these are not real, apart from the head which is ok the feet for the legs look too small to hold up the rest of the body and whats with the docking of the tail..
  1. |Dexter|'s Avatar
    So the art team that takes forever to make this new model took time for this dumb joke.... Really?
  1. Xisa's Avatar
    As for whether or not people will rage over this, remember: There is a sucker born every minute. Plenty of people will fall for "/twerk" and derpy eyes.
  1. zorkuus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by |Dexter| View Post
    So the art team that takes forever to make this new model took time for this dumb joke.... Really?
    Photoshop is hard.
  1. mmoca01e16f76d's Avatar
    well, at least boobs are nice
  1. Xisa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by |Dexter| View Post
    So the art team that takes forever to make this new model took time for this dumb joke.... Really?
    What is life like without a sense of humor?
  1. Dalkzul's Avatar
    LMFAO I nearly cried laughing.
  1. hanketsu's Avatar
    Waiting for Blizzard to say "Gotcha! April Fools!" cause that has got the be the ugliest damn Draenei I have ever seen. I'll keep the old model, thanks.
  1. Fullmetal89's Avatar
    Hahaha that double chin is so hawt. Well played Blizzard, well played.
  1. Zaroch's Avatar
    to the people seriously saying "IT COST US A RAID TIER hurr durr" these are probably images drawn by hand and the model doesn't have animations or skeleton. All of them shouldn't have took more than 5hours and I think it worth every minute spent on them xD.
  1. AnEvilForce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by |Dexter| View Post
    So the art team that takes forever to make this new model took time for this dumb joke.... Really?
    Does it really look like it took a lot of time and effort to make that? I mean really?
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Makes me wonder now if you click on the official forums link in the blue post you get a 404 message on the Blizz site..
  1. Sativ's Avatar
    Wow.... April Fools day!
  1. Tebayo's Avatar
    hahahaha this is awesome i love you blizzard

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