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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. NathSB's Avatar
    Bwahahahaha! The eyes!
  1. mmocd12f42ecc6's Avatar
    well played.
  1. mmoc2affe961ff's Avatar
    Aww, I was hoping for a real revelation of the Draenei, not a april joke. : I

    Even if it was a damn good one. xD Even if people dont read the text to it and realise all the joke in it.
  1. mmoc3c8522fde4's Avatar
    Boobs looks bigger...
    Sure hope that part of the model aint part of the April Fool's Joke..
  1. mmoca527924a38's Avatar
    *g* Tried to reverse the effect by painting over the model:

  1. Panquake's Avatar
    Can't stop laughing at that face.
  1. mmoc3f25629bd0's Avatar
    so, thats what? at least 3 raid tiers of stuff we could have had if they had not put all these jokes out today?
  1. mmocb41c2945ea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Engelszorn View Post
    *g* Tried to reverse the effect by painting over the model:

    That looks really good! I hope they are at least a little bit close to what you did. Love her hair
  1. mmoc27783e5c75's Avatar
    not sure if serious or ..
  1. lokithor's Avatar
    Please tell me this is an april fools joke.

    If not this is why they need to give free race changes when the expansion comes out.
  1. Polarthief's Avatar
    Wow, That's... wow. The eyes... the lazy eyes x.x;
  1. Yumisara's Avatar
    Piss off Blizzard
  1. videotape's Avatar
    The face, the eyes. Amazing.

    Oh and GG to the whiners whining about how expensive it is to make April Fool's jokes. Imagine how many raid tiers they could pump out if nobody at Blizzard ever took vacation or sick leave, had children, celebrated holidays, or slept. What a bunch of lazy shits.
  1. Snes's Avatar

    April Fool's :P
  1. mmocdfdf1a8f27's Avatar
    Love you blizz!
  1. mmocaa8b08b6ba's Avatar
    Daym them THUNDER THIGHS.
  1. Satelliteyears0o's Avatar
    lol best April fools ever.. First we get Blizzard outcasts w/ a nice homage to street fighter II, then the trolling new female draenei model post hahahaha. Blizz really understands its playerbase
  1. Kanariya's Avatar
    That double chin.. those wild eyes... that michael jackson nose... the stump tail and ashy ass...

    Here for this.
  1. The Jester's Avatar
    I almost forgot what day it is.
  1. mmoca527924a38's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimba View Post
    That looks really good! I hope they are at least a little bit close to what you did. Love her hair
    I wonder what the final model will look like and how closely my overpainting resembles it XD

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