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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. Nozuka's Avatar
    I actually like this fake model... makes them a bit more different.

    Sure its ugly, but they are from another planet after all...
  1. Durandro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Craakar View Post
    I really hope this is another April 1st thing, it's bloody ugly, the middle picture especially. Thing is, it looks 'kinda new' that I could believe 'early work in progress', so I'm afraid it might be real despite the date
    I hope so too. It actually goes against what they said about 'keeping the soul' of the models - this is a redesign, and looks awful.

    But yeah, its April 1st. Or was when it was posted. So yeah.
  1. suh8lim3's Avatar
    No offense, but you'd have to be retarded to think this draenei model was real. It looks like they barely even touched the old model, and if you've seen the new ones, its a complete overhaul, but keeping the same look in general. Not to mention the fact that the eyes are all derp, almost like they're looking in different directions. This was posted on April 1st, I mean, cmon. And finally, Blizzard already stated this was fake, just this morning on the forums.
  1. Nihilius's Avatar
    Here's hoping they will release the actual model reveal soon.
  1. Dragoncurry's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyp01 View Post
    I may be getting old, but I didn't really appreciate this at all.

    I grow increasingly frustrated with the drip feed mentality of each expansion. I've also ran SOO so many times it makes me feel sick. I want WOD quicker and I would appreciate more information and news on the next expansion so we know exactly what we will be getting.

    I don't think this is a good use of time and I think better time would be spent working on the new models so they are 'finished on time' Lets not have another failed promise like dance studio.

    Get back to work Blizzard.
    Well, unlike you, many of the rest of us don't run SoO till our brain oozes out of our eye sockets, and we can appreciate a good game without grinding at it for 8 months straight and then calling it shit. Try to relax, you don't need to tell them how to do their jobs lol.
  1. Lupa's Avatar
    well I think the hair and cutting the tail off is a bit much since my main is a draenei and the old face actually to me looks better. just my opinion but I like where you made them more busty keep up the good work

    P.s. and yes I know it is a hoax it is clearly stated on Blizzards website under April Fools
  1. sug3's Avatar
    Sexy like a truck driver

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