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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. jaykaywhy's Avatar
    Read some of the artist comments if you're wondering if this is an April Fool's Joke.
  1. Treno's Avatar
    To be fair, irregardless of the joke, it does give us some examples of what they can do for some of the more ridiculous looking races.

    "The original model was never very popular among players" is definitely the dead giveaway though.
  1. vastx's Avatar
    Though I hate the term....Blizzard has successfully rendered an "Ermahgerd" face.
  1. mmoc3c935abe17's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Avendryl View Post
    People have been waiting for any new information on the updated models. Not cool to use it as an April Fool's joke.
    Yeah, TOO SOON BLIZZARD. I will now go and cry in a corner because Blizzard is making fun of my updated models. Boohoo.
  1. mmoca2286446c4's Avatar
    Hahaha it looks like she's choking from that additional body hair she just got Well done Blizz!
  1. Every Pwny's Avatar
    lmao these things are freaky.
  1. Drilnos's Avatar
    The pictures were good. The text was priceless.
  1. Bathory's Avatar
    lollllll was hoping they'd do something like this.
  1. Yarathir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Avendryl View Post
    People have been waiting for any new information on the updated models. Not cool to use it as an April Fool's joke.

    So long as it was a real announcement, and these screenshots are just temporary for the sake of the joke, the joke is funny to me. If it means the whole announcement was fake, and only for April Fools', I'll be pretty miffed.
  1. Mikeshort's Avatar
    Some of my favorites are: /twerk, /ew, /chewgum, and /whatever.

    April fools or not; i want these
  1. blackdemon2000's Avatar
    Can't wait to try the /twerk animation...
    GG Blizz
  1. Solomodex's Avatar
    10/10 would play *tips fedora*
  1. Archimand's Avatar
    ye its april fools model :P
  1. mmoc796e664f5d's Avatar
    i REALLY hope this is an April fools, my god at that face!!!
  1. Aeryana's Avatar
    Wow. They honestly had me for a good 2-3 seconds like, "Dude, what the Hell is up with that chin -- wait... today's April Fools."
  1. JV Chequer's Avatar

    omfg i'm rolling like a wrecking ball on the floor.
  1. Leandros's Avatar
    LOLLOL I was like "NOOOOOOO". They look terrible! Then I realized it had to be an April Fools Day joke. LOL, the eyes are the best part. Good one Blizz.
  1. Draenox's Avatar
    I hope this an april 1st joke, fur? seriously? D:

    The hair-line being that high looks borderline creepy as well
  1. Shaeris's Avatar
    Ty for heart attack
  1. mmoc5461ee9f4c's Avatar
    LOL!!!! Hilarious!

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