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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. mmoccfb5650d9f's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nekosom View Post
    Wow, Blizzard actually put some real effort into this one. It's nice to see a bit of their old playfulness with the fans. Though they should be warned, a lot of gullible people are going to believe this is real.
    Including, for about thirty seconds, myself - I've mained a Draenei female paladin since the start of TBC and almost had a heart attack, thinking 'omfg, what have they done? The stumpy tail, the double chin, the legs, oh god, the legs....'

    And then I remembered what day it was.

    Nice one Blizzard, you got me
  1. mmoc27674c4eec's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KillerChinchilla View Post
    Pissing myself. Although I hate them for not showing us the real updated model. That thing has been pulled out of the devil's ass.
    That thing -has- the Devils ass.
  1. De Lupe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazlofski View Post
    So much trolling from Blizzard... It definitely cost a raid tier
    Then it was a sacrifice worth making, because the laughs from this are worth more than a raid tier to me.
  1. Yig's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Narelle View Post
    The existing Draenei look confident and heroic. That has to be an April fools model, the "new" model is god awful and distorted, its the Festergut and Rotface of Draenei.
    Water is wet, and a product of hydrogen and oxygen molecules, and left is always the opposite of right.
  1. Draculla's Avatar
    Lead Art Designer of Draenei Female Model
  1. mmocb3bae280f1's Avatar
    If this for some reason isn't an April Fools,I guess that we will know actually have "Space goats". Blizzard must have taken it too seriously when we started called them that.
  1. Rosencrantz's Avatar
    Perfect. 10/10. This year is very subtle! These COULD be real and I'm not 100% convinced the goblin bit below isn't.
  1. Ralgarog's Avatar
    In before a certain group of people start with "Misogyny is never a...."
    Quote Originally Posted by tokugawa98 View Post
    A bit less sexism and I might actually have appreciated this April Fool's.
    Well fuck.
  1. FlacidGladiator's Avatar
    Spacegoat coast to coast! Watch the mass exodus of race changes if this were in fact not April 1st.
  1. Hikikomori's Avatar
    Thrall's balls I hope this is a fucking awful joke.
  1. mmoc27674c4eec's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hikikomori View Post
    Thrall's balls I hope this is a fucking awful joke.
    Search your feelings, you know this to be true!
  1. Itisamuh's Avatar
    LOL this is hilarious.
  1. mmoc31459b64b7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shampro View Post
    LMAO 10/10 this year. They did't do one last year, but they covered atleast 2 years with one. The rage will Be amazing. Rofl.
    They did one last year if I remember correct. Just not a great one... Something with Chogath I think? Or was it another game? Well, truth is, this one is amazing!
  1. chaddd's Avatar
    I really like the lazy eye.
  1. Kobomino's Avatar
    Dat new Draenei... 10/10 would bang
  1. Zstr's Avatar
    I hope that ass shape stays, please
  1. Dawnseven's Avatar
    Though there's way more I'd rather they spend time on, I'm glad Blizz took a time out to create and post a joke this year. Sometimes it's the little things. Last year was really disappointing. (As an aside, I betting we still get the real female draenei update this week.)
  1. Keltas's Avatar
    So this cost us a raid tier AND they pushed back all the model updates another month.

  1. TheRevenantHero's Avatar
    I really hope this is just an april fool's joke. Like....seriously. They really look like goats now :|
  1. mmoc157e395081's Avatar
    Up until I seen this, I was massively disappointed with Blizz's April Fools efforts this year

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