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A world of warcraft commission i just finished up of Sylvanas Windrunner.
on another note, i'm considering just making one thread for all my finals. >< it'd probably do me some good. and keep down the clutter.
specs on this:
11x14 bristol, about 20-25 hours. holbein watercolour, FW acrylic ink, and some skeezy brand of pearlescent ink whose name escapes me at the moment.
armour isn't 100% the warcraft model. i took a few liberties considering sylvanas (in game) has the same body model as alexstrasza-- so i made minor alterations as i saw fit, for the sake of differentiation. in addition, commissioner told me to go buck wild on her battle bikini.
included is the final piece, detail shots, and progress shots. i don't typically do fantasy art, so this was entertaining for me. Enjoy. 8D
Nice work. The piece has a nice 'flow' about it.
It's a lovely image, but never would I have ever guessed it was Sylvanas. The color scheme more than anything is really throwing that off.
I actually like the 5ht down half colored image the best. I know it's unfinished, but with some very slight tweeking it would make a cool magazine cover, or insert.
I like the image, but I definitely didn't think Sylvanas when I saw it, which kind of ruins the whole point of the painting, since that is who it is supposed to be. Other than that its great though.
thanks for the comments guys!
as far as the "can't tell it's sylvanas" thing, a lot of the ref i picked up had this colour scheme, just far more muted. i felt like i needed to intensify the red to bring it together (and intensifying the gold was a mistake that i tried to rectify). the commissioner was pleased with her but i've had more than just you two in the thread mention that she wasn't recognizable, which is kind of disconcerting (i didn't go THAT off model). is it just a colour scheme thing? or is it more an interpretive thing? one girl said that she recognized it was warcraft but at the same time didn't recognize it, and i think it came down to interpretation to her.
In my opinion it isn't the design or line work, it's the color scheme, but it isn't '...just a color scheme thing' as you phrased it. Using the word 'just' like that I feel like your minimalizing the importance of what color is used. Color is hugely important to character identity and recognizability. Batman is black, Superman is blue and red ect...
I have only ever seen the undead version of Sylvanas wearing purple, grey or black. Dark, cold, muted colors. She is undead, she is a sorrowful character condemned to an un-life of pain, suffering and misery, there is a reason she is supposed to have a low key color scheme. As for the references you saw, I tried for a good 10 min but was unable to find any depictions of her in red beyond 1 odd screenshot form WC3 when she was still alive, and 1 cosplay outfit where the girl was waring a red hood...
If I hadn't seen the title to the thread I'd of guessed this was a depiction of Blood raven from Diablo 2.
I did a VERY quick recolor of your image just to illustrate the mood change from your color scheme to the one used in the game. I think I did this more for me to verify that it was in fact the color that was throwing me off. I'm now very confident it's the colors. Your line work is simply gorgeous.
check the sylvanas page on wowwiki: http://www.wowwiki.com/Sylvanas_Windrunner the main image on that page has the red and i believe it's from cataclysm promo work. in addition, the glenn rane TCG image in the gallery has a similar scheme. given the lighting in that image, and the fact that i always perceived her armour to be red in the in game model (modified by lighting), i went ahead with the red construct given that the lighting in my piece is not fabricated to be the same as it is in the undercity. skintone wise, considering she's an undead high elf (who went from night elf model, to blood elf model, to semi unique model), i went white with the purple undertones for the skin instead of the straight up blue since i went with the red. i wanted more of a bloodless look to the skin to contrast with waterfall of blood on her chest.
i appreciate the paint over and i kind of like the violets, the washing out-- but i hope you can see the purpose and reasoning behind my colour choices. if i was able to go back, i think i would actually bring more browns and violets into the reds and bring a lighter red wash over it, to make it less intense than it is to satisfy the inclination toward a more muted colour scheme. i also said "just" as in "is it only the colours or is it because she looks like lady gaga". definitely not meant to bring the application of colour into a sidelined position.
Last edited by Erotopia; October 2nd, 2010 at 12:17 PM.