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I began this project last summer, as a follow-up to my rather crudely-assembled racial height and build comparison.

At the time, however, the sexism-in-WoW discussion was going around again, and I felt that it would be rather gauche to post what is undeniably an objectified image: I have reduced my models to shapes to be studied.

I’d been meaning to complete it anyway, but somehow BTH always seemed to already be using the tablet to work on his comic whenever I wanted to work on it :P

With all the wonderful new model previews being released, I figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.

I had been thinking I’d do a further follow-up of close-up studies of the front and profile shapes of the faces, because I feel like I still don’t have a really good grasp on how to make some of the races different from my standard way of drawing human people. I’d like to do a companion set of “beach bums of Azeroth”, too, because I feel that I understand the male shapes even less than the female shapes. Maybe I should wait on that until all the new models come out in 6.0, though.

Speaking of the new models, I’ve liked all the ones we’ve seen glimpses of so far, and I look forward to seeing the Night Elf, the Troll, and especially the Tauren. The new female Orc makes me wish I hadn’t deleted my level 35 Orc Enhancement Shaman. I do hope the shaved head texturing makes it into the final model.

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One of my current favorite WoW webcomics is Away From Reality. It’s funny, the characters are likeable, and the art is totally unique from any other WoW webcomic I’ve ever seen. Instead of drawing, screencapping, or using WMV, Erik Jensen uses the program Poser to model and render his characters. Although this makes the art less immediately recognizable as being derived from WoW, I think the more broad-spectrum fantasy game look also makes the comic more accessible to non-WoW players.

On the “About” page, Jensen comments,

I would love to see someone with actual artistic talent someday render some of my characters or comics, but for myself, this is all I can do.

This invitation has been bouncing around in the back of my brain for awhile now, and out it came onto paper when I was searching for inspiration for something to draw yesterday.

Here we have the main cast of Away From Reality (well, sort-of):

night elf druid Alaxia
human prot warrior Gord
human warlock Morgatha
gnome mage Thizzible*
dwarf holy priest Hurgon

*Night elf hunter Targe is formally the fifth member of the “main cast”, but it’s seemed to me like Thizzible has made more appearances than Targe since the crew reached Pandaria.

The outfits in the picture are (somewhat loosely) based on the in-game clothing items that I thought best matched the clothing the characters wear in the comic — though these are not, obviously, complete Transmogrification kits because most of them are lacking gloves.

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.

The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.

Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.

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Over about a year and a half, from September 2010 to May 2012, I drew a series of pictures depicting Azerothian sapient species dressed in the sorts of clothing that one might see in a contemporary congregation of Sunday church-goers.


Well, okay, perhaps this sort of dress might only be seen on a teenager during Prom season.


The unmodified artwork for “The Speedbarge Summer Soiree” fits into this meme, too.


This dress might only be seen during a town’s “celebrate our pioneer heritage!” week.


While I was in graduate school, one of my male friends found this outfit at a thrift store and delighted in wearing it to church periodically ever afterward.
I wonder if he still wears it sometimes?


Another dress most likely to be seen on a teenager around Prom season.
The blue shirt + yellow tie combination was very fashionable when I was in my late teens and early twenties.


I drew the lineart for this picture directly in ink and the figures turned out so badly proportioned that I needed to draw a background to rationalize them.

Then, with Humans, Dwarves, and Forsaken remaining, I ran out of steam.

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In honor of the coincidence of her birthday with the Oscars this year, Mataoka is hosting a movie-themed Transmogrification event:

Submit three mog outfits, (Mogit is fine) of three characters from one of your favorite movies, or from one of the award nominees this year…. This is not their Oscar or red carpet attire, but the costumes in the films.

I chose the Harry Potter series as my movie and the main trio not of students, but of professors as my characters.

Minerva McGonagall


Skywitch Hat, Mantle of the Tribunal, Embroidered Gown of Zul’Drak, Living Mojo Belt, Replica Virtuous Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Drape of Smoldering Dreams, Mahogany Wand, Dungeoneering Guide
Although she is the Head of Gryffindor House, whose colours are red and gold, Professor McGonagall is clearly described as wearing “emerald green” robes. In the movies, she wears a dark forest green outer robe over a black dress.

Severus Snape


Duskhallow Mantle, Silver-Thread Robe, Ivycloth Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Warmonger’s Cloak, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Tears of Heaven, Green Martial Shirt
Professor Snape should be dressed in the deepest, darkest black possible. The combination of the sleeveless Silver-Thread Robe with a Martial Shirt produced a deeper black color in the sleeves than the Black Velvet Robes have. The gold filigree on the sleeves of the shirt helps harmonize the gold trim of the Warmonger’s Cloak — the deepest black cloak available — and on the edges of the mantle.

Albus Dumbledore


Elder’s Hat, Stiffened Corpse Shoulderpads, Robe of the Elder Scribes, Vestal’s Irrepresible Girdle, Soulcloth Gloves, Footfalls of Memories, Cloak of Woven Energy, Cookie’s Stirring Rod, Cosmos
Headmaster Dumbledore is supposed to be tall and skinny, but Human facial hair options are simply adequate for his long beard. Dwarves and Gnomes have better beard options, and I judge Dumbledore to be more of a Gnome-type personality than a Dwarf-type personality. Of course, he is also supposed to have hair on his head that is also long enough to tuck into his belt, but the beard is more important for a correct visual impression.

Bonus: Harry Potter-themed Battle Pet Team

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Things my Bankers Wear

A generally non-Transmogrification-friendly collection of outfits worn by characters who have accumulated /played far beyond what would be normally expected for their level due to spending most of their time running between the mailbox, the Bank, and the Auction House. I will update it sporadically as I create new Banking outfits. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Basic Banking Black & White

Tuxedo Shirt & Pants with and without Tuxedo Jacket, Haliscan Jacket & Pants, Dress Shoes



White Woolen Dress, Simple Black Dress, or Lovely Black Dress (plus Tuxedo Shirt & Pants) with Dress Shoes or Knitted Sandals


Gilnean Acolyte’s Robe with Dress Shoes, Black Festival Suit with Knitted Sandals
A showcase of suitable attire for the level 1 bank alt. If you are willing to do enough questing to reach level 5 and to run around enough to visit each of your faction’s capitals and the towns in the corresponding starting zones during the Lunar Festival, you can easily acquire the very elegant Black Festival Suit.
A level 1 bank alt will not actually be able to have the Top Hat; a Top Hat-wearing bank alt will probably be about level 13 at the minimum because that’s how long it takes to get out of the phased Worgen starting zone. Although she was ultimately intended to be a Gnome all along, Karrieanna began her existence as a Worgen specifically so that I could later do this.

Festive Attire

Lunar Festival: Interlaced Cowl (lvl 28), Formal Dangui

Love is in the Air: Lovely Red Dress, Pink Mageweave Shirt, Bloodscale Belt (plate, lvl 60), Forever-Lovely Rose

Formal Black and White

Battered Jungle Hat, Duskhallow Mantle, Shadow Council tunic & trousers, Silver-Thread Sash, Antique Silver Cufflinks, Bandit Boots, Warmonger’s Cloak, Black Ice, The 1 Ring, Diamond-Tipped Cane
Even without the Black Ice ring, this outfit requires a quite high-level character. Although most of this outfit is cloth, the boots are leather.
The Black Mageweave Vest + Formal White Shirt would be a nice variation in place of the Shadow Council tunic.

Haliscan Bard

Haliscan Brimmed Hat/Forever-Lovely Rose, Haliscan Jacket & Pantaloons, Bard’s gloves & boots, Warmonger’s Cloak, Tuxedo Shirt, Dazzling Mithril Rapier
Even though the brick red of the cummerbund and the maroon of the boots & gloves don’t match exactly, I am absurdly fond of this combination.

Thunder Bluff Banker

Bloodwoven chest belt pants & bracers, Khadgar’s Knapsack
For a short time, the Bloodwoven chestpiece appeared as an elongated tunic, like the Journeyman’s Vest, and I was very distressed because I no longer looked exactly like the Thunder Bluff bankers in this outfit.

Thunder Bluff Auctioneer


Resilient tunic belt pants gloves & boots, Talhide Helmet, Chieftain’s Shoulders, Amber Cape, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
I’d been wearing the base set for a few days when I was browsing the AH and was struck by how nicely this hat matched. With a hat, I needed some shoulders, too.
This weapon not only coordinates well with the set, but also amuses me because it matches the one given as a pestle for grinding corn for the Corn Mash cooking daily in Thunder Bluff.

Chief Officer of Finance

Durable jacket, Tuxedo Pants, Dress Shoes, Tuxedo Shirt, Antique Silver Cufflinks, Spring Gadget
The other zeppelin captains and chief officers are wearing the dusty green Conjurer’s Vest and the dark blue Sorcerer Drape. Kermione has all the colors of this chestpiece in her inventory, though she can’t wear them all just yet.

Keeping House

Seer’s Padded Armor, Godfrey’s Britches, Reconnaissance Boots*, Farmer’s Broom
Kymberlea leaves her kids with “Nana Morene”, her mother’s best friend, when she goes out questing.

Cow in Wolf’s Clothing

Gilnean Acolyte’s Robe; Gilnean Footpad’s tunic & gloves with Gilnean Tracker’s pants & boots; Gilnean Recruit’s set; Lord Walden’s Top Hat, Staff of Earned Tranquility
Kawneiha began her existence as a Worgen so that I could have a Tauren with a top hat.

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A collection of Transmogrification Template Kits actually worn in-game by my Gnome and Goblin Mages. I will update it whenever I change my in-game TTK. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Vanellope

Conjurer’s Hood, Greenweave Mantle, Willow Vest Gloves & Belt, Cleaning Britches, Sorcerer Slippers, Green Holiday Shirt
For Hallow’s End 2013, I created a Mog-costume of Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph.

reference image from disney.wikia.com
Vanellope’s signature mint-green hoodie is almost more blue than green (to my eye), and there aren’t any good color matches for it in the game. The softest green is the Crown of the Sun from Tempest Keep. The Vital Raiment robe coordinates reasonably well with that cowl, but there aren’t really any good tunic + pants options. Plus, getting Kelilla to a high enough level to solo TK was a little more work than I really wanted to do for this outfit. So I went with a brighter shade of green.
The goblin trikes would be a somewhat better mount to represent the Sugar Rush karts. Sometimes I really wish that mounts weren’t quite so faction-restricted!

Keeper of the Fens

Enumerated Shoulderpads, Fen Keeper’s Robe*, Shimmering Sash, Heavy Linen Gloves + Jessera’s Fungus Lined Cuffs, Bright Boots, Arcane Staff*, Gilnean Adventurer’s Shirt
This lovely recolor of the Night Elf Druid starter robe was awarded from the pre-Cataclysm version of Rethiel the Greenwarden’s quest chain in the Wetlands. The Spellbinder Robe could be used for a similar look.

Kezanne of Goblin Gables

Greenweave shoulders & gloves, Pressed Felt Robe, Willow Belt, S.B.R.B. Prototype 1, Shimmering cloak
This striped robe style comes in several color combinations. This lovely soft green and purple version is one of my favorites — I’ve liked these colors together ever since one of my sisters used them for her wedding a few years before I began playing WoW.

Elder Lesser Wizard

Elder’s shoulders belt gloves & boots, Lesser Wizard’s Robe, Long Silken Cloak
The helpful chatting streetcorner wizards in Dalaran (e.g. Emeline Fizzlefry) are wearing this robe, but I was feeling too lazy to hunt up a summons, so Kelilla had to take her pictures at the old Dalaran site, instead.

Holly and Ivy

Swoop-Tail Shoulders, Ivycloth Tunic, Silver-Thread Sash, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Buccaneer’s gloves & boots, Silver-Thread Cuffs, Shimmering Cloak
If I can ever manage to get Liza leveled up enough to wear a pirate hat, then this outfit would become the Smokywood Pastures Smuggler.

Astral Knot Bauble

Whitemane’s Chapeau*, Greenweave shoulders, Astral Knot Blouse*, Captain Sanders’ Sash, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Shimmering gloves & boots, Aurora bracers
The Astral Knot Blouse, which was awarded from the Alliance version of a now-obsolete Mage class quest, originally looked like the Aurora chestpiece with the skirt of the Astral Knot Robe, the other choice of reward from the same quest. I’m not quite sure when the graphics changed so that this chestpiece now causes the pants-slot item and the cuffs of the boot-slot item to appear as a wierd sort of skirt. Fortunately, it does take the Transmogrified appearance of the pants and boots, and not the appearance of the items that are actually equipped. At any rate, if you don’t have the Astral Knot Blouse, just use the Aurora chestpiece with the Crimson Silk Pantaloons, and you’ll probably look better!
The Red Pointy Hat or any green cowl might be good alternative hats.

Darkmoon Magician



Elder’s hat vest belt & pants, Silk Mantle of Gamn*, Shimmering gloves & boots, Aurora bracers, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Green Holiday Shirt, Greater Magic Wand, Spellbinder Orb
Use the Gossamer shoulderpads to retain the white look of the Silk Mantle of Gamn, or use the Elder’s or Hibernal shoulders or the Slavehandler Amice to match the greens and purples.

Whitemane’s Power

Whitemane’s Chapeau*, Silk Mantle of Gamn*, Robe of Power, Captain Sanders’ Sash/Apothecary’s Waistband, Heavy Linen Gloves, Shimmering/Ivycloth Boots
A day or two after patch 5.0 went live, I was running the remodeled Scarlet Monastery with a max level character and saw High Inquisitor Whitemane drop both Whitemane’s Chapeau and Whitemane’s Embroidered Chapeau at the same time. I should have screenshotted it! Apparently that was a bug that’s since been fixed, because Wowhead now reports that the original red version of Sally Whitemane’s iconic hat is no longer available. :`(
I recommend the Red Pointy Hat or Crimson Felt Hat as alternatives to Whitemane’s Chapeau.
The Gossamer shoulders are a suitable alternate for the Silk Mantle of Gamn.

Fancy Buccaneer

Green Silken Shoulders, Buccaneer’s vest pantaloons gloves & boots, Silver-Thread Cuffs & Sash, Cloak of Courage
I will be adding the First Mate Hat and Revilgaz’s Cutlass to this outfit eventually. I got the pirate hat for an absolute steal of only 35 or 50 gold shortly after Cataclysm came out — otherwise, I wouldn’t have one at all!

S.A.F.E. Operative

Swoop-Tail Shoulders, Shimmering set, Jessera’s Fungus-Lined Cuffs, Green Linen Shirt
Some Green-Tinted Goggles would complete the look, but I am too attached to both of Kelilla’s current professions to want exchange one of them for Engineering.

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So, Ancient tipped me off to a new Warlock Transmogrification contest, an inverse of Saga’s “Worst Warlock” concept that challenges the contributors to create the Epitome of a Well-Dressed Warlock.

To encourage creativity, Amijade stipulates the following conditions:

*Only one item can be used from [any given] full Tier set
*Only one item can be used from [any given] full PvP set
*One one item can be used from [any given] Tier recolored set
*Only one item can be used from [any given] green item set

The contest requires a level 50+ character, however, and it’s not quite exciting enough for me to bump either of my Warlocks (level 38 Blood Elf and level 24 Gnome) to the head of my current leveling priority queue*, so I can’t actually enter it — but I’m not about to let that stop me from playing with the prompt :D

Amijade further advises the fashionable Warlock that female Blood Elf, Human, and occasionally Troll (probably the ones with the “pretty” face) Warlocks should show as much skin as possible so as to out-compete their Succubi, male Blood Elf Warlocks should go for the 80s Glam Rock look, and all other Warlocks should show as little skin as possible. She also recommends sticking to a color scheme of “black, dark black, light black, dark red or dark purple or dark green”. And you should all go read her “Is it Warlock Gear?” and “Is it Important for a Warlock?” gear-buying/MogIt-scanning checklists (in the post linked above), because they’re simply hilarious.

I immediately thought of using the Purple Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, but when I went back and looked at my cloth designs for Mog Madness Round 4, they were all much, much too Shadow Priest or Darkmoon Faire Mage. So I tried again, using some distinctively Warlock shoulders.


Shadowflame Hood (T11-N) or Felheart Horns (T1), Nemesis Spaulders (T2), Chillwind (A)/Andorhal (H) Tunic, Voodoo-Woven Belt, Darkweave Breeches, Enslaved Doomguard Soulgrips, Boots of the Ursine, Syrannis’ Mystic Sheen, Staff of Beasts or Terokk’s Shadowstaff


Felheart Horns, Hatefury Mantle (T6 recolor), Chillwind/Andorhal Tunic, Voodoo-Woven Belt, Darkweave Breeches, Mystral Handwraps, Boots of Duress, Thalassian Wildercloak, Terokk’s Shadowstaff

The regular Malefic (T6) shoulders coordinate surprisingly well with the Anh’Qiraj Doomcaller’s Robes.

Blood Elf Extras: Horns of the Left Hand Path, Sash of Mortal Desire, Spellfire Gloves, Replica Dreadmist Sandals
Gnome Extras: Horns of Justified Sins or Felcloth Hood, Sash of Mortal Desire, Resplendent Bracelets + Widow’s Clutches, Ruby Slippers

The Malefic shoulders also coordinate quite nicely with Katrana Prestor‘s famous apparel, the Robe of Volatile Power.


All outfits include the Sash of Serpentra, Dreadweave Gloves, Replica Dreadmist Slippers, and Red Workman’s Shirt.
Left: Shadoweave Mask, Rusted Gutgore Ripper, Skull of Burning Shadows (also comes in red and black)
Center: Skywitch Hat, Staff of Sinister Claws (this would be a great Warlock outfit to wear during Hallow’s End)
Right: Hexxer’s Mask, Rusted Gutgore Ripper, Voodoo Shaker (this variation would be particularly appropriate for a Troll Warlock)

Another classic red & purple robe is the Robe of Doan, which is worn by the Warlock trainers in Stormwind.


Corruptor (T5) shoulders, Robe of Doan, High Councillor’s Sash, Mystral Gloves, Conjurer’s Shoes, Dark Shroud of the Scourge, Zhar’doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer

Here are a couple of outfits for Warlocks who can comfortably show a little more skin, using the Corruptor shoulders and Death-Speaker’s Tunic.


Left: Horns of the Left Hand Path, Deathmage Sash, Sanguine pants, Malefic gloves, Saltarello Shoes, Dark Shroud of the Scourge, Damnation
Right: Bloodwoven Mask, Leggings of Ancient Magics, Flarecore Gloves, Infernoweave Boots (oops, didn’t realize that the gloves & boots are actually from the same set), Zhar’doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer

Either the Elder’s Robe or Watcher’s Robe would be suitable for a Troll Affliction or Demonology Warlock. A Destruction Warlock, however, should definitely use the Sanguine Robe.


Left: Horns of the Left Hand Path, Sanctified Dark Coven (T10-H) shoulders, Elder’s Robe (left) or Watcher’s Robe (right), Replica Dreadmist Belt, Stonecloth pants, Gloves of Penitence, Doomcaller’s Footwraps, Thalassian Wildercloak, Venom Web Fang, Book of Binding Will
Right: Circle of Flame, Corruptor or Valorous Plagueheart (T7-25) shoulders, Sanguine Robe, Cord of Reconstruction, Stonecloth pants, Firesoul Wristguards + Mystral Handwraps, Sorcerer Shoes, Blade of Dormant Memories, Ledger of Revolting Rituals (normal)

Although I certainly think that all of the above outfits are great choices for a Warlock, none of them quite seems to be the epitome of a Warlock. They’re all too bright; something darker is required.


Cowl of Malefic Repose (10H), Nemesis Spaulders, Conqueror’s Deathbringer (T8-25) Robe, Clutch of Andros, Gloves of Oblivion, Sorcerer Shoes, Cloak of the Enemy, Staff of Beasts or Staff of the Left Hand Path (H)/Staff of Justified Sins (A)


Heroic Sanctified Dark Coven (T10-25H) hood, Valorous Plagueheart shoulders, Corruptor Robe, Cord of Reconstruction, Mystral Gloves, Sorcerer Shoes, Cloak of the Enemy, Damnation

Yikes! Those are pretty scary! If I were actually able to enter the contest (and had been able to obtain the requisite items), that last outfit is probably the one that I’d submit.

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* More precisely, I am reluctant to play with my Warlocks until Mists comes out because Cynwise’s series on “The Decline and Fall of Warlocks in Cataclysm demonstrates that Warlocks are rather unwieldy at present, but suggests that they will be much, much more fun in 5.0.

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Edit:
And here’s an outfit for all those wannabe-Warlocks out there, using non-class specific recolors of Warlock Tier items.


Sightless Crown of Ulmass or Bad Mojo Mask, Illidari Shoulderpads, Robes of the Umbral Brute, Runed Stygian Belt, Dreamweave Gloves, Boots of the Shifting Nightmare, Mantle of Doubt, Wild Wood Staff or Fleshling Simulation Staff

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I think I’m done with the Darkmoon Faire dailies now. Unless someone else decides that she wants a prize, all of my characters who wanted Darkmoon Faire-specific items have got them with this Faire cycle.

Ketura has her Darkmoon Cub.

Cosmo the mountain lion has been Ketura’s faithful companion since level 10. Ketura has tamed Pitch, but she still needs to tame Echeyakee, the Rake, and Sambas for her lion collection to truly be complete.

Keija has her Darkmoon Sword and Darkmoon Mallet.



Hey waitaminute, if Kerri Hicks can dual-wield these things… could I?
/check
Yep, they’re not Unique or anything, so a Fury Warrior totally could!
…oh dear, perhaps I’m not done after all — but neither of my Fury Warriors will have Titan’s Grip for a long time yet, so they can just collect tickets from the profession monthlies, and mostly ignore the dailies.

Kelilla has her Darkmoon Balloon and Darkmoon Cape.

Now she can always carry a little bit of the Faire with her, even when she’s “bottomside” with S.A.F.E.

Karrieanna has her Swift Foreststrider.

I don’t think she’ll be using her Felsteed again for a very, very long time.

And Kazulia has her Darkmoon Monkey.

Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?

Mini-Kam is collecting the Replica Shaman gear, but she’s in no great rush to have it all. None of my other characters have expressed a great need or desire for Replica gear yet, so from now on, I can do only the profession monthlies and just let the tickets build up.

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I drew the lineart for this picture in February 2008. Around February of this year, I decided it would be a lot more interesting with some color. I’d always mentally titled it “Kids in Shatt”, thinking of the children from the orphanage in Lower City, so I filled in the background with an appropriate screenshot. The wrong angles and sizes of various ears and the Draenei boy’s missing chintacles are due to the early date of the drawing. Fortunately, the much-too-small size of the Gnome girl’s head in the original lineart was easily remedied in Photoshop. I’m not sure anymore whether the Troll youth was originally intended to be a boy or a girl. The idea for the sign he-or-she is carrying came from my very poor recollection of this classic Norman Rockwell painting.


A doodle from February 2009. I’m not entirely satisfied with it because I drew the Gnome child first and then all the other children ended up looking much older than him. The gender of the Night Elf child is intended to be ambiguous.

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