Tonight, I was too busy grading my general chemistry class’s second midterm exam to do more than take pictures of my characters’ new forms on the character selection screen. I’m mostly okay with what I saw; only two characters seem like they’ll be needing prompt facial reconstruction.
My sweet yet serious Gnome has turned into a witch!
And my solemn, somber Night Elf has turned smirking and supercilious. Plus, her current eye tattoos make her look like some kind of super-villain! I’ll probably end up changing her tattoos as well as her face.
So I went to the Barbershop and succeeded in finding some faces were both suitable matches for my poor girls’ original faces and adequately conveyed their personalities. But now, if after a month trial period I just haven’t gotten used to the new models and decide to toggle on the old models, I’ll have to visit the Barbershop again to change their faces back…
There was a face that actually matched Kelilla’s original face a little better than this one — but it had too much of what Zel so appropriately described as weepy mascara.
Somehow using the Barbershop also undid Kelilla’s mogging. I’d better go fix that…
I did decide to change Keriluna’s tattoos, too. I’ve always been fond of this particular design, and the higher resolution upgrade was good to it.
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Posted in Art, Blood Elf, Draenei, Dwarf, Forsaken, Gnome, Goblin, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Pandaren, Tauren, Troll, Worgen on February 24, 2014 |
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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figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.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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Posted in Blood Elf, Draenei, Dwarf, Fashion, Forsaken, Gnome, Goblin, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Pandaren, Tauren, Troll, Worgen on April 23, 2013 |
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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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Posted in Art, Blood Elf, Draenei, Fashion, Gnome, Goblin, Night Elf, Orc, Real Life, Tauren, Troll, Worgen on March 17, 2013 |
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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.
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.
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.
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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