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World of Warcraft by CoolSurface World of Warcraft by CoolSurface
We were recently asked to create a Photoshop illustration process tutorial for PSD Tuts+ based on Blizzard Entertainment's insanely large and addictive game, the World of Warcraft.

At the risk of polarizing our audience, although we've played numerous Alliance based characters, Sarah and I always had a soft spot for the Horde; the Undead quests were always much funnier! So naturally we chose to illustrate some of our personal favourite characters from the Horde side of the game including a Sporeling, Sylvanas Windrunner, Arthas, a Tuskarr and the Head of the Headless Horseman (don't ask, just trust me that he was funny!) and of course the World of Warcraft figurehead, the dreaded Murloc!

You can read the tutorial at PSD Tuts+ here

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Wosukoart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Looks really awesome! I like all the effects used here, ranging from the blurs to the lighting and stuff. Interestingly enough, the headless horseman's head unifies all the elements in the image due to its light. I love Sylvanas' pose. Great job!
CoolSurface Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The Horseman's Head definitely did help unify things, well observed. Thanks for such a thoughtful comment
Wosukoart Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! It's an awesome pic. I also looked at some of the stuff you (two?) made, and I like that art style. It feels spontaneous! Keep it up :D
CoolSurface Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Anything made before November last year would've been the two of us, but since having our first baby it's all been me (Sarah does still offer her opinions in a consulting role)
Ighigo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
heres the beef
CoolSurface Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
dreno360 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work you two! I always wondered who did what? you should post that as well :D
CoolSurface Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, in this one it was all me. Since Freya turned up Sarah's taken more of an adviser role where occasionally she'll duck her head into the office to offer an opinion and feedback on where things are going. We haven't worked on an image together for a year now. Sarah used to do all of the flat colours and she's also tidy everything up when I was done as my digital painting used to be a little..."carefree". Since Sarah stepped back to raise FReya I've had to get much more careful watching what I do!
IronHeaver Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who would win? The Warcraft Horde, or the Starcraft Swarm? (I vote Zerg :P) Awesome pic :D
CoolSurface Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) I've never played Starcraft so I couldn't really comment, but I do know when we went for the "For the Horde" achievement (where you storm the Alliance capitals)our Horde force was pretty effective! We had the right mix of speed and cowardice! ;)
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