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This Is My Story (Audio Warning)

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Finally finished with this after doing a lot of character designs for the better part of last year. This is a redraw of an older character piece from five years ago. The Guild Wars franchise has been a significant influence on my art – it’s when I fell into the fantasy genre and found out that digital painting was a thing. I definitely played GW1 more than I should have and played GW2 for a good while as well.

But with work, relationships and everything else in life, I no longer have any time for games anymore. I’ll always love Guild Wars and will still make art for it, but this is my farewell piece to the game itself for now. This is my own take on my characters and how I imagine they would appear in Tyria, each visually distinct in terms of cultural armor and personality. Below is a collection of the character development sheets that I've made over time. From the old 2012 designs to the more recent ones, you can see how the styles changed and carried over into the new designs.  

2012 Designs: 


Norn Ranger: Aurea
Asuran Engineer: Taff
Charr Necro: Mortus
Sylvari Guardian: Dahlia

2016 Designs: 

Human Warrior: Iron
Norn Elementalist: Lobelia
Asuran Engineer: Taff
Charr Warrior: Jocasta
Sylvari Guardian: Dahlia

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Music credits: 

Song: Tyria Reborn
Composer: Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule 
Album: Guild Wars 2 OST
GW2 Content Terms of Use: TOU

All music credit goes to Arenanet, Maclaine Diemer and the Guild Wars 2 OST 
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youngniHobbyist Artist
Hell yeah! It's epic!
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Really wish some of this armor was available in the game
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
Me too, I prefer more realistic cultural armors over super gaudy ones. 
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ZauberlichHobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work AND including music? That's just as impressive.
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Love this game. Nice tribute as you depart.
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thank you 
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Roxanne13579Hobbyist Writer
Amazing <3
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thanks!
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HOWLY WOW!!
Now that's how you make art

I can't even begin to describe how awesome this piece is.
One thing that catches my eye though, they all wear racially appropriate armor, which means the front human is true canthan?
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback :) Yeah, I like to imagine him as pure Canthan. That character was my main in GW1 and I just sort of carried him over to GW2. But if I were to stick to lore, I'd like to think his ancestors moved to Kryta in between those 200+ years before Cantha became strictly isolationist. 
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ToshirotheKnightWolfHobbyist General Artist
:) epic cool and makes me want to get back into GW2
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thanks, glad it gives you that feeling 
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SparklespeedStudent Digital Artist
Awesome!!! :D
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thanks!
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SparklespeedStudent Digital Artist
My pleasure! :D
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ZydenProfessional Digital Artist
Hell yeah. I hope they all accept in getDDs. I love it.
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thanks!
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SELT0NHobbyist Digital Artist
Immense! OMG SHOCK. 
This looks just incredibly awesome!
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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zandogProfessional Interface Designer
Nicely done Matt. I like the unique armor and weapons. The visual style for this piece is rugged in theme and soft in brush style that you don't see much, even with ANet artists. The music adds a lot to the feel. Good idea! 
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ChanginghandProfessional Digital Artist
thanks for the feedback, Alex :) 
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Stunning picture. Great characters and angle.
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