So, World of Warcraft is updating its characters, and whether you play WoW or not, it's kind of a big deal.

As games age, technology moves forward. Developers can do better work faster and with a lot more wiggle room in terms of Tech requirements, and during the lifespan of a successful MMO, adjustments need to be made. Most companies in the MMO market have not lasted long enough to truly require these changes, but Blizzard has. Like them or not, they are a company that cares about consistent and coherent art. As new updates get pushed out the door, the old work starts to look worse and worse, and the overall look of the game begins to suffer. Thankfully, Blizzard has injected a bit of life into its tired old starting races.

While this update might not bring back the people who left WoW, it will certainly make the existing players a lot happier, and provide us with some inspiration for our own work.

Now I know that this is "CONCEPT World" and this isn't exactly Concept art, but its  one of the reasons that we do concept art. To make a game/movie/comic/etc you need concepts. All of these models, both the old versions, and the new, had them. I'm sure some people do concepts for no other reason than personal gratification, and that is definitely a legitimate reason, but professional concept art is done to further a goal. It is done to kick-start the process of bringing a world to life, or helping an aging world  step forward into a new age.

See y'all next week,


Special Thanks to Fanny Vergne and the Folks at Blizz!!
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome post Thran and thanks for reminding me about WOW again,
this does look like a big step for Blizzard. 
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice post Thran :)
Aldeminor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the fact the game is dead. It is very sadly to see how the good artists wasting their time and talent on this...
Shaleene1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not all that impressed with some of the changes. They are making them 'pretty' SPECIALLY the orcs. And the dwarves? Psh. the fem dwarves look like short human females. Damn shame that.
anamakiu Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
really nice seeing this! thanks for posting!
Lanasy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm incredibly impressed with the new work that's been done. I really want to start playing again, but it's way too addicting for me >.<
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