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The Brothers Stormrage by direndria The Brothers Stormrage by direndria
I have since redone this image:

Just as the title suggests, Illidan and Malfurion Stormrage from Blizzard's Warcraft Universe. Drawn all in Photoshop. I needed to do something fun and easy. Oddly enough, this piece gave me more problems than I care to admit. I can't do cell-shading *dies*.

Anyway, some oddities in this piece: I wanted to draw them young (mostly because Furion's beard is scary *hides*) but Illidan wouldn't have the horns at this age...... because he was 10,000 years plus when he obtained the Skull of Gul'dan. But! The fangurl in me demanded that I draw them young and sexy.... but then I couldn't resist with the horns (and antlers) and glowy tattoos. Whoo!

Malfurion is the Arch-druid of the Nightelves, Illidan was a sorcerer (and one destined for great things. Great =/= good). They pretty much oppose each other in everything, so a lot of people forget that they're actually brothers...

...and are, in fact, twins.

The one thing that they do have in common: Tyranda Whisperwind.

Should I have put a "Spoiler warning" on this?? Nah.

Again, sorry for using the crappy DA watermark, but I'm just a wee bit paranoid.
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Lilianne693 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist
Please don't be mad, but I like this one more than the new one. Maybe it's just me, but I'm totally in love with this art Heart :happybounce: 
xarockolipsekittenx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful thanks much :3 i like hand painting/drawing my stuff cause im finicky liek that not opposed to tweaken stuf after though
Brenda-Archer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
I love it.
alanaishtar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
This is BRILLIANT - the coloring, the facial structure/anatomy, and (my favorite part) the lines. Amazing!
darkfireradiant Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love it! And I agree with Vanalar, in the sense this is one of the few I've wanted to buy a print. I love the relationship between the twins, this piece is really good.
Vanalar Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Wow, I love this! :O I have to admit this is the first time I have ever actually wanted to buy a print of something off deviantart.

Great job!!
JDParker Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
god i want Malfurion's beard in this pic, niiiice... Great Job man, very impressive. Captures the bros. in a unique way.
SpiritCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
simsim2212 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
i like it a lot!!!
nightambre Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really gorgeous.
Ishiguro8TriG Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
yes...this is wow XD
amazing job
Rettungsratte Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
such a romantic atmosphere :D
ananasappelsiini Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
/drool :drool:
malicious-nurse Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Marvelous piece.

By the way, it's Tyrande*. :P
ixori Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
This is amazing! Great concept. ^_^
Diinzumo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice to see the "hawt" versions. I like the placement and the colors, too.
hyrulewolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
This is so beautifully done! I love that you can see the outline of Illidan's eye through the blindfold :D
chisah Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
ows, shame for the watermark else I would totally put this on desktop
Chemik91 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AzureMosquito Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg this is gorgeous! I've always been partial to the story of Malfurion and Illidan. Wonderful, wonderful work :D
gemmeh Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looooove this, this is amazing.
AnastasiyaChubar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
My favorite characters from WarCraft =)
VitiS-Lololo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is aaaaaaaawesome *Q*
sand-kassel Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
OMG smexy!!! /fangirl faint
X3 Amazing i loves it!!!! <3
halcyon-jedi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
The piece is amazing. I love how you rendered them. Quite sexy indeed =D
Agraynel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
great! :-)
J9-Dunk Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Lovely. Toss Tyrande in there and you get my three favorite warcraft NPCs ever! xD Yay for ancient Night Elf badasses!
EmeraldsJuran Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
*fangirls* OMIGOSH! I LOVE THIS!!! eeeeeeeeee *faints*
Mo0nfall Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Wooo Illidan :D
Hexadermia Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
I really love the composition with the ears. It's like swords being crossed, a sign of brotherhood and/or rivalry, which is going on between these 2 guys.

Yay for loregasm!
Nylram Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I love this part of the story, and this piece looks great! I totally agree with the fangirlyness ;) I can't decide which one I want more...
Tobi-My-Best-Friend Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
1st Its great
2nd its in my faves
3rd Illidans a goat and Malfurion is an deer :D
fuchrisskeeto Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is awesome, i love the Stormrage brothers and love how you've depicted them, its very beautiful. I think my favourite part is how their hair flows together oh, and they're yummy faces lol great job!!
AftonTrash Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome pic, stormrage bros ftw (esp Illidan :P) good job :aww:
bubbles79 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
so yeah, i'm kinda wow freak and love NEs...
i think u catched it in this so i'm faving coz i love it.
MeoNeko Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too sexy!!!! i love the Stormrage brothers!
artistafrustrado Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
they look freaking cool
sun-stone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist
Lovely. :+fav:
Yukie-kun Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
they're sexy~
Misako790 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
>w< I loves this. I recently started playing Warcraft 3, and just got up to the bit where you meet Malfurion to go help Miuve (Er, I totally can't spell nor pronounce her name, but you know... XD)

Illidan is awesome, in my opinion, though I've scarcely done any research on him. About all I know is that Kael'thas pretty much enslaved his people to Illidan for the knowledge of harvesting arcane energies... or something along those lines *Kael obsessed x_x*

But either way, awesome picture!
direndria Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you playing "The Frozen Throne"? You must be cause that's where Maiev and Kael come in.

Basically Illidan is the twin brother of Malfurion. Ten thousand years before WCIII takes place, the demons of the Burning Legion came to Azeroth. At the time the only creatures alive (and civilized) were the Night Elves, Dwarves and Tauren. The Night Elves were the leading power, and they practiced sorcery through the powers of the "Well of Eternity". Turned out the Well was the way the demons got in, so Malfurion-who had been studying druidism under the demi-god Cenarius-stepped in to right the wrongs. He got a priestess (and later "High Priestess") Tyranda Whisperwind to help him out, and enlisted his brother's aid. Illidan, however, was a practitioner of sorcery, and a very skilled one at that. For a time his loyalties seemed in question because Malfurion's new order of the planet would be one without the magic of the Well of Eternity. In the end, the Well was destroyed and the demons along with it, but Illidan managed to save a small vial of its liquid. Thinking the world was safe and the consuming powers of the Well gone forever, Malfurion was furious when he discovered that Illidan had saved a vial and planted it in what would later be known as the "Sun Well" (to my understanding anyway). Malfurion imprisoned Illidan for 10,000 years for his treachery.

When Arthas barrelled through Quel'thalas, he took the powers of the Sunwell to raise Kel'thuzad. This almost destroyed the Sunwell became erratic, and Kael'thas (who had been in Dalaran during the onslaught) was forced to destroy the well. Returning to find his people dying of "thirst" and his father Anasterion murdered, he had no other choice but to leave and find an alternate fuel source for his people's arcane thirst. Thus he bumped into Malfurion and Maiev who tried to capture Illidan, and later joined with Illidan himself.

Cool shit, right? I'm such a geek.
Misako790 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Yeah, I am XD My brother kinda installed WCIII and was like 'But you'll wanna play frozen throne', because we installed it to have a lan game, and I decided (Several years later) to try the story mode.

And that makes so much more sense 8D I remember reading about Arthas and the sunwell when I was reading up on Kael, but I could never figure out why Illidan was imprisoned in the first place, just that they had, and then someone let him go, and that Maiev had to go deal with him again. xD So thanks for the info!

Ohe, and there's nothing wrong with being knowing all this~ 8D I'm doing all this research for a comic I'm writing... so... *geek* x3
CazGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
That is soo good!
Illidan <3
Brilliantly drawn! well done :D
crazymonkey611 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Yah I REALLY good.......but it kinda looks like they both smell something good.....;)
AerialsFlight Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
OMG, you have done an amazing job on these two (especially Malfurion! *fans self*). Keep up the awesome work!

More lore arts, plz. *nodnod*
Morgalahan Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome pic! Just one small thing, that doesnt really matter, Illidan doesnt actually have eyelids. I can see them here under the cloth. Sargeras burnt away everything until there was nothing there but blasted eye sockets with a glowing green flame inside.

I love the way you posed them, emphasizing the similarities as well as the differences.
starinthegutter Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Holy... crap... :O

Mamadrae Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Holy crap I must bow to you for making them look actually like twins (minus their obvious transforms). :worship:

Though one can certainly see why Azshara kinda drooled at the thought of adding both to her harem. :hump:
JackieBauer Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
awesome! :D <3
katiescarlet Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Normally when these two are in the same picture I spend so much time drooling over Illidan that I ignore Furion, but you made them both look awesome. Great job!
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