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Way of the Monks by krysdecker Way of the Monks by krysdecker
"I am a leaf in the wind... But like a big, tough leaf. With swords and magic and stuff."

so ... I finally finished some drawings I had to do, my brother's tatoo and other stuff and have free time again to draw personal things. And since my character in wow is a monk and I enjoy all aspects of it, I decided to make a drawing portraiting the whole kit: 

- the serene mistweaver in the left
- the "don't mess with me ... seriously, don't" brewmaster in the center
- and the "ready to beat you to a pulp" windwalker to the right. 

I decided to theme their outfit towards their respective celestial "guide" (Yu'lon, Niuzao and Xuen) ... so basically they got:
- the mistweaver got a very adorned robe and all the beads and stuff you expect from a healer. 

- For the brewmaster, I think bottles/barrels of secret brews stand for them as librams stand for paladins. So I decided to give her plenty of available brews to drink while fighting. For those not familiar with the idea ... imagine a pandaren doing this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDsJXF… . On a side note, I did realize that her eyes are focused at the "viewer" and not exactly at the same direction that the 2 others are looking at. But trust me ... in the later versions that gave her a much more "intense" eye-contact that I decided to leave this minor "mistake" pass. 

- For the windwalker I always liked those "claw-type" metal gloves ... so I made her a more agile outfit but with strong platings covering hands/elbow/feet. Because this is basically what I have in mind when I think of my windwalker www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uue7gH… . I know this is not kung-fu per se .. but it's a much more raw and fierce use of hands and feet imo =p   

So ... there you go ... 3 female pandarens, ready to beat stuff. And no .. no male pandaren because there's pretty much 321340987 drawings of fat male pandarens but very few of female pandarens that depict them as fierce fighters and not cute "^_^". 

... that pretty much sums up what I've been working on lately. 

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You can find the process shot here: Way of the Monks - WIP by krysdecker

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you can support my work at my patreon and get some nice rewards! www.patreon.com/krysdecker 

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If you want to get this printed, you can get at www.inprnt.com/gallery/krysdec…
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:iconbettyoopsie:
BettyOopsie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
As monk is my main <3 <3 <3 this!!! PANDA POWHA!!!
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Mojojojo15 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
This is still one of my fave art pieces i've ever seen on Deviant. Sad that it isnt printable anymore as I'd love to have it on my wall!
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you liked so much. Unfortunately prints of them are not available atm =c
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Phuram Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool pandaren pic. those are some nice designs and fighting stances. And the magic effect is looking very cool, too.
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this is still one of my favourites =)
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shazzz999 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
Awesome. Cats rule. S
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but they are pandas!!
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shazzz999 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Oops! That's quite ok, but cats still rule. S
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sharkpockets Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it!!!
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:iconkrysdecker:
krysdecker Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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009-1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
No me canso de verla,que estupendo and great work =D
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:iconkrysdecker:
krysdecker Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! This work was really interesting to do due to the amount of detail in each character =D 
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Taurock Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome work ! I don't kow if just "awesome" would be offensive but that's all I've got xD

The monk is the class who got me into healing class. The mistweavers are so fun to play ! :3
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Had a lot of fun painting this one  =)
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
good
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PandaNimbus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
this is amazing on so many levels. GREAT WORK!!!!
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:iconkrysdecker:
krysdecker Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
about 430 of them, if you know what I mean lol 
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jathabu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
I wish I could find the actual armors ingame  I have it as my desktop wallpaper   I'm a brewmaster/windwalker  panda monk on alliance side
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
unfortunately those are not based on ingame armors =( 

the mistweaver is based on pandaren lorewalkers conceptart from wow
the brewmaster is based on a more "samurai" type of armor (kimono, the leather armor and the hardened platings on top) 
the windwalker is based on tiger muay-thai gear from movies. I just liked the concept of focusing on a light armor with plated gauntlets and boots due to the focus on punches and kicks. 
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AlastorNightheart Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Brewmaster is my favorite spec
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was a brewmaster in the beginning, now I'm playing windwalker and just go tank every now and then when needed =p
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Zitronenuschi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Perfection !
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, this one required a lot of planning. I spent months prior to the drawing, trying to figure out a scene I was satisfied with, and the drawing itself was very time consuming, but I got really really happy with the result =) 
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Zitronenuschi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Yeah, one can see that. It's just amazing! So many details and the use of colours and light. =)
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DelphinusV Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! As soon as I saw this I knew I had to make it my desktop wallpaper. Very inspiring.
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is still one of my favourites! I really liked the final result =) 
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blackodder Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
this is beyond amazing mate, the details, esp love their small teeth
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Bear-hybrid Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my GOD!! I could not fave this harder without my mouse exploding from the clicking!
This is visually impressive in both the lighting of and composition, as soon as I found something fascinating to look at my eye moved on and I caught something new. I love how you kept the pandaren ladies very on model while adding a degree of depth and detail that the game does not have. Yet not to the point of over cluttering or adding detail or the sake of it. Having mained a monk for almost the entirety of MoP (before they changed mistweaver too much) I am just DROOLING over that armor. It looks inspired from the game but improved upon with layering and keeping it functional as well as ornate.
I agree that there is not really enough 'badass' female pandaren art out there, though my husband and I play two twin sisters that are sinister and violent respectively :)

I sincerely hope blizzard features this so you can get more patreon subscribers & hopefully someday I will also be able to paint my characters with dynamic detail that you have done. Very inspiring!
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the comment, glad you liked them =) 
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lyciphur Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist
While I generally dislike pandaren, your picture is amazing. You did amazing job here, their stances and face expressions are great <3
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks .. I tried to give them a more agressive look, instead of the usual "cute chubby friendly pandaren"
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Shoupal Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
I can't say enough to do this justice! Wow!!
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009-1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Amazing =D
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Mishinama-san Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just brilliant. Just brilliant :D. Epic Job :D
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blackpaw42 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Wow...just wow.  Amazing!
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nightshadehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I haven't looked up pandaren artwork in a good while on this site. This blew me away. The detail is incredible. And I love that they're ALL female pandaren. You're right. There isn't enough of them looking like this out there. All ready to destroy whatever the foe it is they're staring down. Even better is you did all their aspects of the class. The only thing I kinda have to disagree with is the mistweaver's armor. While Yu'lon is definitely a "caster" celestial, Chi-Ji is the one that specializes in the healing arts, as is evident by the legendary quest where Chi-Ji's challenge is to "heal the most grievous of wounds", while Yu'lon's test was to fight Wraithon and defeat him. The mistweaver's armor should've reflected Chi-Ji's followers. But that's very minor in my mind. The mistweaver looks too amazing to care much about which celestial she follows, as do the other two. And I have to say this about the windwalker. Those metal claw weapons look very cool and very dangerous. Don't shake hands with that pandaren. Already saved this as my background on my computer. You're the first to make me switch backgrounds from my friend's commissions for my Sonic the Hedgehog stories. This picture is just too amazing to not want to see it every day.
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they probably mixed up which celestial represented what at some point because the whole mistweaver kit was based on yu'lon (serpent stance, the statue, the skill using a green tint etc). But then the quests and storyline made chi-ji as the "healer". I kept the serpent instead of the crane because I think the visuals work better. 

Glad you liked it and thanks for the well written comment =)
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FrogPointPrince Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014   Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of my Panda babe.. Kick ass take no prisoners!! lol
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StanleyEbanks Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing.
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Prowlr Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, one of the best pandaren monk art I've seen! I wish my brewmaster could have a belt with brews like that :P
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and a keg =D
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Prowlr Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! Totally! Although I already carry some kegs around from various sources/quests and the backpack-keg from brewfest, sadly I cant keep it on or fight with it :P
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Aranthulas Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
long time no peruse-through-gallery (aka)mr. Pepperwolf. Glad I stopped by. This is why. I love how you handled the lighting, and everything just feels solid. maybe a subtle thing, but the green in the shadow is actually my favorite part. if youre still taking any crits, my main crit would be, to overlap the white figure more with the red, as her (white) leg is creating this wierd tangent on red's hand, as well as to punch up the contrast of light and shadow more on the red figure, as its not as clear on her where the shadow and light areas are, as opposed to the other two figures. especially around her breastplate area and overall underplane bouncelight coming from the floor on all of them. I love their gestures and the whole composition in general. awesomesauce!
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always take critics seriously =D 

after having this as my wallpaper for weeks straight, I noticed some areas that could be improved. The interaction with the central panda's hand and the one in the left indeed bothered me a little ... on the red panda as well there's also a rookie mistake that the "rope belt" is not casting shadow on the red plating on her waist, but is on leggings beneath it. I totally forgot that. Overall there are some areas that I could have made better (as always), but all things considered I REALLY liked the result. The end result got better than even what I was expecting .. the small mistakes are more on the "technical" side of it, so I leave them there and take them as learning process to improve other drawings. 

The Yrel drawing that I'll finally be able to show in the next few days (it's finished but since it's part of a collab, I can't publish it before it goes public) have a small improvement compared to this one ... And I also took the learning from those 2 to apply to the next one I have in mind (that will likely be done early next year) .. Thanks for taking your time to dig this one =)
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saomuel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
My new wallpaper =)
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mrinx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Wooooah... very very nice. 
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OliThompson Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is such an amazing picture! Can't stop coming back to look at it! I miss playing my monk! :D
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AskMrRobot Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
This is amazing. I love the outfits being tied to the celestials.
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Dragoony Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
This is just gorgeous! Truly captures the spirit of the monk. Great job as always!
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Cybazaar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
DAMN ITS DONE!
And its looking outstandingly gorgeous!
Good work ;p
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