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Charr Guardian by Landylachs Charr Guardian by Landylachs
Painting of my Guild Wars 2 Charr Guardian. I love the overall design and development for the Charr species. :)

The only thing I wish they could change is how the Charr character rig is animated. I think the game models and skeleton look wonderful, but if they could slightly rework their posture so the Charr stood just a biiiit straighter, I think that'd look amazing! That was the main idea behind this painting - seeing how a Charr with straighter combat posture might look like.

See a headshot detail here: Charr Guardian [Headshot Detail]

This painting & detail crop on tumblr: landylachs.tumblr.com/post/101…
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horsetearscosplay Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful painting, I love female Charr! I like the idea of them standing a bit taller, the crossarms emote was a great addition.  My main character Cub is actually a female Charr Guardian as well :D
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, happy you like it! I also love female charr, and I'm happy they added that crossed arms emote, as well! Sweet you also have a female charr guardian! :)
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Dracold Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. The fur, the lightning effects, the metal, the claws, the expression and the design of her face... it's too perfect for words.

Yeah, I would also love if the Charr stood more straight. I don't like how the bestial species in MMOs are hunchbacks. In World of Warcraft, nearly the entire Horde is hunched. Tauren males grow their head almost from the center of their torso. At least their ingame posture makes that illusion. Charr are fine by comparison. But I think they could stand taller. I don't think that game mechanics prevent that. Norn are even taller I think.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment - it makes me happy you like my painting!

Thanks also for sharing your thoughts! Haha, wow, I didn't know that about the Tauren for WoW! It sounds like charr have great in GW2 by comparison! :)
I also love that they added the /crossarms emote with a recent patch - now I can see a charr standing-up tall whenever I like! :D
They would probably need to re-rig the base animation skeleton and redo/retouch many of the character animations for charr if they made them stand up taller by default at this point - I would guess that it's too much of a hassle at this time during the game's development cycle.
But it's fun to think about and imagine! :)
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Dracold Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You can google the Tauren gameplay in WoW. It doesn't just sound like it, it is like it. When you play Tauren, you will never see your character's head, unless you turn the camera around. All you see 99% of the time is the hunch. And the very stiff movement when the character limbs don't really move much doesn't help. On some pictures (mainly art) it looks OK. But in game, not so much. Especially some helmets look ridiculous. They are either the very same model as for other races just enlarged, which results in the backside of the helmet clipping through the neck (not to mention the horns problem), or they redesign the helmet to such level that it has freakishly large collar. And no matter if you wear helmet or not, the mane on the hunch is always visible, which looks weird in some armors.
Charr have /crossarms emote that makes them stand taller? Now I am using it everytime I stand, even if I have to type it whole each time I stop moving :D
The problem with MMOs is not just the amount of work needed to change things. I don't think that this factor is so significant. It's more that there may be no will to make that change, as the developers very often believe that less players would like the change and more players would criticize the change... but another problem is that the developers (at least in WoW) have some kind of philosophy that they need to be extremely consistent with the appearance they initially decided. When WoW upgraded the laughably basic graphics of their decade old game, the result looked rather good... but everything still looked the same. On purpose, they kept the stances, movements, emotes, and basically everything the very same as it was or as faithful to the original as possible. It looks weird, cause some of the animations I can't stand. Like the idle animation for Tauren, when the character scratches his side constantly. Even through armor. I get it, he's a cow, flies annoy him, it is funny, right? Not after you saw it 3 billion times! And the emotes are extremely over-exaggerated even for a simple talk animation. The extreme arm movements, opening the mouth as wide as if the character wanted to eat you, and staring wide-eyed in front of himself... This kind of animation had a purpose on the old graphics, where the head was consisted of three or four rectangular blocks and the only movement was lower jaw movement and head turning. But now, when the characters have dozens of "bones" in their faces, this extreme gesticulation looks silly. But still, the developers chose to stick to it anyway, because they think that players would hate the change. It is their philosophy that once you got used to seeing certain movements, you wouldn't recognize your character if they improved it. Same goes for appearance. They improve the engine to such an extent that where you initially had one sprite for open eyes and one sprite for closed eyes, now they have a huge array of facial expressions depending on the emote and mood... and in the character creation, all faces still look the very same. And it's all because they needed to copy the previous appearance to stay "consistent". So when all characters looked the very same before, they need to look the very same now.

Sorry for going on a rant. Just wanted to point out that I think we can really only imagine. Rarely they improve things in this manner.
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Fregatto Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great! I love how you made the fur and the posture, I totally agree with you about that. 
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Maxellion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
This guy looks so cool, I just like the detail in the armor, and fur.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it! :)
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Maxellion Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
You're welcome.
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Plejman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such amazing drawing! The details, desing and quality are top notch :D Stunning!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, happy you like this painting. :)
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J9Burger Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Wow, I love how you have drawn your charr, might have to convince you to draw mine :)
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :) I'm happy you like how I draw charr, they are very fun for me to paint!
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NFWar Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fury and Blood!
Charr are cool. Too bad I cant get final piece of armor (Stalwart shoulderpads) for my thief.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Indeed, there are a number of armor pieces I wish I could obtain from the old pvp tracks! I would love some tribal armor. :)
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Long time no see! Evolving ever further I see. :D The texture work looks great. 
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As are you! Thank you for your kind words. :)
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Xorad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing !
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, you are very kind. :)
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Kairaus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I havent played GW2 since launch.. how is it now? Is there an expac yet?
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, it is a really exciting time for playing GW2! The answer is YES, they announced an expansion at the end of last month at PAX South, to a huge crowd and with much fanfare! They livestreamed the entire event, the hype leading up to the announcement was unreal.

They're introducing a new class, new maps, and a new endgame progression system, among other things! Here's the announcement trailer they showed at PAX, it was thrilling to watch it during the announcement: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOUk2y…
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Kairaus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the video link!
I am re downloading it now haha.. looking forward to seeing it again! What server you play on?
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed it! :)
Awesome! :D I'm on Sea of Sorrows, but they implemented a megaserver system last year, so players from any server can play together now! ^^ Servers only matter if you play WvW. :)
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Kairaus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can I add you in game >.< my friends all switched back to WoW after launch
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! I'll note you my character name.

I heard GW2's launch was rough, but they've made many QoL changes since then that make it a very enjoyable game to play (including improving rewards, I've heard that was one of the main complaints at launch). You should try to convince your friends to give it another try once Heart of Thorns is released. :D
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Kairaus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yea I got to end game and it was like what now.. lol! I loved the pvp though that was pretty epic
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah lol, they're stressing that's one of the main areas they aim to beef up with the expansion. They're emphasizing a focus on veterans, endgame progression, and challenging group content.

I've only done PvP a few times, but I thought it was a lot of fun! I want to practice more with it, but haven't had a chance to sink my teeth into it due to time. They just released info on a new PvP mode called stronghold, think this blog post explains the main features of it: dulfy.net/2015/02/12/gw2-stron…
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TokikoSenpai Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
WOW! This looks awesome. I love the colours
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, happy you like it!
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DragonHeet Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
This is beautiful! Nice work!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nyugame Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I just had a look at some artworks and screenshots of Guild Wars 2 (since I haven't played it) and all I can say is that the artistic choices you made in term of style and composition outshine the original design ;). I really like the colors you chose for the fur. I mainly see 2 things you could do to enhance your illustration, 1st: correct the perspective of the lower half of the right leg (look the angle of the point under his knee -> if he really stands like this, he will lose balance at the first hit ^^).

2nd: the right elbow is too bright and reflects a blue light (weird, where does that light come from? ^^). Unless your goal is to draw the attention of the viewer on that specific piece of armor that might be enchanted (who knows, maybe it was what you aimed for), I would advise you to lower the value of that area (the contrast is too high there and the viewer probably prefers watching the fur of your character than having his eyes attracted by a piece of armor) and to remove the blue highlight. However that cold color could be used somewhere else, maybe for the eyes (or wherever you prefer ;)), it would make a nice contrast with the warm light of the torch and would grab the viewer to the head of your character :D. It's all I have to say about it but overall it's a really nice illustration :D.

Have a nice day ;).   
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much for your considered and thoughtful feedback! I found your critiques quite helpful. :) I toned down the blue on the elbow, and though I don't have time to adjust the right leg at this time, I will definitely keep your points in mind for future artworks I do. ^^

Thanks again for your kind comments, and have a happy holiday and New Year's! :)
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Netjie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome!!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Netjie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student General Artist
You are welcome!
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OwcaLowca Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah!!! *-*
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hope you like it!
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DindellaTheDefender Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn!! I really love how you painted that tail!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it, I enjoyed painting the tail.
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DindellaTheDefender Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^ And it really shows!
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Midnight-Guardian14 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
looks fierce~
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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