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Aloy - Horizon Zero Dawn by loish Aloy - Horizon Zero Dawn by loish
So happy to finally be able to share this! It's some early concept art of Aloy, the lead character of Horizon: Zero Dawn. I worked on this character together with the rest of the character team for a few months in 2013. It was a huge honor working with Guerrilla Games and their inspiring, talented team. I loved working on this character! These images can be seen in this neat featurette about Aloy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw5Jnh… as well as in the artbook that comes with the collector's edition of the game!

Images (c) Sony and Guerrilla Games.

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:iconzinniasnowdrop:
ZinniaSnowdrop Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Saw this artwork in the Art of Horizon Zero Dawn! Loved it! :D 

The game is amazing so far...really love the character Aloy!
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Dessoulieres Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019
U cant understand how much i love this design from u...
is just perfect, and ur style... amazing!
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:iconciberlelu:
Ciberlelu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018
It's an honor to find in the community a member of the artistic team of HZD. I love the game and visually it's a source of inspiration. Thanks for helping to create this great character.
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behindspace99 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
love your style, i came here from an interview you did in a coffee shop in amsterdam, your very inspireing !
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
thanks! haha are you referring to the interview with chris oatley?
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:iconbehindspace99:
behindspace99 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yup thats the one :) enjoyed it very much, very insightful and it helped me out alot thankyou!
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I also saw this artwork in the Art of Horizon Zero Dawn.  It was part of all the concept artworks for Aloy.  I bought the Art of Horizon Zero Dawn after playing through much of the game itself recently.  A very majestic and visual experience throughout so far in terms of the characters and colors.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
glad you liked it!!
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:iconknight-watcher:
Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
your most welcome - I frequently purchase the Art of type books for video games because I like to see how the artists develop the look of the game and whatever else might be in the same books.
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AnnaMcL Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God. The art in this game is just beautiful and Aloy's character is just as beautiful.
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Kaldrinn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, looking so great, she looks quite younger like that, and she's lovely, love the center one, with this hairstyle and face she's cute but also feels combative ! :happybounce:
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:iconcandy-n-stardust:
Candy-n-Stardust Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
God, this is so gorgeous. Look at that HAIR! :heart:
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bipole Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an enviable plight—to be a fanartist who can no longer call their works "fanart" because they're now conceptual. To be the originator …
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MattBMattB Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
/Scrolling through art
"Oh, I really like this. I wonder what else they've done?" 
/Clicks on Gallery 
"Ohhhhhhhh...."

Awesome stuff! 
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ChrisNoeth Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This was the piece who got me buying the artbook! Can't get better than your work! Respect! :)
I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Chris
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
thanks so much chris!
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What never ceases to fascinate me is how often I find how small the world truly is from an artistic standpoint at least. What I originally perceive to be fanart of something turns out instead to be actually concept work for something I'm well familiar with, such as the respectful game to which this piece belongs. The people who work on games and movies and things like that seem so distant to me, as most often I only receive the finished work (aka the dvd or the game), but then I happen to stumble across things like this. It may only be small and fleeting, but there's a certain ounce of true magic that happens during moments like that :D Now whenever I go back to whichever respected mediums, I can say 'I know somebody now who was involved in making this'. Truly remarkable. 
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
haha, yes! internet makes the world a smaller and cosier place, most of the time :)
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:iconmasa-mima:
Masa-Mima Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic art!
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:iconmthompson711:
mthompson711 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
Is there a way to order a print of this concept image of Aloy. I have the artbook but would really like a bigger print to frame. Thanks Loish  I love your work.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
hey! unfortunately the rights of these sketches are with Sony so I can't sell prints of these drawings. Sorry about that and thanks so much for the compliments!
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mthompson711 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
Oh didn't even think of that but of course they would be. Well have to see if I can get a good scan of them to make a large size or just frame what I have already. Actually I think your work is great. I loved and so did my oldest daughter the character Aloy. So I got everything I could for HZD and when I got the art book and seen your concepts it was just great. I was drawn to them that I immediately looked up your work and ordered your book. I wish I would have known about the kickstarter in-time to get one of your signed prints. But Im on board anyways. Thanks for all your work and keep it up. Hope you get to work more with Aloy as well.
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EvandertheRed27 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this style.
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:iconmisskittenbell:
MissKittenBell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I have a crush
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:icondequill:
DeQuill Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful picture :) I love the hairphysics especially. Totally faved.
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ICBMedia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
Longest head ever!
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:iconterrelal92:
terrelal92 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
Very nice character concept in all your characters!
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:icontrashlucy:
TrashLucy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017
SO happy to see who the artist to these images are! Looking through the art book minutes before first starting the game gave me such an intense feeling of euphoria, and the game is by far one of my new favorites. Thank you so much for helping make Aloy who she is!
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KB-concepts Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
I like looking at these sketch pages really like the variation in character design for Aloy :D
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:iconchameleonade:
Chameleonade Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
Beautiful character sheet! 
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:iconpixelpreserves:
PixelPreserves Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I wish they didn't use the mullet for her character. The way you drew her hair was much better. Death to the mullet.
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:iconevercoldlithium:
EverColdLithium Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He didn't draw it, it's concept art.
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:iconpixelpreserves:
PixelPreserves Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Loish is a girl... and yes. I know.
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TigerKidTre Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
i like this version more than the original
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:iconvxvo:
vxvo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So nice!
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Dave851991 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
I like your style so much!
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VhasTheGuy Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haven't seen or played that game yet, but this looks great.
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:icondesigntypegeek:
designtypegeek Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Wow I love the colour!
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:iconprimehunter:
PrimeHunter Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
She Kind of reminds me of Emma Watson! If they ever made a movie of this they should totally cast her!
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:iconluftwave:
luftwave Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the mood! 
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:iconmiserie:
Miserie Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Saw this in our book and squealed "LOIIIIISH!!!" -  Lovely work, as always. 
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duskricorn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually prefer your concept over theirs. I loved the current and final Aloy, but I actually prefer your Aloy's hair style, character shape, etc. You've always had a beautiful way of combining dreds with straight/curly hair and that's what separates your design from the current Aloy. I think she looks kinda typical for a ginger with dreds...but this...this is unique. <3
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Mystressb Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
I absolutely loved Horizon Zero Dawn.  10/10 game as far as I'm concerned.

And Aloy was the single greatest reason I feel that way.  I love the character on every level: design, voice acting, everything.  She was amazing - it actually made me sad to beat the game because I didn't want it to end.
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:icondani-satellite:
Dani-Satellite Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks so dangerous and... cute
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:icon4moath:
4moath Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Pretty, what style is this?
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:iconmit996854:
mit996854 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Student General Artist
wow your design looks good...better than the final version imo
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:iconbarrybrandon:
barrybrandon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
Marvelous work.
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:iconwillfulwondering:
Willfulwondering Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love her!!!
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:iconbllixy:
bllixy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I loved your Aloy character concepts!
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:icontisstrinity:
TissTrinity Featured By Owner Edited Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this game so much. Recently we found an orphaned kitten in our bushes, only a few days old. She's mouthy with splotches of orange fur so we named her Aloy. So far she's strong and has survived a lot.
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