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Archdruid Illidan Stormrage

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So fellas.
Took me awhile, but here it is. The Winner of the sketchbook poll.

Archdruid Illidan Stormrage. I Decided to go for another design than the one from the sketch because i wanted to make him an older guy.
I thought about horns, but that's furion's thing. So i gave our pal his own thang. He has a "companion" stag.
This stag was what in my parallel universe mind took illidan from straying in his path. On his way to snoop around Ashzara's palace (which would eventually lead him to become a demon hunter)
He found this stag deeply wounded, and with Cenarius' freaking voice in his head he decided to tend to it and never got to those pivotal events. Lots of stuff still went down (Burning legion, sundering etc). But by the hands of others.
Illidan led a life of the druid and while he was never ever the straight as an arrow guy Furion was, he became one very important druid and he was specially talented. He didn't develop new things, but when he put his power to work, he could best anyone in raw power output.

Point is, he didn't gave into all the negativity that pushed him to take selfish actions.

Hope you guys will like it. It was handful, this one. Tried a lot of new stuff in this piece.
Think it did him justice. The nice dude that never was.

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zeng20's avatar
Wait illidan and Malfurion are brothers if i remember correctly?
THExNEKOxCHAN's avatar
They are twins. Illidan was born with golden eyes.
Lyco5's avatar
Imagine the amount of problems that could be prevented if he stayed on the druidic path
Krystal-Dragon17's avatar
You know, I always imagined Illidan going the path of the Feral druid, if he had ever become one
mercuryshade999's avatar
I love everything about this piece. The picture itself is gorgeous, no question - but I also love the story that goes with it. Illidan has always intrigued me as a character, and I've often wondered about what might have been if he hadn't allowed himself to go over to the Dark Side, as it were - I think this is an absolutely gorgeous imagining of the potential that he had. Still very powerful, and still not quite fitting the traditional mold of a druid, but in a positive way instead of a negative one. Plus, that stag is AMAZING. A+ job! 
Okamitsu's avatar
You can just imagine his potential!!! Beautifully done :)
rus-chel's avatar
No hornes? No wings? No Black Temple?
The false-false Illidan)
But he looks good.
TheAsorlinsStrike's avatar
I always felt bad for Illidan I wish he went more down this path. Or at least people accepted him.
Jam81's avatar
Now we need a Malfurion the betrayer.
MasterSurinen's avatar
I'm not an expert in perspective matters, but his pose, muscles, he looks weird, as if his chest/neck was broken
Toboe's avatar
So glad to see you posting again. :)
KooriWoW's avatar
Come back to find two Pulyx pictures ... SQUEE!  And one of them is a smoking hot Illidan in a wonderful what-if picture.  Love the slight smile and how he and the stag share glowey eyes.  Wonderful picture!
pulyx's avatar
Glad you liked it!
NicoleEirin's avatar
It's just wonderful as I hoped when I was woting for Illidan art.
JIYJ's avatar
Sick. So worth the wait to have you back and putting out new stuff again!
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BrokenNexava's avatar
i dig it, i like the thought of what may have been that this shows. i think he'd have been a trickiys SoB lol prankster druid what what ..... 
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Selendis92's avatar
This image makes me feel warm inside, I love this! And truly very inspiring as well. <3
Chaz-Osgiliath's avatar
"The nice dude that never was." says it perfectly :happycry: he could have been so much more if he'd only stuck with the druid training

love this rendition of him you've created for our viewing pleasure (:
Auramis's avatar
Amazing work, as always! Absolutely love Illidan, and seeing him as a druid is amazing. Well done!
kakashi-no-ai's avatar
eeeee, yay, finally some positive illidan fanart!
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