Jaina Proudmoore- Battle for Azeroth

My last big art piece for the year! I honestly was not sure if I would complete it in time, but I was blessed with a very focused day today.

Jaina Proudmoore- Battle For Azeroth-2

I started this painting back in early November, soon after Blizzcon. Everyone was so excited about the World of Warcraft expansion, and I was really inspired! It didn’t take long for the inspiration to fall off though, and I found myself taking long breaks in between drawing sessions. I picked it back up this week and wrapped things up.

The longest part of this piece was definitely the values, and I still feel like some of them are still off. Most of this was colored by gradient mapping, another technique I will be continuing to practice. Finish off with some color dodge a la Ross Tran, and we’ve got a finished painting!

A fitting finish to 2017 that I am proud of. I think it shows a steady improvement over 2016’s work, and it inspires me to push forward.

As will be the norm for a while, I will be working for tips. Everything is appreciated!

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Hope for Westfall

It’s time for a new art series! I’m playing my way through the game, and will pick up inspiration to paint along the way. I intend to do a full play-through, picking up all of the quests that I’d usually ignore along the way.

My first piece was at level 15, making my way through Westfall.

I tried some brand new techniques for this painting after watching a few videos. I did a grayscale painting, trying to learn to paint with only values. Then, I colored the piece using a gradient map. This was the result:

Hope for Westfall

There is no hope. Only Vanessa. –World of Warcraft’s Vanessa VanCleef

If you want to see the guide I followed, check it out here: 

Brushboost also did a subsequent video on gradient maps. It is going to be such a time-saver with practice! There is still brushwork to be done over the top, but just getting your color palette right from the get-go is so much help.