I’ve really been enjoying Wildstar lately, and in particular the art style of Sci-Fi-Meets-Old-West (yes, I miss Firefly, too). I’ve started playing around with avatar creation, and wanted to post the high-resolution results of those endeavors here.
I’ll update this post with new additions; if you’re looking for a specific avatar, feel free to request it by email or on Twitter. I’m afraid I ca’t guarantee that I’ll get to any or all requests, but if you’d like to order a specific avatar I do take commissions.
As ever, free for personal, non-profit, credited use. Don’t use these to create a YouTube series about ‘How I Created These Avatars’ (that happened). Don’t submit my work to game studios and ask for money (that happened). Don’t use them to advertise your custom character avatar creation (that happened).
These little Kirby/Big-Boo-esque icons came about one night as I was working on something completely different. I love representing each class using different art styles- in stained glass, as variations on the iconic Twitter bird icon– and they are, as ever, free for your non-profit, credited use as avatars or blog illustrations. There were even a few variations, but those were posted exclusively on Twitter.
I stumbled across an absolutely beautiful series of Warcraft race icons, and immediately had to start playing with them. The original images for these icons were created by the wonderfully talented ropa-to, who created them as a series of tattoos- check out all of his awesome work while you’re there!
I thought it would be fun to run his original black and white designs through Illustrator to create some variations on ropa-to’s theme, taking inspiration from Vector Mill’s crate packages (creator Ryan Putnam also runs the indispensible free vector tutorial site vectips.com).
The first series is a ballpoint pen style, and the second is a carved wood style.
As ever, enjoy the icons and backgrounds for your personal, non-profit use.
As promised, I’ve been going back through the three earliest stained glass pieces and modifying them to fit more seamlessly into the overall look of the Stained Class series. When they’re all completed, I’ll be making one large piece that contains all of the windows in a wall, for those who have been asking for that.
I’ll also be submitting it to Blizzard art, so wish me luck! I was incredibly honored to win the Blizzard Comic Contest with The Orc Detective, and am hoping lightning will strike twice.
I hate to even address this, but as I was working on the new Mage, it came to my attention that my Stained Class pieces had been stolen by an individual who was claiming the work as their own.
The person was charging people for backgrounds featuring my stained glass pieces and those from wonderfully talented artist (and employee of Blizzard) Howard Lyon. They were even offering ‘personalized commissions’, though how they intended to deliver on such a promise- if they ever intended to do so- is a mystery. The thief in question even contacted me to see if I would modify one of my pieces because, I later learned, someone had ‘commissioned’ them to make the change.
If you want to purchase artwork, particularly commissions, please do be extremely careful. An artist will work with you every step of the way and be transparent about the entire process. Ask for references from satisfied customers. Check out their Twitter account and website to see if they look legitimate. When in doubt, ask other artists in the community.
I do offer personalized commissions for a fee, but I have never and will never charge for the art on this website. If you see it for sale anywhere else, you can take it from me the seller is a dirty, filthy, disgusting, stinking liar.
Available, as ever, for any non-profit, credited use.
For a bit of fun, I thought I’d turn a standard, very well-known Twitter bird icon into a series of WoW Class Icons. I wish I knew who made the original image to credit them, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out. The colors for each bird follow the color conventions of the in-game map dots.
The Druids get a little something extra, despite being node-stealers; they have an additional tank bird that struck me as amusing as I was working on their final class icon. You’ll find the Bonus Tank Druidbird below the main bird section.
At any rate, feel free to use these for any non-profit icon or avatar use you’d like; credited use is, as ever, much appreciated. Enjoy!
After wrapping up all the Stained Class classes, I knew I wanted to go back and re-work the first three (plus the hunter) to fit into the theme that developed a bit later in the process.
Today’s installment is the Priest- near and dear to my heart as it is- in all his or her glory.
I tried to represent the Disc, Holy, and Shadow facets of the finest profession (no slight intended) in the game equally, and am pretty pleased with the results: The ubiquitous Disc bubble, the Holy halos and wide-ranging group heals, the Orbs and darkness of Shadow Priests– plus, of course, our beloved, misguided, and thoroughly unreliable Shadowfiend clinging to his master. I couldn’t resist using my own Disco, Liala, as the model. All in all, it feels thoroughly right (though I understand completely that a BLOOD ELF representation is deepest blasphemy!).
The original Priest Stained Class can be found here, if you feel nostalgic for last month.
Next up are the reboot versions of the earlier Paladin and Mage classes, and then I’ll have to redo the Hunter (the original of which no one liked, including me). So enjoy these, enjoy those, and enjoy what’s coming next.
Today’s installation of the Stained Class series is the final class to get a window, the Death Knight. Those raised undead warriors of Arthas’ evil plans feature in nearly every account. Who among us doesn’t have a DK hiding in a back pocket, or boldly serving as our main, or jumping in to fill a gap in a raid? Those Veterans of the Third War rise above the rotten fruit and catcalls to prove themselves again and again. To my staunch Death Knight friends, and my own beloved Hardly, /salute.
Now that all the classes are complete, I’ll go back and re-execute the Priest, the Paladin, the Mage and the Hunter to match the style of the later stained glasses.
It’s been a huge amount of fun to create the Stained Class series, but the feedback you’ve all been kind enough to give has been the best part of it for me. Thank you all so much for your continued support, eyeballs, and words of encouragement!
Available, as ever, for any non-profit, credited use.