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Sands of Ahn’Qiraj: Unlimited Orphea & Scarab Queen Whitemane

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The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj have re-opened. Here they are. Your community skins that you voted on from the Nexus Celebration contest. Orphea and Whitemane were consistently top 2 after 380some votes so I decided to make both. I feel like this could be a fall or summer event called "Sands of Ahn'Qiraj" seeing as Old God themed skins are very popular and Orphinormi as a member of the Bronze Dragonflight has to keep things in check.

Orphea https://www.artstation.com/artwork/AqvnrV

Please excuse the VFX on chomp and the hourglass, they're pretty much placeholders since I've never been really taught in-depth in VFX and went on pure instinct. I put a pile of sand on both ends for modeling reasons and so that the hourglass seems a little bit more infinite timeloop-ish with the whole Bronze Dragon theme. I also shortened the front skirt because clipping reasons and not wanting to add too many custom bones to the models since I'm the one who has to go back in and animate it to fit with Blizzard's – see Whitemane's headpiece, staffcloth and front skirt.

Here's her Timelapsehttps://youtu.be/PAJuRHgft6c

Whitemane https://www.artstation.com/artwork/48yVNk
Whitemane's dance is based on "Leila" by Cheb Salama. I changed the timing a little bit and made it shorter because I didn't want her to move too far away from her origin.
Here's her Timelapsehttps://youtu.be/EftnEQS-iaI

There's also some literal doodles I made for possible future portraits/sprays https://imgur.com/a/fbTxQak
(the one more "out there" for WM is based on this, in case you were confused, she just gave me WM vibes) that feel when the Heretic confesses

I hope you enjoy these skins and I hope I came close to what the concept artists imagined. One last note on concepts, for future things like this it would really help if things that wrap around with a pattern, like Orphea's skirt could be drawn laid out flat. Just so I don't distort the pattern entirely. Also if it isn't clear with the way it's painted, make a note of "this is silk" or "this is cotton", it helps me with how I color/add reflections because I make all of these by myself with no feedback, mostly because I would feel like I'm bothering people since these aren't official, or ways to talk to the artist like "this is what I had in mind" (I also don't speak Russian in this case).

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Mid-key – I also have a Patreon where you can find the raw PNGs for thumbnails or w/e and the model files & textures (currently for WM). I'm a lootbox type person so my models aren't the only thing you'll find there and the stuff won't always be HotS or WoW related. That's all.

Source: reddit.com

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