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Saturday Sketch – The Esteemed Professor

28 May

As I’ve had a cold this week (again), I merely have time to present to you this sketch I did some time ago of Arrens, Headmaster of Stormwind University.

Yup, it’s most definitely a sketch. I’m personally amazed that he doesn’t look entirely like a girl, as most of my attempts at drawing men end up as. It’s the eyebrows, I’m sure.

This was drawn on the same day I did that snowball sketch, in case you were wondering.

Now excuse me while I go blow my nose some more…

— Misha

Saturday Sketch – Millya

7 May

Awhile back, Vidyala at Manalicious had a blogoversary. To thank her readers, she offered to do five minute sketches of those who commented on the Blogoversary post.

Guess who commented.

Go on, take a stab in the dark.

Well, lots of people commented, actually. Who wouldn’t? Vidyala is known for her artistic prowess. And in case you are unfamiliar with the prowess I speak of, just check out the Secret Santa piece she did of Mishaweha!

But yes, I did happen to comment, asking for a sketch of Likal, my Night Elf. Here’s the sketch Vidyala did (you can also see it in her sketch post):

Likal by Vidyala - 5 minute sketch

Wonderful!

In return, as I felt a little guilty for DEMANDING a sketch (can you demand a sketch if it was offered? I propose that you can), I decided to draw a sketch of Vidyala’s main characters — her mage, Millya!

Millya

A sketch of Millya

I tried to leave it to five minutes or less, but I don’t think it was too bad, in the end. Even though Draenei are filled with lots of complicated parts you have to remember to draw, like horns and tentacles and face bumps. But I remembered the very important freckles!

Have you ever tried doing timed sketches before? It’s kinda fun, especially since it excuses any errors you feel you make!

Until next time!

— Misha

Saturday Sketch – Snowball Surprise

2 Apr

Anna of Too Many Annas had written an RP post some time ago, a brief interlude into the lives of Aely and Arrens. It took place during Winter’s Veil. I had sketched a scene from that post some time ago.

Since Winter has decided it wanted to see what April was like (hint: if Winter is there, it still looks like winter), I think that it makes a fitting tribute as today’s Saturday Sketch.

But to fully appreciate the scene, you should first read Anna’s Winter’s Veil post.

Have you read it yet?

No? But I supplied a link and everything.

Please, try again.

Have you read it now? … Well, I guess I’ll have to assume you did, as the image I drew is now right below this line (and you probably already saw it anyway).

(You may click the image to embiggen).

PWAPH!

As soon as I read the post, I had this image in my mind (only better drawn and more funny). So I sketched it (in PEN!) on a nearby sheet of paper. That I then scanned (and removed some stray pen lines). Still, I don’t think it was too bad.

Have you ever read a passage that gave you an excellent mental image of what was going on? Have you ever illustrated such a passage before? And, most importantly, have you ever been unexpected beaned in the head by a snowball? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday Sketch – The Mysterious Rabbit

19 Mar

As I’ve gone silent for far too long, here’s a quick little ‘sketch’ I did some time ago:

 

Three images of a rabbit-person, facing forward, profile, and in rabbit form.

Emo Rabbit is Emo

 

Who is this rabbit man and why does he look so sad? Why is he only wearing gray? And did he mean to be misproportioned like that?

(The answers: I don’t know; Because colors are hard; No but it happens, you know?)

I think I drew him for some sort of Alice in Wonderland based RP on Gaiaonline, and he was to be the White Rabbit. However, I don’t believe the character sheet was ever finished — heck, I don’t think he has an actual name — and the RP never really took off either. So this reference picture has sat on my computer for awhile, to be thrust onto this site for your amusement.

Have you ever made a character that never was used? Was it a similar circumstance or something much more exciting? Let me know in the comments!

Secret Santa Art Trade 2010

18 Jan

Recently, I participated in a Secret Santa Art Exchange on the twitters, hosted by Loreli. Art was distributed on the 24th of December — what a great Christmas present!

If you follow the blog Manalicious, you would have already seen the piece that Vidyala (the former Pugging Pally) did for me. However, I will also show it here because it is smexy:

Mishaweha by Vidyala

Mishaweha by Vidyala. It's my favorite armor set! Also - totems! ❤

I absolutely love it! I’ve even made it into my current twitter/gravatar icons! So thank you a bunch, Vidyala!

But as this was an art trade, I too had to draw someone all pretty, and that someone (picked out by non-artist Technophobia) was Fyreuni, of Daily Quests fame! I had tons of ideas for what to draw (with most well out of the bounds of my abilities/time to complete them, which is why Vas wasn’t drawn. Sorry!) In the end I came up with this:

Fyreuni

She's wearing the priest Tier 11, as requested. It's a pretty set (for priests), even if it has a couple dudes looking into pools of water on the shoulders.

It’s not too bad if I dare say so myself, though I’ve vowed never to draw tier gear again! So many details! I’m much more of a lazy slapdash artist myself.

I’m not that happy with the background, though. I decided to put her in Vashj’ir, which is notionally the zone priest Tier 11 armor is based on. However, Vashj’ir’s plantlife isn’t exactly pretty, and the colors ended up being a little too similar (I’m horrible with color schemes!)

So just because I can, here’s a version of the picture with Fyreuni in the Mac whitespace:

Fyreuni in Macspace

Fyreuni in the place they filmed those Mac commercials.

The purple on her arm is indeed shadowform. I’m pretending the spell rapidly moves up from her hand to cover the rest of her body, instead of being instantly applied. I had put more shadowform over her body, but it hid the ‘details’ of the armor (and also The SA said it looked like she got covered in some sort of purple mud. >.> )

I’ll close with a small sample of the many, many sketches I did of Fyreuni in the weeks before starting the finished drawing. These are just the ones that I did at home, and not while at work (since I didn’t feel like taking work materials home to scan!)

These were drawn on wedding thank you notes I had messed up:

Fyreuni Sketches 1

Sketched Fyreuni heads, now with scribbled notes!

Fyreuni Sketches 2

More Fyreunis, now with cute poses!

Fyreuni Sketches 3

More Fyreuni, now with slightly more detailed armor!

Fyreuni Sketches 4

More Fyreuni, now with sketchy Tier 11 armor! (This sketch was the main basis for the pose, and the first time I carefully studied the Tier 11 armor)

That’s all I have to say about this year’s Secret Santa Art Trade! Here’s the page with a list of participants and links to all the art that they made. You should go check out all of the great art there!

-Misha

Right After Just Married…

14 Oct
A chibi picture with 'Misha' making a scary face at The SA

Y so srs?

(Though to tell you the truth, he’s the one who added the “y so serious” text for this sketch…)

Just Married

10 Oct

A chibi picture of 'Misha' and The SA

As long as everything went according to plan. 😀 (And sorry for the whitespace-filled image – wordpress didn’t want to crop it!)

I’m very doubtful I’ll be checking comments for the next few weeks (go go honeymoon!), so if you haven’t commented here before and you don’t see your comment showing up… don’t worry. I’ll be checking it later!

-Misha

Saturday Sketch – Katiea in Plate

31 Jul

To keep up with the image theme for this week, I’d like to present yet another Sketch Saturday.

This particular sketch I drew in my notebook during a rather boring meeting that didn’t really involve the work I was doing for the project. It was a really long meeting too, which is why this sketch has a level of ‘detail’ my meeting sketches usually don’t have:

Katiea, a blood elf paladin, wearing spiky plate armor.

Katiea in plate. Healers always wear plate like this, right?

It’s Katiea! You remember her, don’t you? From that sketch before? The awesome healing pally!

“But why is she the subject of your sketch from work?” you may ask.

I’m so glad you asked. You see, Katiea and I were talking about paladin gear, and how that she hated the fact she had to heal in a skirt — she would much rather be wearing pants! So when I decided to sketch her character during work (as additional practice for another drawing, I think), I gave her a tough outfit. With pants. And if tons of spikes aren’t tough, I don’t know what is.

Now, the mace is sized at ‘ridiculously large’, but I figure the nob at the other end is a ridiculously dense counterweight so it makes perfect sense. PERFECT SENSE.

Other than that, I rather like the armor design, which is based on the standard ‘leveling plate’ found in Northrend (even if I made some of it rather large to fill up space. >.> )

So what about you? Have you ever doodled something neat during meetings? Or been annoyed that your healing plate = a plate skirt which is barely physically possible (at least not with complications?) Do tell!

-Misha

A Picture Tells A Thousand Words (A Shared Topic Post)

29 Jul

Today’s post is a Blog Azeroth Shared Topic for July 26-31. Nuniel, from the very art-filled and aptly-named blog “The Rambling Draenei Death Knight”, asked us to share a screenshot, fan art, or handmade drawing, and then tell us about it and how it makes us feel. I’ve already done one post on this, focusing on screenshots. Today, I will be looking at art that WoW players have made, include myself! (And while there will be images in this post, hopefully there will be less than last time!)

People who like to draw have a tendency to draw what they like. Ergo, people who like WoW and like to draw have a tendency to draw WoW fan art. I’ll be looking at three different groups of art — Blizzard’s Official Fan Art, my art, and art of other people that I know about and remembered to mention (go go memory!)

Blizzard’s Official Fan Art

If you like shiny art things and haven’t been looking at the official fan art blizzard posts, you need to go there right now and start oogling. There are tons and tons of really well done pieces (otherwise, they wouldn’t have gotten up there, right?) While it’s for ALL of blizzard’s games (including Starcraft and Diablo), the majority of the pieces so far are WoW-related.

Here’s just a short categorical list (with poorly picked catagories) of just some the art you can find there. I’ve linked to some ‘samples’ for you do view (because it would take to long to try to download them all from the site, and I am lazy).

(Note: At the time of posting, Blizzard interrupts all links with a Starcraft ad, which in turn makes it so the link does not go directly the the screenshot. You’ll need to open the link again if the ad pops up).

(That’s the one thing about blizzard’s fan art — they definitely lean towards the scantily clad female ones and masculine man ones. But that’s probably ’cause they have more guys looking over the art than girls. Or they just know what their fans want.)

While I tried to keep the links more or less equal between the categories, some are represented more than others. Definitely the single characters and NPCs (and in the NPCs, there seems to be a lot of Sylvanases sexily striding towards the camera); and the majority of the art is drawn in a more ‘serious’ and less cartoony style. However, there are exceptions, as you see above. In addition, not all are just drawings. Sometimes there are models, statues, or 3d models made from scratch. Recently there were even pictures of little cut-outs of characters that were drawn!

But before this segment on Blizzard’s fan art ends, I’d like to share one of  the official fan art pieces that has captured my heart. I believe I can even call it my favorite believe it or not. I even have it as the background for my new Alienware laptop. You may see this image below.

Power of the Horde, by Tooth

Power of the Horde, by Tooth

Is it not awesome? I’m in awe of it every time. I love how much detail is put in with such a limited palette. I’ve always like this ‘noir shadows’ style of drawing, especially when it looks good. It takes some skill.

My enamored state when it comes to this picture could be because I identify as Horde, and therefore think only Horde could look as cool as they do in the picture. But even alliance must admit it’s awesome, right?

(It also, for some reason, reminds me of Bleach, which I don’t even really watch. It’s probably because they have a black and white motif).

So Tooth, thank you for making the Horde look awesome.

My Own Art

Now, my art, in my opinion, doesn’t look nearly as cool as Tooth’s does. I assume if I worked hard at it, I could improve my technical skills so I could actually formulate something that awesome on my own. However, I am lazy, so I’ll stick with my “they aren’t stick figures” level of art. Which I don’t mind showing off to you all (After all, it’s my blog and I can do what I want to. *starts singing*)

Anyway, I’d like to share with you a few of my more finished WoW art pieces. I drew them last December (or so), as cards to go along with gifts for our guild leader (Ladybug), and our main raid leader (Rowdy). Who happens to be her son (her adult son, I might add).

(Aside to any guildies reading this — no, I’m not going to buy you anything. But if you want some art, I may be available…)

*ahem*

So this is the first drawing I did, of our guild leader, Ladybug, a troll priest who heals.

Drawing of Ladybug holding a spectral kitten.

Ladybug with her new kitty.

I’ll let you guess what we gave her. At either rate, she liked both the gift and the drawing (I printed it out to send to her, since I drew it on the computer).

As for our raid leader, Rowdy, we got him a gift both he and his girlfriend could enjoy. Since I had that in mind when I drew his card (which was in actual card format by folding the paper to make a card (hardcore!)), it had pictures of both of their ‘toons’.

Here was the image on the front of the card, Rowdy’s tanking warrior:

Drawing of an undead warrior drinking beer.

This is what he does during raids (more or less). We think it helps.

It said something to the effect of ‘When you’re going out to party…”

On the inside was a picture of his girlfriend’s toon… if she played WoW! (She doesn’t, so I took some liberties and made her a blood elf hunter, with her pet as their new(ish) dog):

A blood elf hunter with her pet dachshund.

I really think that if she played WoW, she would be a hunter. And a blood elf, 'cause they're cute.

It had a caption to the effect of “Don’t forget to bring your boss!” Oh ho ho! How funny and clever. I should get into the card writing business, I’m sure.

They liked the present and the card as well. ^_^

Other People’s Art

I’m not the only one who can scribble on paper and come up with some nice looking things. There are many other artists out there, drawing very pretty pictures of the World of Warcraft. Here are just a few sites that I know about — please share if you know more that I should be aware of!

  • WoW, Eh? — Drawn by Cadistra, this is a webcomic about WoW, eh? (She’s Canadian). It’s really good; you should go check it out if you haven’t already. You may also recognize her work on wow.com, as she draws Byron the Tauren Rogue (and she does draw good Tauren, which makes me happy).
  • Daily Quests — Another delicious WoW webcomic, made by Fyreuni (artist) and Vas (writer). It is also a good time, with a clean, crips art style and humorous jokes. Plus, it has a blog in addition to the pretty comics!
  • Complex Actions — Yes, another webcomic. Currently on a mini-hiatus, Silkspinner and (former writer) Talthos make quite a few hilarious jokes, on both WoW and other nerdy things. All of the comics have beautiful, detailed art. Silk’s painting style is not something one usually sees in webcomics, let alone ones that are published three days a week!
  • Loreli — An RPer from the Feathermoon server, Loreli also is a very talented artist. Check out her website, as you may see her ‘specialty’, i.e. post-it note sketches.
  • Baenhoof — Also known and karnokoto on deviantart, is an artist with versatile styles. Personally, I adore the chibis, such as the one on her twitter account. Cute!

I believe the majority of the artists take commissions, and the ones who don’t have stores where you can buy prints or other stuff related to their comics. So you should check it out if you like their art!

Do you know of any other artists that I (and others) should check out? I’m sure I’ve missed some many. Do you have a favorite ‘official fan art’ piece? Have you noticed any trends in what kind of art is ‘official’? Do you still remember a particular piece that was posted awhile ago? (And do you miss the comic contest? I know I do!) Or have you drawn some WoW fan art yourself? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear about it!

-Misha

The Box

16 Jul

Upon returning home at the end of the night, your character finds… a box before his or her door.  It’s rather common-looking, as boxes go — a simple wooden crate, about two feet on a side.  There are no markings telling its point of origin, but your name’s stamped in big, block letters right on top.  It’s closed with a simple brass hasp.  No one appears to be around that witnessed its delivery.

As you peer at it, something shifts inside:  just the faintest sound of movement, then all is still again.

What do you do?

***

The night’s air was crisp and cold, as it often was in Dalaran. With the city so high on the northern continent, Mishaweha wondered how they didn’t all freeze to death.

“Magic, probably,” she mused to herself. “How like mages, to force the elements when they only need to ask. Even the air spirits here would be willing to listen.” Misha stretched her fingers out to play against the air, smiling briefly. At least the elements and their issues were simple… compared to the mess she and her comrades had been dealing with for the past few days — the Scourge. They were fortunate enough to get a break from the front lines, if only for a little while.

It was well past midnight, as evidenced by the lack of people on the street. Very few were out and about, and those who were either hurried to their destination or loitered with intent. Misha was one that hurried, from the ‘portal room’ to her ‘home away from home’ at The Filthy Animal.

The inn was eerily dark and silent. Only the main fire still burned, giving the central room a dark red glow. No servers walked about, the kitchen was silent, and even Uda, the ever vigilant innkeeper, was nowhere in sight. Not to say the place was unguarded, though, as her wolves still lay at the entrance. One lifted his head to sniff at Misha as she walked in, but quickly laid back down, snuffling with disinterest.

Carefully, Misha made her way past to wolves and upstairs to her room, fiddling for her key in the dark. A few minutes later she found it (along with the rest of her keys) buried at the bottom of her pack. A few minutes after that, she located the correct key for the door. After the key was found, however, it was very quick for her to unlock the door, take a step to go inside —

And trip over a two-foot wooden crate that had escaped her night-vision. Misha fell straight forward and face-planted into her room with an extremely-loud-in-a-silent-house crash due to all of her mail armor she was still wearing.

She stayed absolutely still for a moment, taking full account of any injuries (nothing serious, though her chin would probably still smart in the morning). It seemed that no one was up to see, which was good. This wasn’t very dignified for a tauren of her stature. And there were no cries for silence, which meant either her neighbors were dead asleep or too tired to complain about noise.

Mishaweha laying awkwardly on the ground after tripping on a box.

(( This is sorta what I envisioned, but it's not accurate. Just look at that armor - Misha wouldn't be caught dead in that! >.> ))

A few minutes later Misha had untangled herself from the floor and moved the offending item into the middle of the room, instead of right outside her doorway. It was just a plan old wooden crate, as far as she could tell. A simple latch, easy enough to open. It had her name on it.

Oh — and it had moved.

It was a subtle movement, just a little jitter, a tiny shake — but it definitely had done something. Misha figured that since boxes typically don’t move on their own, there had to be something inside.

“And who,” Mishaweha wondered, “would leave me a plain box with something alive in it? And what, pray, could it be?”

She had a hunch about who gave it to her, at least. But as to what it could be…

“Only one way to find out…”

She deftly undid the latch, opened the lid, and peered inside to see…

“A mechanical squirrel?”

The squirrel looked at her with green glowing eyes and chirped, mechanical-like.

Carefully, Misha reached in and pulled out the squirrel so she could get a better look. It tilted its head to the side and continued to look adorable. Misha’s eyes narrowed at the squirrel as she proceeded to search the box, with one hand, for a note of some kind. But there was nothing but box.

“Someone who knows me, knows when I’d be on leave, knows how to make useless mechanical contraptions, and loves surprising people? It could only be…”

“Mamisha,” she muttered aloud. As if to confirm her suspicions, the squirrel made that adorable mechanical chirping noise again. Mishaweha sighed. Her sister would do this. Leaving her no note, not telling her what it is, leaving ‘the present’ in an inconvenient place… yup, it smelled of younger sister.

“I don’t even know what I’d do with you,” Misha murmured at the squirrel. She turned it different angles and examined it some. “Do you need to be wound up? Or do you have some crazy power source?” Cursory examinations showed no keys or other winding mechanisms that she could see. The squirrel barely struggled as she checked the surface.

“Hm. I suppose you’re girl too, huh. Do you need to eat?” Misha smirked slightly at the thought of a mechanical squirrel eating (“Gears and oil?”), and offered a finger for it to sniff. The squirrel sniffed it and cocked its head again, looking ever more adorable. Misha tried not to be taken in with it’s cuteness.

“I guess I’ll worry more about this in the morning.” Slowly she got up from her sitting position, still holding the squirrel. She moved to place it back in the box, but after it gave her the most piteously adorable puppy dog face (a great feat, considering it was made of metal), Misha placed the squirrel on a nearby table. She then closed the box, tucking it under the table where people can’t trip on it, and then got herself ready for some well-deserved sleep.

Shame she didn’t know that mechanical squirrels have built in alarm clocks. A shame indeed.