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Vanquish the Evil by Andantonius Vanquish the Evil by Andantonius
Here's an illustration for a special TAD assignment, to create an illustration for the WoW TCG, based on one of three scenarios that were provided in the brief.

This particular one is of a Draenei Priest striking down a Flesh Giant in Icecrown. I got a lot of fanjoy out of this since my main for quite a while was just like this, haha. But what's really exciting is that the senior AD at Blizzard is coming in next week to review all the pieces, so I'm excited (and somewhat terrified) to hear what he'll say. It's an awesome opportunity either way though, and I had a blast doing it. It's gotten me super excited for next semester as well, when we're getting in to our majors and will start worldbuilding!

So yeah, hope ya dig it, have a good one!

Copyright Blizzard Entertainment.
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CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013

Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create art like you? How did you learn and become so amazing?!!


Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings?


People just say 'Practice.' But I do not know 'exactly' what this entails. 


Can you maybe make me, like, a list or something?!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time so I can get as good as you? 


If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials you can recommend that totally helped you get better, that would be so freakin' incredible!!!


Thanks for the help!

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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the gist of what people have told you is correct. Practice is everything; you can go to the best school and buy the most expensive paint, brushes, hardware and software but if someone with a stack of printer paper and a 2b pencil draws more than you, that person will improve more quickly. So the biggest thing is to be drawing every day.

Beyond that, simply put some time on a regular basis to analyze where your work is at and where you need to improve, then do studies to build up those skills you feel are lacking. If you draw all week and notice that your hands don't come out looking right, then dedicate the following week to studying hands, etc. You'll need to build up all your foundations skills; perspective, anatomy, composition, light and form, painting, etc. and when your foundations improve your creative ideas will be represented more accurately. The key there is that foundations are boring, you're going to have to draw about 1,000 cubes to get a basic handle on perspective, but if you want to draw cool monsters and spaceships that is a prerequisite you can't skip.

As far as resources I would recommend these books:
The Gnomon Workshop DVDs
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:iconcapnnomn:
CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thank you so much for the help! I am going to create amazing art. 
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blitzARiTz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
whoa this is superb!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconrobertstudio22:
RobertStudio22 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
this is just amazing great work on this epic amazing
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AgathaKeyguard Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Great picture! :)
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:iconparkurtommo:
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heh I saw this yesterday in the conceptart.org forum.

Great job.
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:iconben-keen:
Ben-Keen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Digital Artist
This is great work!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsebastianalex:
Sebastianalex Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Vanquish the Game :D
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:iconguardiandragon1:
GuardianDragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool bro. I appreciate the finer details in the mage, and the more generalized forms used in the creature. You understanding of anatomy has improved quite a bit from last year!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconanzareveange:
anzareveange Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg! this is awesome!!!
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LainaAngouleme Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I love this!
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:iconchosendefect:
ChosenDefect Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Stunning image, love what you do. :D
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:iconmyartmystyle:
MyartMystyle Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Love the composition and the colour palette is gorgeous. =)
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! :D
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an0nim0uz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Amazing. I bow to your talent, sir.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, well thanks very much. :B
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:iconyi-kai:
Yi-Kai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic mate :)
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Love this piece, the Draenei Priestess looks great with that robe and staff, not to mention the holy energy radiating from her hand, doing a good job illuminating her. The giant being hit by the lightning is great, it looks like he is being torn apart from the inside as well, the patchwork flesh and glowing beneath the stitches is very suited. Well done, keep it up.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I appreciate it! :D
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:iconnightmarecl:
Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
It is deserved after all.
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DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To suffice, he's screwed. =P

Well done Andan!
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DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To suffice, he's screwed. =P

Well done Andan!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, quite. Thanks!
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:iconreisif:
ReiSif Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like i'm part of the battle. well done!
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconreisif:
ReiSif Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome. Keep up the great work :nod:
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Great perspective---you can feel the towering weight of the giant. And I like the slanted horizon.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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Takanahara Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Priests win!!! :D
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I concur! haha.
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:icontakanahara:
Takanahara Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
tee hee >:3 who says Priests can't be godly?! XD
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xXTechnoLolitaXx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
omg! thats so amzing!

thump, thump thump, bbbbbeeeepppppp.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! :)
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xXTechnoLolitaXx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
welcome
:clap: :clap: truly amzing work. :clap: :clap:
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UnusualSpectra Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist
This is so incredible! You have the perfect amount of detail on the priestess. It's all just amazing.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! :D
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AliGFX Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is sounds epic.
well done :)
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconilovetodraw22:
ilovetodraw22 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is literally breathtaking! :clap:
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Zato1chi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
It's really pretty good art. Blizzard already published such card - it's Desperate Condemnation by Mark Zug ( [link] ), but I wish to see your future art in next sets :) I think there is one problem - TCG card have not a big size, and you draenei too little in compare of flesh giant - so in theory no one can recognize the race in a card.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks muchly!

And yeah, I know they've already got this one out, I think it was more of a mock-job to get a feel for how the process would work. :)
And you're quite right, though I did frequently reduce it to card size and I think the Draenei reads pretty clearly, there's enough contrast in the silhouette that you can make out her horns and tentacles and such. But, perhaps not, we'll see!
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Samik99 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student General Artist
man oh man

epic man just epic
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man!
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Green-Roc Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:
Terrified? Naw, not YOU! I trust things will go the way of "the light"
;)
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