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Getting started can be the most difficult step for WoW newbies and WoW "WarCrafters" alike. Showing your artwork to other people – or even having the gumption to create any in the first place – can be intimidating stuff. Discovering someone who's willing to show you how it's done or even share his creative process represents a major inspirational coup. Swedish WoW player Jonas at wowatar.com is one of those creative wellsprings. He's created a small drawing site filled with WoW-related nuggets that inspire, instruct and delight.
"I'm a struggling artist and illustrator and a dedicated World of Warcraft player," he writes to World of WarCrafts. "I've tried to combine those two into making drawings of creatures from the game. I've been playing WoW for about two and a half to three years, I think. At the moment I'm mostly focused on WoW, but I also do some Star Wars drawings."
Jonas launched wowatar.com with the idea of creating pencil sketches of player avatars. " This idea changed almost immediately, since drawing monsters in the game offered more variety," he explains on his site. "Now I only draw player avatars if someone ask me to."
Jonas doesn't keep all that creativity to himself. He's generous with his ideas and experience, using his site to help newbies get a leg up and start sketching. A drawing tutorial covers materials, preparation, sketching, shading, highlights, details and cleaning the edges. Time lapse videos take you behind the scenes and see exactly what those techniques look like in action.
Like what you see? Jonas offers a page of WoW-related desktop artwork in standard resolutions. Scoop one up to inspire your own WoW-inspired artwork – and don't forget to share them with us at World of WarCrafts!
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