Wednesday, August 24, 2011

World of Warcraft and Creativity

In an attempt to get you guys to visit on a regular basis, I'm going to try to keep the content more up-to-date. Not sure I can find time to post every day, but I'll try to get at least a few posts a week.

Of course I'll still be holding the usual giveaways. I'm hoping to schedule those more regularly in the near future. But in the mean time, there really is so much stuff I want to post about. Not just my contests or collections or projects that I'm working on, but interesting stuff I've learned about from World of Warcraft friends. For instance, my friend Jen found a really cool website called the visual roleplay gear list. With the upcoming transmogrification changes in 4.3, this amazing compilation of gear sets and assorted items will be a wonderful resource for those of us that collect armor and accessories. Nice find, Jen!

While visiting WOW Insider a while back, I found out about a great blog called World of Warcraft unofficial papercrafts where you can download printable patterns to create mind-blowing 3D paper models of creatures, characters, items, etc. I haven't attempted any of them yet, but I plan to. I just marvel at the mad paper skills of these people! 

I really want to start featuring some WoW-related art on my blog, since that's a big interest of mine. I saw a gorgeous illustration of Sylvanas Windrunner in the Blizzard Fan Art Gallery a while back, and was astonished to later learn it was a 3D illustration. It came as no surprise to me that artist, Tamara Bakhlycheva, works in the game industry. But I was thrilled to learn she's a young woman. She has such an eye for sumptuous color and intricate detail, but there's a soft, luminescent quality in her work that you don't often see in game art or concept art. Please take a moment to check out some of her amazing 3D work:

Tamara Bakhlycheva
And that of her husband Vadim:
Vadim Bakhlycheva
Edit: I mistakenly posted the latter image and credited Tamara, but it has come to my attention this is her husband's work. What a talented couple!


  1. I love Tamara's work, she's an absolutely fantastic artist. But I think that the night elf was actually done by her husband Vadim (who is also an awesome artist worth checking out:,

  2. Thanks for the heads up, Je5suh! Her husband's work is mind-blowing. I found it in her gallery, but missed the credit to her husband as the artist. I'm revising my post to reflect your correction. Thanks again!

  3. The visual roleplay list website has been bookmarked for me for quite a while, it's a great place to get some idea for new outfits. Currently hunting down cheap Gossamer greenies for a priestly outfit.

  4. That visual roleplay list is what I've been looking for for forever! Love it! Thanks so much!

  5. slipgate is an awesome artist, he is just insane in terms of quality and speed. I believe he works for Blizzard now, also. Not sure about Tamara though.

    Now that I've been hunting down greens for 4.3 my respect for your dedication for pet portraits has gone up even more!