This tutorial will covers some of the interesting steps of producing this image. starting with what sparked the idea, and covering the modeling, texturing, rendering and compossiting. I will also share a few tips and tricks as I show the process.
Concept and Inspiration
Not much to say here. After quite a long time of no free-time personal projects, I run across a sketch of a blood elf from Blizzard and I was flooded with inspiration. I then gathered a few more sketches by samwise and at a certain point I had a very clear picture in my mind on the whole composition and on very specific things like the armor's design. I should note that the sketches sparked it for me and helped my inspiration run, but I was in no way trying to duplicate it, I wanted to give it my own design.