The Fine Art of Fan Art : Épisode 1 – Le graphiste (VOST)


My name is Thomas Karlsson I was born and raised in Sala,
northwest of Stockholm. Due to work, I eventually
ended up in Gothenburg where I work as a freelance
concept artist and illustrator. So, I started out as an Alliance player as most players did. A Human, of course questing through Elwynn Forest but at some point I made
the decision to go Horde and I never turned back. But I do miss tanking on
my Paladin sometimes. Previously, when I just
started playing the games I didn’t really think about
making it my career I was just thinking I was just blown away
by all the cool art in the games I’m not even sure I
considered the fact that someone actually created all
those cool things in the games. The first Blizzard game I played was actually Warcraft II. I didn’t actually speak
English very well at the time so I didn’t understand the lore very well but the best part of the box that I bought was actually the starter guide which had some really cool drawings by Samwise Didier and Chris Metzen in it. And those were kind of the things that sparked my interest in the fantasy genre. The style that Samwise brought forward with the cool Orcs with
the spiked shoulders was nothing that I had ever seen before. I would definetely consider
Samwise and Metzen to be two of my greatest inspirations when it come to my fantasy art and they have been a strong influence ever since the beginning of my career. All the years that I’ve spent
playing World of Warcraft and other Blizzard games as well have had an impact on
my art style, for sure. I used the things that I learned
from the Blizzard fan art shaped into my own kind of style, I think. Me and my girlfriend have been together for about twelve years now. She allows me to follow my dream so that’s why she is an inspiration to me. I think it’s really important
that your family and friends support your artwork with their understanding when it comes to the amount of time and dedication that it requires for you
to become a great artist. For this latest piece that I created I wanted to do something related to the new expansion, the Legion expansion. King Varian is a very cool character and he has like this raw energy about him and I really wanted to
capture that in an image. The piece usually starts
out looking very bland and I try to add all the fancy
lighting effects right at the end just so they don’t interfere with the actual shapes and construction
of the materials of the surfaces. Once I have nailed down the shapes of all the different pieces like the armor, the leather and the skin then I start putting in the light and putting depth and playing around
with saturation levels and light and just making the
image pop right at the end. So, the Varian piece took me roughly 21 hours, or so, to make. The most challenging part of this piece was probably Varian’s pose and to make him look interesting and to make it look like he was actually coming with speed from
the side of the image and make the impact really stand out. You have to be the judge
of how good it went.

15 thoughts on “The Fine Art of Fan Art : Épisode 1 – Le graphiste (VOST)

  1. Si, comme Thomas Karlson, vous êtes un artiste qui crée des œuvres inspirées par Warcraft, nous voulons les voir et nous pourrons peut-être les mettre en avant aussi ! Vous pouvez nous les envoyer par email à l’adresse [email protected], avec votre permission de les publier.

  2. Evidemment on parle que du bon, les design de blizzard sont parmi les meilleurs qui existent, mais on compare le niveau des artistes au niveau des directeurs de gameplay ? ^^'

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