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Hey guys, I keep receiving questions about old-school characters and hand-painted textures, that's why I want to keep this tutorials list up as a default.

Epic Bible for cg-artists for FREE (no kidding), there is a few tutorials about hand-paint textures:

Two videos with hand-painted female face:

Tyson Murphy character artist at World of Warcraft team with old-school weapons tutorial:

My Demon Chaser tutorials e-book:…
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I'm 3d character--artist and I've been working in game development industry since 2005.

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Current Residence: California,USA, but originally I'm from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
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Favourite style of art: fantasy,sci-fi
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I please have your opinion on this very simple weapon model ?
Scarlet Crusade Hammer by TSG-Arakara
FirstKeeper Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Its almost too simple, also hard to read differences between materials
TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the simple design was what I wanted. It's not meant to be a raid or PvP stuff, y'know ?
More like something an NPC would wear inside the Scarlet Monastery dungeon, or something a character could find at low level.
The material problem, maybe it'd be better with brighter textures ?
YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for allowing Storia-Italiana (Italian-History) to display your portrait of Lucrezia Borgia in our group's gallery. :) If you are interested, please consider joining Storia-Italiana.
FirstKeeper Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it true that Zarya, from Overwatch, was based on you?
FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I wish, I knew for sure:) But different people even at work keep telling me that she looks just like me :)
chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I mention it because I ran across a post on Tumblr suggesting it, and then it snowballed from there to a couple other sites like Reddit, apparently largely in protest of the folks who'd claim the character was "pandering" to certain groups, or would claim that "muscular Russian woman" was an offensive stereotype, or so on, wherein someone else would say something along the lines of  "Hey, here's a Blizzard employee - she's Russian and has pink hair, just like Zarya. Meaning they were probably inspired by her and it wasn't pandering.  Odds are, if anyone had the most right to say there was something wrong or offensive here, she would be the first to do so.  But she didn't."

I mean, it might not be any sort of officially-declared "yes, this is who inspired Zarya" message from Metzen-on-high or anything, and just be nothing more dramatic than someone getting a flash of inspiration while passing you in the hallway or something, but there's a lot of folks (and i'm including myself here) who think that, official or not, there's just a bit too much linging up for it to be completely coincidental to have a Russian character with a very distinctive shock of pink hair appear in a game that has a woman with that exact same style, color, and nationality on the employee list.

Either way, congrats on (sort of) getting your face in the game!
FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) 
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi FirstKeeper ! Do you think you know somebody at Blizzard who also works and armor designs ?
I quickly made this and thought it'd be awesome to share this very simple idea, just in case it could happen, even if I have to wait like 2 years :
[WoW] Warlock Shoulderpad T0 HD - Recolors
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