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Growing up on Azeroth by weremagnus Growing up on Azeroth by weremagnus
So I got home tonight and somehow this happened? I experienced a crazy wave of nostalgia for my favorite game and felt utterly compelled to illustrate the importance Warcraft has had on my life.

Short version: I became enTHRALLed (hohoho) with the Warcraft universe around the age of 10 and have been totally absorbed in its story every since.
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Long version:
A lot of pop culture obviously influences all of us as kids. My obvious top contenders are The Lion King and Star Wars, and right there along side them is Warcraft.

I moved from a large, rural area with a lot of space to play, to a city/suburb when I was 10. I think finding Warcraft and the stories within helped replace the wide open space I used my imagination in prior to, so I latched onto it and went crazy.

My love for the game carried on past the Warcraft 2 phase, I've been an avid fan of every title released since.
It is a big factor in why I became an artist, in the type of subject manner I create, and my interest in storytelling to name a few!

a few fun commentary notes:
* I used to pretend I was the Dragon Roost when I was being Alextraza
* We had a trunk in our basement that I perched ontop of to reenact this illustration, despite it being a gryphon and not Deathwing.
The orc banners/symbols I was so obsessed with: 1 2
* I really really really loved Deathwing
* My persona, Magnus, came about in large part due to Warcraft. My first drawing of Magnus has her titled as a dragon from Draenor!
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ArtDrudge Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful, and awesome! I love it!
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kozispoon Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This. Is. Adorable. I cannot get over how wonderful and fluid your poses are, like 10yr old you bouncing on the sofa. I especially dig the birds eye view of you doodling in your sketchbooks. What a great little peek into the 'good old days'. I sure hope you get a twinge of nostalgia again!
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Sake906 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's a very cute story, I too was fascinated by the franchise back in the Warcraft III days (though that was a bit later)
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DeathDragon13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so cute and awesome.
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SteinWill Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww oh god this story is just so adorable, :aww: I must say I see myself alot in this story sicne I loved the orcs as well from the start, and I only watched brother play the game, never playing it myself
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fakebny123 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
zug zug!
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starchart Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Darn, right in the feels.;; And super cute too! Its really cool to see humble beginnings and how its influenced you as an artist.
Also MS-DOS haha, can't forget that! :thumbsup:
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nyemi Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think I can understand there. Also, when it comes to the Warcraft, it was the first time when i realized how good does mane look on dragons. I remember studying that tiny pixelated icon of dragon unit. Oh, memories.
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Furrama Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Digital Artist
Well... this is adorable. Not much to add, just... dawwwww.

So, Magnus was originally a black dragon/possible netherdrake?
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HBmuttcicle Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
HEY SO YOU ROCK?


I wish I was this cool as a tot haha
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