New Female Tauren Model Revealed
In the latest segment of Artcraft, Chris Robinson, senior art director for World of Warcraft, shows off the new Tauren female character model.
Robinson said that the Tauren female body had many obstacles to overcome due to the previous models’ overuse of geometry and stretched-out textures. The newer body has a distinctly more feminine look to it, as far as you can make cows can look feminine anyway.
The original female Tauren had a lot of issues with too-angular geometry and stretched-out textures. It’s not her fault—it’s just what we had available to us at the time. Our new process has allowed us to add a lot of detail to her hair, fur, horns, and hooves, to build a far more detailed and expressive face, and to add a lot of definition to her musculature (while retaining her shape and silhouette).
It was also mentioned that World of Warcraft characters are known for longer than normal arms, hands a feet and the female Tauren was simply out of control. The newer model brings those portions of the body more in-line with the rest of the character features.
So far so good on these new character model updates. You can only do so much in graphic improvements with a 10 year old engine and Blizzard is showing us why most consider their art team to be the best in the business.