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Guardian by Changinghand Guardian by Changinghand
Short nightly drawing based on the GW2 Guardian class and the Sylvari (humanoid-plant) race.
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rehpotsirhic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Wow, absolutely stunning. This fits in with the aesthetic of the GW2 concept art perfectly.

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synner Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its an interesting combination, a Sylvari Guardian. Not the kind of thing one expects a Sylvari to be at all ,but it works awwesomely, and I kidn of feel like you've made the armor fit the Sylvari theme too which is awesome :)
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Guardian seemed to be the best profession choice for my Sylvari character. I guess it's the idea that I see Guardians as a kind of "white knight" type of class. Seemed a bit fitting for a Sylvari since they're supposed to be pure/innocent.

Though I like the idea that the melee profession gives her a bit of an attitude. Also that I see her not being nearly as naive or childlike as other Sylvari.
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synner Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thats fair enough. I can see your connection there, It just probably wouldn't have occurred to me to see a Sylvari carrying plate armor and heavy melee weapons haha. I suppose there's no reason why not! :D
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the whole "Sylvari wearing platemail" thing didn't compute in my head either. Since this was technically my first draft of the character, her armor/weapon turned more into bark/thorns in the other piece.
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synner Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah solid bark and thorns makes heaps more sense. I love that idea actually. Well conceived :D
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synner Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant work there. I love seeing all the amazing gw2 fan art that's coming out. I would live to contribute some of my own sometime but I just don't have time.
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, be sure to check out my newer GW2 related works since this one is really old and kind of "meh". Have fun in the Beta tomorrow.
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synner Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the heads up, I'll check them out now! Oh, and don't worry I had an awesome time. I hope you did too! What characters are you playing? I'm trying a Charr Theif, a Human Necro and a Norn Guardian :)
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
At the moment, I'm pretty much set on: Human Warrior & Thief, Sylvari Guardian, Charr Necro, Asuran Engineer, Norn Ranger.
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synner Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sylvari Guardian is a very interesting choice, as they're not a combination I'd have thought to go with. Of course it doesn't affect stats at all obviously but just in terms of the theme I guess. I'm intrigued by necromancers in every race - I suppose I love the aesthetic, and playing as a AoE condition dealer has been quite fun too. Charr thief is another class that interests me, but I'm playing it already and I'm not too good at it I must admit. I love the idea of the Sylvari Nightmare Court so I really hope that becomes a playable story line and I can play that as either a Mesmer or Necromancer. That'd really make my day - though, looking at how all the other playable classes so far have had an evil NPC version (Flame Legion, Bandits and Sons of Svanir) so I would bet money that Nightmare Court is the Sylvari's evil NPC twin.
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Maidaligra Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
why does it have horns?
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Changinghand Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Because back when I drew this, I just rushed through it without really thinking through her design. That's why I redesigned her to make her more plant-like.
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Maidaligra Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
yeah just came here tanks to re design cant await beta wekand 2 :D
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Changinghand Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, same here. Dying to play again.
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Maidaligra Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
yeah its was a sugercube inside a suger cube !!!
and the comunity was so nice hope thay keep like that vor some long time :D
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Changinghand Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
The developers are pretty trusting to put in the downed-state in the game. Was pleasantly surprised that everyone was so eager to help and get you back on your feet if you were down.
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Maidaligra Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
yeah that i mean :P
hope that keeps up
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Danielsfcarlos Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Beautiful.
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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Trust5-8 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student
Wow! This is brilliant work! :D
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Ocean-Djinn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
How do you do stuff like this? I'm trying to learn how to paint like this but I have no clue how to begin.
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Ocean-Djinn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
That is out standing! I don't know how many people have thought of Sylvarri, but I didn't even consider this when I was reading about the Guardian. I just wish I could make stuff like this, then I could turn my sketch of a female Charr ranger into a real picture.
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
This was made for a thread over the on the GW2 board where there's a weekly "challenge" to draw a certain topic. To be honest, before I saw that thread, I never really gave the Sylvari much thought either. But I had a ton of fun drawing that picture and am actually looking forward to seeing the new design of that race.

As for your Charr sketch, I'd say just start drawing and just have fun from there. Hardest part is just getting something down on paper.
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Ocean-Djinn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
got the picture all sketched out, just need to either paint it or do digital lines and color
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Devdarion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so....amazing! Great coloring !
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it.
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imperfectshaun Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
This is amazing!
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alana-m Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, yeah. Considering I kinda love the Sylvari, this is totally awesome :D
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DeathByAnArrow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks so great :D (incase I didn't comment on it in your thread)
I love how sharp the edges and the shine are.
I also really like the hair; the blurry/smeary/blendy ness of the colours work really well, even if hair is usually the exact opposite O;

Usually I wouldn't think blood red haired sylvari's would look good, but this deffinatly worked well.
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I picked the colors to match how vibrant and sometimes ridiculous some plants can be. Most people automatically choose a green tone for Sylvari hair color, so I wanted to do something different.
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DeathByAnArrow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm... interesting.
I can deffinatly see what you mean, and I suppose to red works best because of all the green around it. Probably something I'd never think of D;
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adazu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous! :D :heart:
I love the motion and the colours, so very atmospheric!
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Tzu. I still want to get around to drawing your char for Action Fighter one of these days.
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adazu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no rush, but I would probably explode from happiness if you did/when you do. :woohoo:
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hopefully I can get it done sometime this semester since I had to drop one of my classes. That should open up a good amount of free time for me.
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ThistleXandra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
this looks so cool... like something you'd expect as official GW2 concept art :)
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Thistle, I definitely had that look in my mind when doing this.
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darklightningshadow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing.
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Writer
Epic :D Ya know, they haven't shown much of the sylavri in the class videos, have they? This is an absolutely amazing pic, Changing ^^ Your art is amazing and really fits the style of GW2 so well :D (I totally want to hang with ya in the game when it comes out... XD; ) Keep up the great work, and awesome job with your vision of a Sylvari Guardian! ^^
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't think the Sylvari have appeared at all since the re-work they were doing. But they're supposedly done now, so hopefully we start seeing them in demos and other prof. releases.

And thanks for the feedback. You'll definitely be seeing me in game once GW2 comes out.
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Writer
Yeah, I actually don't think they did at all. I just saw them in the MMO Manifest they released and that was it. Have we seen much of the Norn, either?

:P Heheh, and you will be seeing me as well. XD I just wonder how the realm system works... [or the character limit on guild names, I'm going to rename the one I inherited and now have lead for a year or two XD;]
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Changinghand Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
The most Norn pics I've seen are just from in-game screenshots. Not sure if there's any real solid gameplay videos with the Norn.
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Writer
Yeah, I really don't think there are either... I did see that article that shows a few shots of the Norn starter area though... although I mostly read it for the little bit they included in there about Winds of Change for Cantha. Going to be quite awesome :D
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darklightningshadow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
They're still in the process of reworking the sylvari :3
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Writer
I've heard, which makes me curious as to what the reworked versions will look like :D
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darklightningshadow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have no doubt that Anet will do a great job on them :)
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Writer
Indeed. XD ArenaNet has done quite an awesome job with some races. I wish the Kodan would be playable, but I love the lore given for them
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darklightningshadow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe Kodan will become available later on. They've hinted so much that there will be more races added on later :iconimveryhappyplz:
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Writer
Really? They have? I haven't heard much about new races being added, honestly >>; Or maybe I just don't scour enough for articles XD;
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