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Ghostmane by SamwiseDidier Ghostmane by SamwiseDidier
A proof of concept piece for a side project called "The Last Winter". It was done in 2012. Sorry for the delay my friends.
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Given 2014-07-24
A very interesting character and story concept. Overall brilliantly executed and incredibly detailed.
Ghostmane by SamwiseDidier ( Suggested by Ginryuzaki and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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DocWeltox Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  New Deviant
Great pic ! :o
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Hunnington Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Oh, this looks amazing! Especially like the fire guy on the right with his smooth black steel face, that just looks badass.
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notpuffen Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
 
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notpuffen Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is sick. Your art is amazing, I'm a huge fan, I mean you created illidan, undoubtedly the coolest character ever made, for any game ever. how much do you work on the skins for heroes? are there any you have made? Can't wait to see more of your work.
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional
I did have help. Metz came up with the story ;) He is my creative partner and even though we are on separate teams now, there is very few that are his equal.
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TheMinstrelChild Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I have no words to describe how I enjoy from your work, this incredibly beautiful piece included... Thank you, master, for all that pieces of soul of yours that you have shared (And will share) with us.
I allowed myself the freedom to share this work in a humble journal. I hope you don't mind. :)
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional
Thank you for the kind words. I know people enjoy my Blizzard art but it is especially nice to hear when someone likes my personal work just as much. Much appreciated.
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TheMinstrelChild Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Oh, I do enjoy a lot with your Blizzard art, no doubt, but your personal one has... don't know how to explain it, a different "magic". I'm not professional so I can't opine, but I love to doodle... and when there is no more limits and/or restrains to your imagination and creativity that the ones you put to yourself, then we can say those personal works contains an important part of your own being. They are YOU more than ever, if it makes sense. (I'm not a native speaker so I hope I'm not writing a total non-sense here. It's hard to explain in a foreign language. ;))
So yes, I love your personal work...
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional
I understand you completely. Thank you again for the love.

Art wise, people sometimes think an Art Director gets to do whatever they want. Totally not the case. With Blizz work, there is a history, lore, fanbase, etc. that has to be considered with every piece of art I/we do. We want evolution but di bit want to deviate too much from what we have established. It would not be respectfull to the worlds we've created or to the fans of the lore and art. We had done pretty well with this I believe. Some will disagree.

With my own art, it is completely my own call and I create whatever makes me happy. Eventually if/when my stories and art get more of a fan base I will need to do the same thing. But then I will always be creating new properties so I will always have a pristine paper/screen to create on.
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danisjarofstars Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! :D
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TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful :)
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional
Thanks! I dig your Astrid character. Really pretty girl.
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TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot mate :D she was heavily inspired by my beautiful norwegian gf, my fav RL viking shieldmaiden :D
also we've just started venturing into Draenor now :D thanks for all the beautiful work you did all these years :D
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional
You are welcome. I hope you and your maiden many glorious adventures.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Epic
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TomWalkerstark Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is mad. I freehand copied some of your work in lead pencil on my account haha for admiration/practice purposes. You art style is definitely an inspiration to me. 
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional
Very cool man! I see Kael'thas and the orc grunt. Cool!
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TomWalkerstark Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You the man Sam!
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Panperkin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Wow awesome work ! I am a huge fan of you since I see your Lothar concept in the warcraft 2 manual... something like 40 years ago right ? I was here when the Sons of the Storm were born and now here when you born on deviant art !
Well, it would be great to see this kind of stuff on your art print website... 14 pages of awesome art here, and only 15-20 pictures available to print ? WHY ? WHY ?????

PS : FTH !!!
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional
The only prints I can sell are images I have done for Blizzard as a freelance artist. Stuff I do on the side, outside of my normal day job at Blizz. So it is only the art for TCGs and other things outside of Blizz that I can make prints of. And I think I did the Lothar pic 50 years ago. : )
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noodleli Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional
Thanks. You've got some great stuff as well.
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YanmoZhang Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fire and Ice... always like this kind of color vibe. Epic!
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peterconcept Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE it So much!!
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MihaiRadu Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Seeing new stuff from you reminds me of the days when I was discovering drawing, and how much of a punch your images packed each time I saw a new one. Back then, I had no access to internet, just some monthly gaming mags, and each time, I hoped to find inside an article of a Blizz game with artwork attached. Today it's a bit different because of all the visual information we have access to, and it kinda dilutes the effect of each image in particular.

But I'm glad I caught those times too, they brought a lot of inspiration to my childhood. The kid back then would never believe me if I time travelled to tell him how many cool things he'll have access too, and that he'll casually write messages to Samwise like it ain't no thang, haha.
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional
Ha, thanks for the kind words. Yeah, I too remember finding rare or previously unseen art or music from my favorite artists and bands. Now it is all at our fingertips. Only downside is we lost some of the feeling upon discovering a random bootleg album or archaic art book at some obscure store. A small price to pay but still miss that feeling too.
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yig Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit!
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Spartacus10 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be cooler if there were pandyr instead of pandaren.
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Ha ha thanks. Maybe one day!
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BlackHeresy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning!!! :) :clap:
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Thank you! Your words are much appreciated.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much! It is nice to know that others like my personal art as well.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
It's my pleasure! :)

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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
cool!
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional
Thank you mucho!
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Auginator Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
looks awesome.
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Thank ya, thank ya.
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Chaoswolfstone Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool, I lie the ice
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Thank you much! It was fun drawing it!
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Chaoswolfstone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome, it is good that you had fun drawing it.
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scaryren Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
epic
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Arigato!
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hsherran Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Love the contrast in this piece. Really makes me curious of this project. :D
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Thank you much.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Thank you much. I was quite surprised by this.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations in hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/07/d…
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SamwiseDidier Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional
Thank you much!
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