The venerable Tauren race is the latest subject on the World of Warcraft community site and is detailed in great depth in Artcraft, a look at the new models coming in the Warlords of Draenor expansion due out later this year. The new model keeps many of the basic animations of the old but features a smoother appearance and facial expressions.
Before we even started animating him, we already knew the Tauren was going to be a blast to work on based on all of the detail the character art team added.
As we begin applying animations, we’re extra careful not to stray too far from the original. It’s important to us to retain the essence of the original animations, because how a characters walk, move, and carry themselves help to define their personality. We use all of the original animations as a starting point, and then go through the process of cleaning them up and adding additional articulation. Let’s delve into what that process looks like.
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