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Ner'zhul by Vaejoun Ner'zhul by Vaejoun
Why are there barely any paintings of one of the most interesting characters in the whole Warcraft universe ? The shaman warchief Ner'zhul.

Based on the concept design by Metzen from the first Art of Warcraft book.

Starting with a pencil drawing and coloring in ps.
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Badass!
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:iconpontob:
Pontob Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite warlord.
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Cool
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Zanderax1127 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kuz, he's lich king now,
ey why dont you do a before and after pic,
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:icondisilveira:
DiSilveira Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Demais
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LaCabezaDelCastor Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Epic! Cheers!
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
excellent
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Arexsis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome stuff, but idk if this is Chris Metzen's fault or yours but he wouldn't have that horde symbol on him.

you see Ner'Zhul would not be sporting the third war banner, considering his death and accession to the lich king was prior to the third war, so he would have if anything sported this symbol

teddieboi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/orc3.jpg

Unless I'm completely off my rocker...

Just a minor thing, it's hardly anything to really complain about

again A+ work.
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FiresideProperty Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, considering he's was one of the most important figures in Warcraft, he gets the shaft quite often in the art and lore department. Especially the whole fading away bit.
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Wulfgnar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It is awesome.
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:iconignaeus:
Ignaeus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Truly amazing work!
However, I don't think Ner'zhul looked that badass by the time he became a necromancer/warlock.
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bobthecrop Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Now this is plain awesome
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Heavenslight180 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Completely stunning,great job ;]
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hellou4 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Fuuuuck, that's awesome...
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landser420 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
or black hand.
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wasnt the Blackhand founded by Gul'dan?
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landser420 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
no "blackhand the destroyer" founded the black rock clan and leader of the horde!....A Raider of the Sythegore Arm, and one of the most respected warriors in the Horde, Blackhand became the renowned chieftain of the powerful Blackrock clan on Draenor. Known as a tactical genius and a ruthless dictator who demanded respect from his warriors, his ego and lust for power made him very easy to manipulate — a fact which Gul'dan discovered very quickly. Through political manipulation and by stoking the embers of Blackhand's ego, Gul'dan was able to convince the Blackrock chieftain that he was a respected equal in the warlock's dark scheme, both the public leader of the Horde and a member of the secret Shadow Council; he was in fact merely a means to an end for the evil warlock.
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Lejinad Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Awesome
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iancjw Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant!
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:iconsilentsteel:
silentsteel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
I've got goosebumps!
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TMirai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, your color work is amazing! I love the lighting effects and the red of the Horde symbol against all of those greens, yellows, and blues. Fabulous work!
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Saltheria Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh hi, first Lich King!
I totally love the way you painted him. Very atmospheric, and I dig the lighting and glow.
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LaughingMusicalNote Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That is one kick ass dude. o.O
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42-Mystical-rox-4eva Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow!!! amazing :3
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unleashthegeek Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ner'zhul is such a sad character. He deserves so much more attention than he's been given, you're very right.

Gorgeous piece, by the way. That horde symbol stands out so brightly, and the emanations from the hands are fantastic.
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jaz-lyn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
All I know about this guy is that one of the Undead Heros in Warcraft 3 says "By Ner'zhul!" when you tell him to go places. Her that so much it's ingrained in my memory lol.

But, despite my ignorance, this looks awesome!
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He is better known as the Lichking today ;)
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Great work!
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Noneednogreed Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, you should follow up with Gul'dan =O
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am working on Doomhammer, but I want to paint Guldan too.
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ScarletDesires Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome!!!
I just love the whole pic and the atmosphere is just powerful!
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RosasFantastica Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
"My life for Ner'zhul..."

Splendid! I always wondered what the Lich King looked like when he was still an orc.
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natafka Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well done!
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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Da-TeRMi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
The lich king before he was the lich king, there should be more art of him, great job.
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Right. Starting as a Shaman, becoming more of a warclock, becoming part demon/ undead, becoming human... What a history. ^^
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I would hire him for any job... he is pretty adaptable XDD
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pandanomium Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011   Digital Artist
very cool!
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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Onurahi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Magnificent!!! Awwsome!!!
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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bruubske Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nice :p
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thx
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rogalik7k Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Perfect!
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldnt say perfect, but thanks XD
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