Noupe Editorial Team March 9th, 2020

110 Examples of World of Warcraft Art: How Fans Embraced a Franchise

World of Warcraft art with two nightelfs in a forest

World of Warcraft is one of those games that has left its mark on the last 15 years. When it was announced that the already popular RTS game Warcraft 3 was getting a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) adaptation, little did we know that it was going to change video games forever. The game was a huge success when it was launched in 2004, and since then it has drawn millions of players to its fantastical world. The art of World of Warcraft is one of the (if not the most) most important aspects that made the game so successful.

The ‘world’ in World of Warcraft become many people’s passion and changed their lives. When people are so passionate about something, in this case, the world they play, their characters, the heroes and villains of the franchise, it inspires something spectacular. The need to express their commitment and passion in the form of art.

So, we went out and gathered the best art pieces created by fans and designers over the course of 15 years. There was a lot. Art of the world, iconic characters and most people decided to draw their own characters. We compiled the ones that brought back the most nostalgia to us. Let’s go over the top 110 pieces of World of Warcraft art.

World of Warcraft Art: Player Characters

Now, some people are passionate about their characters. I’m certainly not, as I’ve been constantly switching between what looks cool and feels fun. Some of those people who grew a special bond with their characters also happened to be talented artists. The results haven’t disappointed us, let’s have a look our top picks of World of Warcraft character art:

World of Warcraft Art  Nightelf Male Hunter
This is probably our favorite. A Nightelf Hunter with his owl. It’s simple, but the artwork has something great in it that we can’t put our finger on.
World of Warcraft Art Nightborne Huntress
A Nightborne Huntress with her pet wolf hawk.
World of Warcraft Art Worgen Hunter
Who said Worgens couldn’t be as cool as Night Elves?
World of Warcraft Art Worgen Huntress
If you’re not convinced by the previous image, then this artwork should do the trick.
World of Warcraft Art Nightelf and Human
Two friends enjoying a cool evening in Northrend.
World of Warcraft Art Human Rogue
This is also one of our favorites. A Human Rogue depicted as realistic as World of Warcraft can get. Nothing flashy, but so many great details.
World of Warcraft Art Human Warrior
If you’re looking for something flashy, then this human warrior should win over your heart.
World of Warcraft Art Human Warrior
A Human Deathknight, nothing too special about it but the art style is really unique and a fresh breath.
World of Warcraft Art Night elf demon hunter
A Night Elf demon hunter probably with a name that contains a variation of Illidan.
World of Warcraft Art dwarf shaman
It’s not all elves and humans. Dwarf Shamans are pretty cool too.
World of Warcraft Art Nightelf HUntress
A Night Elf Huntress with her pet spirit beast.
World of Warcraft Art Human Frost Death Knight
Other than Night Elves, Human Deathknights are pretty popular too. But, their popularity seems warranted.
World of Warcraft Art Troll Druid
A Troll Druid channeling the power of nature.
World of Warcraft Art Tauren Warrior with Heritage Armor
A Tauren Warrior in her racial attire.
World of Warcraft Art Night Elf Rogue
A Night Elf Rogue that is probably plotting something sinister.
World of Warcraft Art Blood Elf Demon Hunter
A Blood Elf Demon Hunter
World of Warcraft Art Pandaren Monk with Puny Marmot
A Pandaren Monk taking care of a Puny Marmot!
World of Warcraft Art Pandaren Dk and Vulpera Priest
The pawfect duo of a Pandaren Deathknight and a Vulpera Priest.
World of Warcraft Art Undead Deathknight
An Undead Deathknight in an eerie background.
World of Warcraft Art Undead Priest
An Undead Priest, casting a light spell, which hurts them anytime they use it. Talk about dedication.
World of Warcraft Art Void Elf Priest
A Void Elf Priest, who needs armor when you control the void itself?
World of Warcraft Art Void Elf Mage
A Void Elf Mage
World of Warcraft Art Blood Elf Party
Some artists forge a bond with not only their characters but with their guildmates. This Blood Elf party shows that kind of dedication.
World of Warcraft Art Blood Elf Paladin
A classical portrait of a Blood Elf Paladin
World of Warcraft Art Blood Elf Deathknight
Deathknights are awfully popular, this artwork shows why.
World of Warcraft Art Pandaren Female Monk
A Pandaren Monk, careful she’s blind, not deaf.
World of Warcraft Art Vulpera Art
The newest addition to the game, a Vulpera Male who’s ready to hit the road.
World of Warcraft Art Female Blood Elf Deathknight
A perfect artwork of a Blood Elf Deathknight. Realistic, simple, but well painted.
World of Warcraft Art Nightelf Rogue
A Night Elf Rogue, getting ready for some action.
World of Warcraft Art Undead Shadow Priest
Another take on an Undead Priest
World of Warcraft Art Undead Rogue
An Undead Rogue, nimble and ‘dead’ly. The art style is also quite unique and really well done.
World of Warcraft Art Troll Warrior
A Troll Warrior welcoming you to the jungle.
World of Warcraft Art Worgen Warrior
Not sure which one is scarier, the giant hammer or those long, sharp teeth.
World of Warcraft Art Zandalari Troll
A Zandalari Troll, with his sights on gold. Literally.
World of Warcraft Art Orc Warrior
An Orc Warrior that’s spinning to win.
World of Warcraft Art Orc and Fellstalker
An Orc Warrior handing out justice in Outland.

World of Warcraft Art: Environment

One of the most alluring aspects of World of Warcraft is its incredible environment. Anyone who has played the game has various memories in different maps, some even have favorite spots where they go just for sightseeing. 

World of Warcraft Art Skyhold
An Arakkoan terrace
World of Warcraft Art The Bone Wastes
Where Terrokkar Forest Meets the Bone Wastes.
World of Warcraft Art The Barrens Great Divide
The infamous Barrens after the Cataclysm.
World of Warcraft Art Bladesdge Mountains
Blades Edge Mountains
World of Warcraft Art Borean Thundra
The cliffs at the edge of Borean Thundra, most players haven’t seen it, it’s beautiful.
World of Warcraft Art Dalaran City
One of the most iconic cities in the Warcraft universe. The floating city of Dalaran
World of Warcraft Art Dalaran in the sky
An aerial view of Dalaran
World of Warcraft Art Streets of Dalaran
Streets of Dalaran, just before the famous Pub Crawl
World of Warcraft Art Icecrown Glacier
Hrothgar’s Landing in Icecrown
Beyond the Dark Portal
The other side of the Dark Portal
World of Warcraft Art The Eastern Plaguelands
Eastern Plaguelands
World of Warcraft Art The Firelands
The Firelands, the raid that has one of the best Transmog.
World of Warcraft Art Gilneas
A harbor of Gilneas, too bad we can’t go back there.
World of Warcraft Art Grizzly Hills
The sapling of a world tree growing in the husk of its predecessor.
World of Warcraft Art Howling Fjord
Howling Fjord, our favorite zone hands down.
World of Warcraft Art Oshu'gun
Oshu’gun the spirit mountain where the Orc shamans of old drew their power from.
World of Warcraft Art Mount Hyjal
Mount Hyjal burning after the Firelands collided with it.
World of Warcraft Art Sindragosa's Fall
Sindragosa’s Fall, one of the most iconic views of Icecrown.
World of Warcraft Art Icecrown Citadel
Icecrown Citadel towering over anyone who dares to enter it.
World of Warcraft Art Ironforge
Ironforge, the dwarven capital where you can find the best ale, and finest blacksmiths.
World of Warcraft Art Kaskala
Kaskala, the fishing village of the Kalu’ak
World of Warcraft Art Wyrmrest Temple
Dragonblight under the beautiful northern lights
World of Warcraft Art Kezan
Kezan before it was sunk
World of Warcraft Art Kezan Volcano
Kezan right before it sunk
World of Warcraft Art Pit of Saron
The interior of Icecrown Citadel
World of Warcraft Art The Black Temple
Shadowmoon Valley from the view of the Black Temple
World of Warcraft Art Suramar
The gardens of Suramar
World of Warcraft Art Teldrassil
A Moonwell in Teldrassil. We’ll miss the serenity of this place. Too bad it’s burnt to crisp.
World of Warcraft Art Terrokkar Forrest
Terrokar Forest
World of Warcraft Art The Exodar
The Exodar. Believe it or not, that’s a spaceship.
World of Warcraft Art The Kalu'ak
A Kalu’ak fishing village
World of Warcraft Art The Maelstrom
The Maelstrom
World of Warcraft Art Tol Barad
Tol Barad, it looks awfully empty for a giant prison complex
World of Warcraft Art Twin Peaks
The Twin Peaks Battleground in Twilight Highlands
World of Warcraft Art Ulduar
Ulduar
World of Warcraft Art Nightbane
The roof of Kharazhan, featuring the hidden boss Nightbane
World of Warcraft Art Borean Thundra Zeppelin
A Zeppelin leaving Borean Thundra
World of Warcraft Art dalaran from the sky
The floating city of Dalaran
World of Warcraft Art Ahn'Qiraj
It wouldn’t be Warcraft without any Lovecraftian Horrors. C’thun looming over Ahn’Qiraj
World of Warcraft Art The Broken Shore
The Broken Shore
World of Warcraft Art Booty Bay
Booty Bay the main attraction of Eastern Kingdoms
World of Warcraft Art Terrokar Forest
Terrokkar Forest, serene but deadly
World of Warcraft Art The Dark Portal
The Dark Portal
World of Warcraft Art The Well of Eternity
The Well of Eternity, where everything went wrong
World of Warcraft Art Nazjatar
Nazjatar after it surfaced
World of Warcraft Art Vashir
Vashir, one of the most visually unique zones in World of Warcraft. Interestingly people tend to dislike it.
World of Warcraft Art Teldrassil from afar
Teldrassil, with all of its beauty, before it was burnt
World of Warcraft Art Ashenvale
Ashenvale Forest
World of Warcraft Art Stormwind Harbor
Arriving at the Eastern Kingdoms
World of Warcraft Art The Deadmines
The iconic dungeon Deadmines
World of Warcraft Art Argus
Argus
World of Warcraft Art Moonglade
Inside Teldrassil
World of Warcraft Art Thunderbluff
A realistic take on Thunder Bluff
World of Warcraft Art Orgrimmar
The gates of Orgrimmar

Additional World of Warcraft Art

Now there’s much more to World of Warcraft then player characters and beautiful scenery. The franchise boasts an astonishing number of leaders, NPCs, races, and more. We’ve compiled a couple of them but actually there were many, many more.

World of Warcraft Art Pandaren vs. Zandalari
Pandaren vs. Zandalari
World of Warcraft Art Moroes
The final meal at Karazhan before Moroes guts your entire party
World of Warcraft Art Medivh
Medivh
World of Warcraft Art Maiev
Warden Maiev
World of Warcraft Art Azshara
Lovecraft and Warcraft both have their fair share of tentacles. Queen Azshara with her updated depiction.
World of Warcraft Art Jaina Proudmoore
Jaina Proudmoore, one of the most loved characters in the entire franchise
World of Warcraft Art Tree of Life
A sad, sad little tree. Probably ran out of mana.
World of Warcraft Art Pandaria
Everyone was skeptical about Pandaren joining the game, until they saw this piece of art.
World of Warcraft Art Cairne and Thrall
Thrall and Cairne rescuing cute little Horde babies.
World of Warcraft Art Hakkar the Soulflayer
Hakkar the Soulflayer before he corrupted the entire player base
World of Warcraft Art Anub'Arak
Anub’arak waiting menacingly before getting looted by a random group of players.
World of Warcraft Art Aramar Thorne, Malfurion Stormrage and Tyrande Whisperwind
Tyrande, Malfurion and the star of the Traveler Novels, Aramar Thorne enjoying the view.
World of Warcraft Art Arthas, Thrall, and Varian running in the snow
This is cute
World of Warcraft Art Kvaldir Raider
Please let us play as Kvaldir or make me forget this piece.
World of Warcraft Art Lunara
Lunara, the Daughter of Cenarius
World of Warcraft Art Bwonsamdi
Bwonsamdi, everyone’s favorite Loa until they die in Zandalar and get mocked by him.
World of Warcraft Art Samuro
An Orc Blademaster doesn’t need too much explanation
World of Warcraft Art Traveler
The travelers in the Traveler novel floating through the Thousand Needles
World of Warcraft Art Troll Druid Cat Form
Your domesticated Troll Druid waiting for you to pet it.

We had a great time while compiling this list of our favorite World of Warcraft art. The nostalgia that all the artwork we checked while selecting the very best was quite overwhelming. On top of the nostalgia, what overwhelmed us was the sheer amount of fan art created for the various elf races in the game. People love elves, believe us. We hope you enjoyed going through this list as much as we did.

Also, if you like to get lost in these types of fantastic artworks, you should check out our Dune Art & Demon Stone articles too!

Which artwork was your favorite? If you believe that we have missed your favorite piece, let us know unless it’s an elf.

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