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Sensei’s Awesome Serndall Concept Art – The Warrior

We were fortunate enough to catch up with John “Sensei” Wilson, the Art Director for The Grand Arena of Serndall, in order to get a peek of how he developed the Orkish Warrior concept art.

When you were coming up with character class concept art pieces, how did you decide on going with what you ended up with? Did you have multiple different ones that you started with and chose this one out of the lot?

You’re giving me too much credit. I knew there needed to be representations of each of the five classes and four races. I had “Ork Warrior” on the brain and went with that.

At that point, the vision was pretty fuzzy about what the art “flavor” was going to be. Did you pull the details out of your head or were there specific influences?

I more or less envisioned the group picture first, and I figured it needed the big brute figure in it. What’s a better big brute than an Ork Warrior? The equipment was more a riff on what I thought an Ork would use than what we would particularly find in Serndall’s Grand Arena. The sword was inspired from the Dragonborn style weaponry found in Dungeons & Dragons.

Well, the armor was too… Although that angular armor style is reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings movies.

Now that the Warrior is in living color and not just a concept, is there anything you would have done differently with the Warrior image?

Probably make the Warrior a bit more barbarian-ish. More Nordic in flavor, and less like a knight. Orks aren’t really known for their finesse, and I can see how the Norse barbarian stereotype would fit better for Serndall’s Orks – especially as a Warrior.

Okay, the last and most important question after seeing the Warrior concept art: What is the Warrior’s name?

Heywood Jablowmee? I don’t know. 😛

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