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Guild Wars 2 Sylvari Prototype by haikai13 Guild Wars 2 Sylvari Prototype by haikai13
The Sylvari were easily the most problematic of all races in Guild Wars 2. Everyone seemed to have their own ideas as to what they should look like. I was part of a team of artists to create this prototype of the Sylvari in a different style. This was one of the projects I was most proud of during my time at ArenaNet even though I knew from the start that it had almost zero chance of going through. It was a lot of hard work for seemingly nothing, but well worth it for me.

I can only take partial credit for this. Although I established the initial take on the model, our concept artist, Hyojin Ahn ([link]), did most of the hard work finalizing the face and body after we showed him the ropes on how to use the 3d software. I learned a great deal working with him about just how much you can, and SHOULD, push your model to be the best it can be.

I made the armor as well as a variety of poses and additional modeling support. Danny Yeo ([link]) made the hair, and my brother, Donald Phan ([link]), rigged the model in addition to helping with a lot of the technical issues (we even had this character running around in the game at one point!). Hongman Leung also helped out by animating this pose- it was really cute, but you'll have to use your imaginations for it!

The image seen here was rendered with Marmoset Toolbag ([link]).
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Saiiza Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If they looked like this, I would of played a Sylvari in a heartbeak but I'm not fond of the final designs for this race.
Weblawless Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I don't care! I want to play that adorable thing!
Tbh, that armor would totally fit though. I want it.
SaintlyPants Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
I think they should have used this style! One of Guild Wars main draws was it's pretty girls, imo. Just look at the box art of the first games and you know what i mean.

Now ANET complains about people playing humans too much, but I think that's because the other races just aren't cute enough ;)
yuumisempai Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Its perfekt *-*
DoggySpew Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Yours might not been used in the end, but I do think that the clothing went the right way toward the final product.
Kyruto-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sylvari is such a beautiful race to play as <:
Usagi-dono Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I think she looks amazing but simply doesn't fit with the rest of the game. Looks more like something from a game like Perfect World (asian style rich color contrast environment)
iRawred Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Oh my god, are there any other prototypes?
haikai13 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you look at some of the earlier trailers of Guild Wars 2 you can see the initial version of the Sylvari.  They were kind of like yellow-skinned elves.  The prototype I worked on came after this, but before the version that exists in the game today.  There were also a lot of other concepts and ideas for them, but none that really made it to the modeling stage.
shallon444 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I love this so much, cute! 
Wish it was in the game. 
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