Welcome to the creative home of the World of Warcraft's most creative players. Our weekly World of WarCrafts feature spotlights player-made art and creativity, including fan art, cooking, comics, cosplay, music, fan fiction and more. See highlights below of our most popular how-to articles for arts and crafts and for cooking, our famous WoW cakes gallery, WoW tattoos plus a selection of our favorite in-depth features on WoW-centric creativity.
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|Piping fresh crafts Yes, that is what you think it is: Thrall, created entirely from fuzzy-wuzzy pipe cleaners. Thrall is one of the latest creations from Toepher, who started out by crafting his own druid character. Since then, the Lich King has also joined the fuzzy family of figures.|
|The WoW Soundtrack Project You don't listen to the game music while you're playing WoW? Really? Maybe it's stopped giving you shivers. Or maybe it's just not atmospheric enough. We have a solution: the WoW Soundtrack Project. WoW-playing composer Jejin (US The Venture Co.-H) is quietly building an entire library of alternative vanilla instance zone soundtracks.|
|Welcome to X-Cross' Deadmines You're bound to have seen the ebullient Welcome to the Deadmines here already, in WoW Moviewatch, spicing up a WoW Rookie article or linked in an enthusiastic reader comment. What you haven't had yet is the chance to meet its talented 17-year-old creator, Swedish machinimist X-Cross, a.k.a. Adrian Drott, or Tìnkle of EU Argent Dawn-A.|
|Meet the creators of Ninja Raiders Talk about an earworm ... "Ninja Raiders," a WoW-flavored take on Beyonce's smash hit "Single Ladies," has inched its way into the brains of WoW fans as one of the catchiest little remakes on the scene. Us? We're simply smitten with the collaborative creative spirit among this group of collaborators. We talked to lyricist Roninhobbit (aka Ryan Myers) and vocalist Ember Isolte for a peek behind the scenes of the hit machinima from Raven Sylphe Productions.|
|Travels Through Azeroth fanfic Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually be in Azeroth? To travel from place to place, staying in inns or with friends and acquaintances, taking in the sights and logging it all down in your journal? Find yourself transported as you see Azeroth and Outland through the eyes of itinerant traveller Destron the mage, as documented in the fan fiction Travels Through Azeroth and Outland. This ongoing, lore-based tale is deep -- deep enough in quantity to have accumulated years' worth of entries, and deep enough in content to be recommended by TVTropes.com.|
|Vedrim's bangin' WoW remixes If your ticket to a heart-pumping raid soundtrack is MrVoletron's WoW-flavored remixes, then you'll undoubtedly be a fan of Vedrim as well. (In point of fact, MrVoletron's a fan, too.) Vedrim's "Bound by Bone" weaves an irresistible combination of original music with Marrowgar's booming in-game commands. You'll never again fight Marrowgar without this song in your head. Follow our interview with Vedrim through the break, where we'll also show you his newest track, "The Maker's Fire."|
|Mixing it up with Mr. Voletron It's only been six months since MrVoletron burst onto the YouTube scene with his exuberantly earworm-ish "XT-002: Bad Toys Remix" remix. Already, he's built a fan base of WoW-playing fans clamoring for the next mix -- and he just keeps on producing. His latest release (posted just three days ago) is "Invincible" (above), a spin on the three-minute piece of the same name released by Blizzard last month. We've got "XT-002: Bad Toys Remix," the hilarious classic "Onyxia Wipe Remix," a sampler of the full-length "Music for Spaceports" (inspired by EVE Online), and an interview with MrVoletron himself.|
|Get Lich or Die Tryin' Just in time for the push into Icecrown Citadel, it's the premiere of a pumping new music video, Get Lich or Die Tryin'. "This track is so ice cold, it's going to be measured in Kelvin," claims creator Adam C. Beamish (aka Althallen of US Executus). "The Lich King isn't alone, either. Flanked by the two baddest emcees in all of Northrend and backed by a room full of zombies, this is the Lich King like you've never seen him before."|
|Sculpting an interest in WoW It's all about making time for what you love to do -- so says Jason Babler, a former WoW player who's nurturing a love for sculpting fantasy and gaming characters, with eye-popping results. It took four months of patient, part-time work to create this troll hunter, based on artwork from Upper Deck. Jason's managed to combine a passion for gaming with a lifelong interest in fantasy, carving out a hobby that he describes as his way to get away from the computer and develop the art skills he's always wanted.|
|The world of papercraft Papercrafting is not the same thing as origami, which is the Japanese art of folding paper into intricate representations, preferably without cutting or glue. Papercrafting, in contrast, is the process of creating scale models from heavy, pre-printed paper or stock. Craftsy types download patterns rated by difficulty from sites such as World of Warcrafts Unofficial Papercrafts. Site manager Pascal was profiled last year by the Blizzard's official European WoW community site. We talked to Pascal recently for a fresh spin on WoW papercrafting.|
|Sweet but not spineless Admit it: You thought murlocs were spineless little critters, didn't you? Take a peek inside our gallery, below, and you'll see that even this sweet little fellow boasts his share of backbone -- literally. World of WarCrafts visited with Bradley Barger (aka Monmanteau of US Stormreaver), one of the winners of this year's WoW Holiday Dessert Contest, for a taste of the inspiration behind his winning creation. What we discovered beneath this little guy's skin (a backbone of steel!) was more spine than we ever expected from a murloc.|
|Cross-faction goblet What happens when you combine an art class degree requirement with a WoW player who's been locked out of the game due to the school's unresolved router issues with Battle.net? For Hurbz of US Sargeras-A, you get "WoW on the brain," plus this classy faction goblet.|
|Getting hammered Here's a type of craft we haven't seen much of before: a hammered metal bowl that simply bellows "For the Horde!" Talk about taking blacksmithing to a whole new level ... We visited with Blazecheetah, the bowl's maker, to find out more about the crafting behind her creation. Her play-by-play on its creation is an intriguing peek behind the scenes, if you've never been exposed to metalcrafting before.|
|The storyteller Tazeria is a well known Alliance rogue who has taken the server by storm through her stories. Using players from the realm, she has written 13 chapters in her story, each one gaining the praise and admiration of those that read. It's become an honor when Tazeria whispers you to ask you questions about how you would picture your character if he/she were real.|
|Father sculpts son's character When Wolfgar of EU Aggramar-H hit the teenage years recently, his dad decided it was time to whip up something special. We'd say he managed quite nicely, wouldn't you? "My son is a huge WoW fan, and as he has turned the dreaded age of 13, I decided to do something unique for him," explains Wolfgar's dad, who goes by the not-so-fatherly in-game moniker Ripyernutzof. "I decided to go with as realistic an interpretation as possible of the subject matter while still keeping the flavour of the original toon."|
|Inside the body of a dragon In the words of one costumed BlizzCon-goer, creating a convention costume represents "a heart-wrenching story of PVC, fabric and hot glue." We suspect Theodorick of Gurubashi-US was being facetious when he described his 2009 BlizzCon cosplay journey thusly, but his comment went deeper than mere humor. What we found beneath the one-liner showed more heart than even Theodorick suspected was within: hard work, passion, persistence, humor, long hours ... You name it, cosplayers pour their hearts into their creations.|
|Aigie's character sketches Who doesn't love original artwork that expresses the essence of your character? We were captivated by the character sketch Elnore of Argent Dawn-US sent us to go with her recent profile in 15 Minutes of Fame. As it turns out, the guildmate behind the artwork has just begun to accumulate a small portfolio of simple sketches.|
|Sounds like a whole new Stratholme In this World of WarCrafts, the "dark and haunting tale" of Stratholme comes alive with a custom audio build from Ashram of Darksorrow (EU). Ashram paid a visit to the burning city, capturing it on video and then setting it to all-new audio -- from spell effects to NPC voicing to birds cawing in the background, all set against an atmospheric soundtrack that injects an eerie edge of desperation to an instance that's become old hat.|
|From Naxx to Pinky Street Is there somewhere in game that feels like home to your character? Reader Asphydel's characters hail from Pinky Street -- literally. Pinky Street is a line of four-inch anime figurines that come with interchangeable parts, allowing you to create trendy, custom figures with your own look. The line encourages customizations, from swapping out parts and accessories to adding entirely new paint jobs.|
|With this necklace, I thee gank This week's artist is a professional jeweler who hails from the United Kingdom. His recent inspiration to combine his profession with his hobby have produced some of the most exquisite World of Warcraft jewelry we've yet seen. Join us behind the scenes for a warm, entertaining conversation with jeweler and WoW fan John Love (aka Amun, Terenas [EU]) of World of Warcraft Gifts.|
The sounds of WoW
We're so glad that music makers and music lovers everywhere are discovering the joys of WoW-related music! Here's a collection of some of the latest musical projects created by fans of World of Warcraft:
- WoW Radio, run by Privacy of Aman'Thul (US), spins listening music for your WoW sessions.
- Azeroth United unites a number of WoW-ific musicians and machinimists to turn out WoW-ific rap parodies.
- Two Oozes, One Room serves up a humorous remix of several characters you love to hate.
- All the Cool Parts #8 brings in guest Randy Jordan (The Instance) for an in-depth discussion of WoW's moving classical music.
- Visit this World of WarCrafts post for two entirely -- and we do mean entirely -- different musical takes on Azeroth.
- We're frankly surprised that more WoW Insider readers aren't familiar with the term "filking," since filk is music with a science fiction or fantasy theme (or more broadly, a musical culture, genre and community tied to sci-fi/fantasy fandom). Most filk falls into the acoustic folk music genre, but some filkers prefer rock, a cappella or other styles. Parody is popular among filkers -- and it's how this week's featured WoWCrafter, Kevin of Rad Bear Music, got his start making music about WoW.
- Third-place winner of this year's Original Song Contest at BlizzCon, Jamie Brown, composed, performed and recorded "The Tale of Pally Pete" completely solo -- well, except for a little help on the lyrics from his kids. We chatted with Jamie a little to find out what goes into a BlizzCon winning original.
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