My first piece of Starcraft fan art... and of course it's a pretty boy!
This is Valerian Mengsk, crown prince of the Terran Dominion and one of the new characters you meet in Starcraft 2 - Wings of Liberty. I actually liked this arrogant, scheming princeling a lot, and I hope he'll keep playing a role in 'Heart of the Swarm' and 'Legacy of the Void'.
This is my first huge effort to combine painting and 3D techniques for an artwork, and I think it's not too bad for a first try. I used an a-ma-zing piece of conceptual art of Valerian as reference for his pose and outfit to paint him in Photoshop and added all the other characters using Carrara. I also decided to invent his own personal guard, wearing special armour and the Mengsk family crest so that they are easily recognisable.
There's no sign of them in the Starcraft lore so far, but come on - a guy who wears such an outfit would totally love to have his own troop of elite guards, so here we go!
Valerian, I absolutely adore your character - but your outfit completely ruined my arm! Tools of the Trade
Photoshop CS5 Ext, Carrara 8 Pro