Above you can see the inital sketches for Sir Annoy-O, from first concept at the top to the approved design at the bottom. The setting for the artwork was to be Stormwinid, so my first idea was to have Annoy-O dressed up in a collection of Stormwind and Alliance gear. Like he’d raided the Stormwind souvenir shop. This was judged insufficiently annoying and, looking back, the pose is quite static; he’s just standing there.
One of the original Annoy-o-tron’s signatures are his horn and bell. He’s a noisy devil. So the next step was to consider options to give Sir Annoy-O improved noise making capabilities. What is the most annoying nusical instrument? Bagpipes, of course. I really liked the idea of giving the Annoy-Os Scottish heritage but this too failed to acheive a satisfactory level of annoyance.
I had the idea to try and work in a squeaky hammer, a call out to the preferred weapon of his newly adopted paladin brothers and sisters, and while drawing that in had the idea of adding a marching drum. Then everything just fell into place, the drum head to show off the smiley face from the original Annoyotron and the one man band feel of the design suits the Annoy-O vibe perfectly. That design was approved and was worked up to the final art with no significant changes, other than the addition of some extra honkers on the side of the drum.
If you want to play with Sir Annoy-O, he’s available along with a pack bundle during the Hallow’s End event which runs until the end of October.
If you’d like to know more about the Annoy-Os, I recently conducted an interview with Variety on their history which you can find here - https://variety.com/2018/gaming/features/sir-annoy-o-art-history-design-matt-dixon-1202975338/