Garrosh is a deeper character than he gets credit for: Thrall is actually the one to blame for a lot of what Garrosh has done. Garrosh is trying to be like his father, but the problem is Thrall has only told Garrosh about one side of his father; the hero who died to save his people from a curse. He totally ignores the fact that while under the curse Grom was a bloodthirsty monster who wreaked havoc on the Alliance. So with all his war mongering, Garrosh is just trying to imitate his father, because he thinks that is how a hero and leader acts.
One of my favorite pieces. I love this artwork in the Shattering's hardback version and I loved the actual scene in the book. You illustrated it perfectly. The textures, the colors, the tone--it's all wonderful. You are one of my favorite illustrators and this is some great work!
Ive not read The Shattering but I really like this. Garrosh's face is full of awe of his fathers axe, the axe that freed ALL orcs on Azeroth from the blood curse. With his hand on Garrosh's shoulder I'd imagine that Thrall would be saying something along the lines of: "Lok'Tar Garrosh. This is Gorehowl, Weapon of Grommash Hellscream, Ender of the blood curse. With it, may you do great deeds in life and earn your place among the Lok'vadnod in death."