blizzcon-contest-2014Blizzard has posted a cool video showing the Blizzard HQ visit for the fan artist who won last year’s Blizzcon art contest. He’s a Russian named Andrey Kuzinskiy and the visit looks amazing, as he enjoys the art gallery, tours the facility, and gets some face time with many Blizzard and Diablo team artists, plus a meeting with Mike Morhaime.

    Last year artisans from around the world rallied the tools of their trade to portray the heroes of Sanctuary or Malthael preparing for the coming conflict in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ Fan Art Contest. When the dust settled, “New Evil” by Andrey Kuzinskiy (Kuzinskiy) was declared the grand prize winner, and in the months thereafter, Andrey received his prize package, as well as a once in a lifetime reward for his efforts: an action-packed trip all the way from Russia to Blizzard HQ to meet the artists and developers that inspired him.

    Click though to see his piece and the 2nd and 3rd placers, plus the judge’s comments Blizzard offered on them from the judging. These and hundreds of other great efforts can be seen in our comprehensive Diablo 3 fan art gallery.

    Quotes from our contest winners post from last year:

    First Place:
    “New Evil” by Kuzinskiy Andrey (Kuzinskiy)

    Judge’s comments: The composition of this piece powerfully illustrates the strength of the Barbarian, at the same time the execution of the lighting and mood really sets this piece apart!

    Every little detail cleverly tells a story, while focusing on the epic quest the Barbarian is about to embark upon!

    Second Place:
    “Among the Dead” by TheRafa

    Judge’s comments: This piece has such a strong overall visual impact and mood, and strikingly captures the cusp of an epic battle about to be waged between the forces of good versus evil!

    Both the composition and focal area give this piece such presence!

    Third Place:
    “Fist of Conviction” by Yong Jun Cho (Nixell)

    Judge’s comments: This painting really gives such a powerful sense of the Monk’s history and character.

    The lighting is beautifully executed and reinforces the focal area to capture a moment in time, with so many great little design touches throughout!

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