Marie Lazar got the chance to step into the shoes of a Blizzard Entertainment intern last summer -- and there's still a chance that you could, too. The deadline for this year's Blizzard student art contest
is next week. If you're an aspiring 3D artist, get your portfolios in by Jan. 15 for a shot at a three-month mentorship at Blizzard under the wing of a member of the WoW
art team, plus a one-year subscription to WoW
and some delicious WoW
memorabilia and goodies.
You'd best be up for a stiff challenge, though, because this is no mere fan art contest
. You'll face artists the likes of last year's winners Jessica Dinh
, Peter K. Lee
-- and the subject of this week's interview, the detail-oriented Marie Lazar.
"It's all about the details," said WoW
lead environment artist Gary Platner of Marie's work. "When we create art for WoW
, we have to follow some rules. Pieces must have hand painted textures that match our unique art style and they must tell a story. Marie's work does this very well! And, if you look close enough, some great details come through. It's a library of the afterlife floating on an island in the sky! There are book references everywhere, books lying around, book grave stones, even the roof is made to look like an open book. All of us could look at this piece and come up with a great story."
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