Kids Build Their Own Tiny Worlds Of Warcraft

Last year, World of Warcraft developers Blizzard asked university students to "submit an original 3D environment piece fit for World of Warcraft". Basically, a digital diorama of a new WoW setting.

After compiling entries for a few months, Blizzard has now revealed the Grand Prize winners, who each receive one hell of a prize package. Alongside some Blizzard swag and a 12-month WoW subscription, the top three artists you'll see below also scores "a three month mentorship by a member of the World of Warcraft art team, via email or phone critique of portfolio work".

For a kid trying to break into the business, learning from some of the best can be priceless.

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    Is it just me or do they look like already existing zones?

    Calling university kids just comes across as a little bit condescending to me.

      Ohhh poor precious baby, maybe he should issue a formal apology.

      Heaven forbid something should actually go wrong in your life.

        that you luke?

      U r right b/c they would all be adult/ > 18 yo.

    Is there something i'm not getting here? Encouraging learning students to spend less time studying to draw images about world of warcraft, and then rewarding them by letting them have a whole years worth of world of war craft for free? Illuminati.

      Its obviously aimed at potential concept artists.

      Probably aliens, they want us dumber for when they come and take over!

      If they're drawing World of Warcraft art it's presumable they are probably playing it already and have an interest in doing game concept art as a career, so 12 months free isn't going to change anything. If they aren't already playing, then they are doing it for the other prize of 3 months worth of mentorship. Either way, they get to do what they love and obviously want to be doing as a result of their degree.

      Anyway, the old artist maxim is "Just draw, anytime, anywhere".

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