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Blizzard Entertainment Student Art Contests 2017 *Updated 1/29

Blizzard Entertainment Student Art Contests 2017 *Updated 1/29

*Updated 1/29- The deadline for the Student Art Contest has been extended to 1/31 and the the submission page is available once more. 

Students, get ready to show off your talents: The Student Art Contest has returned with additional categories!

Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams are proud to present the seventh annual Blizzard Student Art Contest! We’re calling on college and university students to submit original artwork or animations that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft.

Show us something we’ve never seen before but that still fits within World of Warcraft. You can see previous winning submissions here.

Online submission forms available on our contests page as of October 15th and entries will be received up to 11:59 PM PST January 28, 2018.

Prizes

Four Grand prize winners from each category will be chosen by the World of Warcraft art team, and will receive the following epic prizes*:

  • A tour of Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, CA with 2 hours’ mentorship with a senior artist
  • 2-hour face to face mentorship session with a Senior Blizzard Artist
  • A one-year subscription to World of Warcraft
  • A Blizzard Entertainment notebook (featuring an original sketch by a Blizzard artist)
  • A Blizzard T-shirt
  • One (1) Wacom Cintiq 22HD

*Blizzard reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize

Please note that only current US and Canadian college and university students are eligible to win. Residents of North Dakota, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, and Quebec are not eligible to participate.

Learn more information on student programs at Blizzard, visit the careers page.

Good luck to all!


Environment Art Contest

Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, create a small environment diorama that would fit well in the game world. Your quest: Concept, model, and texture an environment piece that you could imagine stumbling upon during your travels across Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, Northrend, Pandaria, the Broken Isles, or Argus.

Required elements are trees, rocks, grass, and props, plus a small structure (such as a shrine).

Your final piece should have a structure similar to the example provided below. We're looking for lower poly-count models (e.g.: around 1,500 polys for a mature sized tree), so keep that in mind when creating your environment.

The final submission should be a high resolution JPEG file no larger than 5MB.

Read the complete contest rules then submit your entry here


Character Art Contest

Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, concept, model, and texture a non-player character (NPC) or creature that you could imagine roaming the plains of Durotar, exploring the depths of Deepholm, or just sitting in the Pig and Whistle Tavern knocking back a mug o’ Thistle Tea.

Required elements are the character or creature, along with some sort of clothing or armor. Feel free to go further by adding weapons or other accessories.

The final piece should have a structure similar to the example provided below. Stay within a budget of 6,000 polys with one 1024x1024 texture for the finished character.

The final submission should be a high resolution JPEG file no larger than 5MB.

Read the complete contest rules then submit your entry here.


FX Contest

Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, create a player ability that could be added to the kit of one of our existing classes. You could conjure up anything from the power of the void for a massive flying ball of death, call upon the elements of nature to ensnare an entire mob, or wield the power of the Light to rip a giant fissure through the ground.
Required elements: 

  • Buildup of the ability, impact of the ability, and the aftermath. 
  • Feel free to go further by adding characters, creatures, props, or other 3d assets if needed.
  • No frame length required.
  • Submit a movie file (format can vary) as your final submission.

Read the complete contest rules then submit your entry here. The final piece should have a structure similar to this example.


Animation Contest

Using your creativity and ability to work within the World of Warcraft art style, create a unique combat animation from one of the three choices listed. Imagine entering a dungeon and battling against the Lich King and his undead army or traveling deep beneath the Firelands to take down Ragnaros. 

Required elements: 

  • Weapon (rig) of your choice, can be a character or creature. 
  • Feel free to go further by adding weapons, additional characters/creatures, or other accessories. 
  • Provide video(s) from 3 different angles: side view, back view (player view), 3 quarter view. 
  • Must be animated at 30 fps and set to meters.
  • No frame length required.
  • No motion blur or camera movement.
  • Submit a movie file (format can vary) as your final submission.

Animation Choices: Please choose one

  1. Two hit (combo) attack
    • Must start and finish in the same pose.
    • Model can end away from starting area if need be.
  2. Weapon spell attack
    • Must start and finish in the same pose.
    • Should include a charge up/precast and release/spell cast.
    • Model can end away from starting area if need be.
  3. Summon and transition
    • Example: Emerging from the ground or entering a room.
    • Should transition into a passive or combat stance.
    • Should have lots of personality.

Read the complete contest rules then submit your entry here. The final piece should have a structure similar to this example.

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