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The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Hardcover – February 12, 2013

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About the Author

Nick Carpenter is vice president of art and cinematic development at Blizzard Entertainment; Sam Didier is senior art director at Blizzard Entertainment; Chris Metzen is senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard Entertainment. They live in Southern California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870271
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.8 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SAMWISE, aka Sam Didier, has spent his entire career in the entertainment industry. His first job was in cinema. As head usher at the local theater, he spent hours perfecting his writing and artistic chops on bathroom check sheets and on the backs of candy order forms. After leaving the spiritually rewarding job of sweeping up filthy movie theaters he found his true calling and joined the legendary Blizzard Entertainment back in the early Jurassic Period (1991) as one of its first artists and has remained a loyal warrior of the black and blue ever since. Samwise would have loved to have had a more impressive bio with all kinds of accomplishments, awards and accolades, but since Samwise had to write this bio up himself, he tried not to kiss his own butt too much. He's not that flexible anyway. And he didn't try either.

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This is one gigantic book. Hardcover. 376 pages. Blizzard has finally released an official video game art book and it's not surprising it's so thick. The binding looks good enough.

One thing to note is about the shipping cost of this book. It's heavy, so depending on where you're shipping to (overseas for example), it might incur an additional weight surcharge.

The book features the three flagship games of Blizzard, namely World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, and it has a small section of art from discarded game concepts.

The art is fantastic and all printed big on good paper. They are mainly character designs. Many paintings and sketches come with brief commentary from the staff of Blizzard, Nick Carpenter, Samwise Didier and Chris Metzen. Of course there are a lot of artists featured and it's interesting to see how they can all stick to drawing the Blizzard style of art.

There have been several Blizzard art books before this came along. So you might actually see artworks here from the earlier books, such as WOW: The Art of the Trading Card Game, The Cinematic Art of World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King, Diablo III: Book of Cain, WOW: Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition art book and others.

There are also many new pieces of art here.
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The first thing I noticed about The Art of Blizzard was it's weight. This is one big, hefty tome.

Chock full of full color art from front to back, this book is amazing. It covers the Warcraft, World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft series. I have been taking my time going through it, because a lot of the artwork has notes on the background from the artists or other Blizzard staff that oftentimes sheds an interesting or amusing tidbit that you may never have known...like the Pit Lord's teeth were based on Gary Busey's teeth.

I own a number of art books for anime and video games, and I have to say the quality of the book is top notch. Quality heavyweight paper, sewn binding, many full or double page portraits in vibrant color.

I have spent about 3 hours reading it tonight after opening it for the first time. Looking at the beautiful details in everything and at times the evolution of things and reading all the little side comments, has certainly captured my attention.

If you are a fan of any of Blizzard's games or enjoy good fantasy art, I cannot recommend this book high enough. I look forward to reading more tomorrow. Absolutely beautiful, and worth every penny.
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I've been a fan of Blizzard and their work since the start. They have a lot of talented artist and this book shows it. The amount of artwork in this book has a lot to go over and admire as the quality is excellent. It covers all three of their major series and is a perfect coffee table book to have.

My problem with this book is that a lot of the artwork has been seen before and has been featured in all of the games Collector Edition artbooks. It does have some original stuff that hasn't been seen though a LOT of the content is from previous artbooks.

I ONLY RECOMMEND this artbook to those that don't have the other Collector Edition artbooks or don't mind spending the money to have them all combined in one bigger book.
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I own literally every "Art of" book produced by Blizzard, and somehow this incredible tome manages to showcase so much art I have not seen before!

I was skeptical that this book would just repeat what I already owned, but instead it had a vast amount of new material by my favorite Blizzard artists.

The book is massive in size and the paper and printing is as high quality as the artwork within.

I highly recommend purchasing this book.
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This book is awesome if your a fan of Blizzard's games your gonna love this book.
It goes through art work of early Warcraft up into WOW and Starcraft along with Diablo. From really nice
finished renders to beautiful concept sketches and all roughs included.

If your an artists this is a great book for reference as well, lots of art from a variety of characters and races.
This is a book that cant be missed.
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This was my first Blizzard Art Book purchase, and I was blown away by the high-resolution that this book provided for an affordable price!

The best part is that this book combines the three most famous games from Blizzard: starcraft, diablo, and warcraft.
Growing up with these games, I fell in love even more.

You could literally spend hours on it and is recommended for all artists and fans. It will not disappoint you! :)

It also has all the comments from the art directors and artists which gives you more than just an art book but an entertainment book.

GET IT IF YOU'RE A BLIZZARD FAN!
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