So finally I get to start putting up some more of the work I've been doing for Heart of the Swarm - this is the first in a series of illustrations I did showcasing the new units that we're introducing to multiplayer. It was a lot of fun to work on, the zerg stuff is always very close to my heart!
In a very short time it's going to be the 15th Anniversary of the launch of the first StarCraft, and as part of our celebration I had the honour of producing this nostalgia-heavy wallpaper! It was a heap of fun working on this, both for the enjoyment of working with the old-school designs, as well as trying to capture some of the oeuvre of the incredible J C Leyendecker for this look back on the game that put me where I am today.
Following its release on March 31, 1998, StarCraft warped millions of us through time and space to the 25th century, where we explored the unruly Koprulu Sector for the first time. We built armies and brought ruin to countless enemy bases as we helped the terrans, protoss, and zerg wage war against each other. The release of StarCraft: Brood War just nine months later saw the Queen of Blades become one of the most iconic villains of all time, and the popularization of professional StarCraft competition in South Korea.
Fast-forward through twelve long, anticipation-filled years to 2010, when StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was finally unleashed upon the world. We guided Jim Raynor's actions as he fought valiantly against Arcturus Mengsk's Dominion forces, and cheered on as professional competition, now fondly referred to as StarCraft II eSports, exploded in popularity on a truly global stage. Now, with less than one month behind us since the release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, we're faced with not just Kerrigan and her ferocious brood, but the realization that time really does fly when you're having fun. In just a few short days, we'll be celebrating fifteen wonderful years of StarCraft. - Starcraft2.com
Other / higher resolutions are available here on the StarCraft website.
This is another illustration I produced for another just-released StarCraft story; painted a lot more recently than some of the others, too!
Check the story out here: The Education of PFC Shane As frontline troops who lead the way into battle, Dominion marines witness countless unsettling and terrifying sights. But the horrors of war pale compared to the ordeal Private First Class Geoff Shane is about to endure.
I really enjoyed this one, and you can find a bigger wallpaper version of this on the StarCraft website.
So, some official art now! Along with the Swarm Host I created some art for some of the other new units coming in Heart of the Swarm as well, and they're slowly getting released! The Terran Widow Mine this time; a bit of a different pace to the Zergy stuff I seem to do more often. Bigger wallpaper has been released here as well if you want.
A bit late putting this one up, the story's been out for a while now, BUT!
Check it out here Just an Overlord It was supposed to be an easy assignment: take a squad of recruits out to the ruins of Tarsonis, make camp at the abandoned Ghost Academy, and play war games for a few weeks to prep the recruits for combat. With Kerrigan out of the picture, the zerg are just mindless animals, hardly a threat to Dominion marines... right? As Meatbag Squadron is about to find out, even the supposedly most harmless zerg can be a terrifying enemy.
A wallpaper-sized version is up on the SC2 site, as well.
SO! The last of these for now, finishing up with another basic-unit-into-interesting story - the humble SCV!
The Fightin' SceeVees When “Pearly” Bousquette signed on with Raynor’s Raiders, he knew his life was about to become much harder and infinitely more dangerous. But when he and his crew of SCV pilots are sent on a simple strip-and-rip mission, things quickly turn sour… and it’ll take all of Pearly’s ingenuity to get his crew back home alive.
I had a blast working on all of these, and I hope you've all enjoyed them. As usual various bigger wallpaper resolutions can be found over at the StarCraft website.
Yay! "On July 27, 2010 we launched StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Blizzard developers traveled to major launch events in locations spanning the globe including London, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, Orange County, Singapore, Taipei, Mexico, Brazil, and Australia to celebrate with players. We were excited to meet gamers all over the world, and every year since, we’ve celebrated StarCraft II’s birthday."
For my part, this year I decided to do another updated version of the wallpaper I created for our 15th Anniversary, but with new versions of each of the original units and in a slightly different style this time around. It feels crazy that I've been here so long now - will be 4 years at the start of October - and I'm still super excited about getting our final installment out, with Legacy of the Void.
The next one in a batch of short Starcraft stories that I've illustrated has just been released (even if I did the painting at the end of 2011!)
Check it out here: The Teacher Dr. Loew wants to tame the Zerg to save Terran lives. All past efforts to subjugate the Swarm have yielded nothing short of catastrophe, which is why Dr. Loew is pursuing a slightly . . . different approach. But when the Dominion takes an interest in her research, Loew realizes that the Zerg may not be the only monsters she’s dealing with.
You can find a bigger wallpaper version of this up on the SC2 website in the Media section Enjoy!
As the release of Heart of the Swarm gets closer, more Zerg art showcasing the new units! The high-tier support caster somewhat filling the role that the Defiler filled in original Brood War: the Viper!