So, this past weekend I went to the CTN Expo in Burbank. One thing that happened is that I came to the reinforced and recurring realization once again that I should be working on art outside of Blizzard on my own time. Seeing as how I do that already, the only thing stopping me from posting any of it is that anything I create for myself can't be safely revealed on the web...so, to remedy this situation, I have decided to focus for the time being on creating badass fanart of the characters that I love.
I've decided to start with a character that I think is the perfect showpiece for displaying what I can do artistically without it looking too much like Blizzard art. There's nothing wrong with Blizzard art, but it's not mine. ;)
Meaning, it's not my preferred style. Like most artists that work for large successful companies, over time I have adapted to absorb the house style. But while I find my work at Blizzard both challenging AND fun, my portfolio that I've built while working there doesn't accurately portray how I naturally like to draw and paint.
So, my next original piece, that I'm working on now, will be up and available very soon and hopefully will allow me to visually determine the "look" of MY own art from this point on.
You see another thing I learned this weekend is that if you want to be top tier, you need to be bigger than the job. And while I have no intention of leaving Blizzard, I am going to enjoy the hell out of "playing" with other characters outside the Blizzard Pantheon.