Wednesday, June 30, 2010

20 point thing-ma-bob.

Joe Madureira is an accomplished comic-book/ concept artist who has gone only through his high school of art and design in New York. Although his education is limited, he had acquired his internship in 1991, at the age of 16! His skill set is a wide variety of tools such as a keen eye on anatomy while influenced by manga and anime has gotten his name to be legendary. Through his work as a comic-book artist he was then taken into concept art for video games while he worked on his own comic series. One of his most memorable accomplishments was being named as one of the top ten most influential artist of the industry.

Mark Gibbons once attended art school, but dropped out to join a band. Also known as a "pencilsmith" he was grabbed up by a company named Games Workshop which created lots of table top action games, Mark scribbled out concept work across the board for all of their games. He then later got into video game concept art after the birth of the PS2. He worked on a game called "Primal" where he was the lead artist on that project. He has hopped around from freelance back to Games Workshop but it all led him to an amazing senior position at Blizzard Entertainment.

Blizzard Entertainment as we know it today has grown tremendously! It was founded in 1991 by three guys named Allen Adham, Michael Morhaime and Frank Pearce. Then the famed company was under the name Silicon & Synapse. It was then acquired some time later for $10 million. It has changed hands quite a few times but now has landed in the hand of Vivendi Universal Games. This hit company has produced Warcraft strategy game, Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft which is a multi-million player game across the planet. Blizzard is now able to create its own platform bases for games for online play. This is one monster of a company.

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