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Reaper of Souls™ Fan Art Contest Winners Revealed

Reaper of Souls™ Fan Art Contest Winners Revealed

As the days drew ever-closer to the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™, artisans from around the world rallied the tools of their trade to portray the heroes of Sanctuary or Malthael preparing for the coming conflict. There were over $11,000 worth of prizes and a two-night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, California up for grabs, so the competition was sure to be as fierce as any battle within the mortal realms!

One by one, these dedicated artists tapped into their innate abilities and honed their skills, and by the time the deadline for the contest drew to a close, an incredible 3,619 pieces of stunning artwork had been submitted! The sheer talent of each and every one of these artists is astounding, and we highly encourage you to feast your eyes on all of the contest entries.


Out of the twenty-five semi-finalists chosen by deviantART staff, Christian Lichtner, Art Director of Diablo III, had the arduous task of selecting three winners whose work best embodied the spirit of the contest. We are pleased to reveal the winners below!


First Place

"New Evil" by Kuzinskiy Andrey (Kuzinskiy)

Kuzinskiy has won:

  • A 2 night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA to meet the artists and developers of Diablo III
  • A framed print of the 1st place entry signed to the artist by the Diablo III Creative Team
  • $5,000 USD
  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-year Premium Membership to deviantART.com

Judge's comments:

The composition of this piece powerfully illustrates the strength of the Barbarian, at the same time the execution of the lighting and mood really sets this piece apart! Every little detail cleverly tells a story, while focusing on the epic quest the Barbarian is about to embark upon!


Second Place

"Among the Dead" by TheRafa

TheRafa has won:

  • A framed print of the 2nd place entry signed to the artist by the Diablo III Creative Team
  • $3,000 USD
  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to deviantART.com

Judge's comments:

This piece has such a strong overall visual impact and mood, and strikingly captures the cusp of an epic battle about to be waged between the forces of good versus evil! Both the composition and focal area give this piece such presence!


Third Place

"Fist of Conviction" by Yong Jun Cho (Nixell)

Nixell has won:

  • A framed print of the 3rd place entry signed to the artist by the Diablo III Creative Team
  • $1,000 USD
  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to deviantART.com

Judge's comments:

This painting really gives such a powerful sense of the Monk's history and character. The lighting is beautifully executed and reinforces the focal area to capture a moment in time, with so many great little design touches throughout!


You can check out the winners on deviantART's announcement blog, too!

Thank you to all contest participants for your enthusiasm for Diablo III, and for being a part of our creative community! Over the next few weeks we plan to highlight even more fantastic entries from the contest, so stay tuned for the diablical revelry and make sure to check out more of the winning artists' work in their respective galleries listed above. 

Have you created your own Diablo III fan art? Make sure to tell us all about it over in our Community Creations forum

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