Blizzard Artist Turns Child’s Overwatch Fan Art Into Concept Art

By Joe Skrebels

In one of the classier moves in recent gaming history, Blizzard artist Roman Kenney has taken a young Overwatch fan’s character drawing and given it the full concept art treatment. As spotted by Kotaku, Shane Hickey wrote to the Overwatch Twitter account about his daughter’s home-made character, Birst, asking for the Blizzard team’s thoughts.

Clearly their thoughts were “this is cool”, because a day later Kenney had taken her drawing and description (key specifications: offensive boomerang, healing powers, wings, lasers on suit), and created a very Overwatch-y new character:

Blizzard's take on Birst.Blizzard’s take on Birst.

The move has gone down very well, as you can see in the video Hickey made of her first reaction to the news:

And, of course, because the internet can sometimes be an exceeding

ly cool and confusing place, people have now started creating fan art of the concept art of the fan art:

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and as child he designed his own Magic: The Gathering card. He still keeps it around as a reminder of what never to do with his free time. Follow him on Twitter.

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