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.
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 exceedingly 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.