Inspiration for March

Welcome to another round of the Art Inspiration Newsletter! It’s been a month since the last one, so I have ALOT to show this time. (sorry, not sorry) In summation of what happened over the last month, GDC 2017 happened and we our 1st Handpainter’s Guild meetup in San Francisco! It was awesome to meet other guildies in person, and I can’t wait to have another one! Maybe…at BlizzCon 2017??


We have also recently moved the guild from Slack to Discord! If you have been waiting to join us, now is the best time! We have a healthy and active community, and our love for handpainted gameart is going strong! Don’t worry if you are a beginner or English is not your main language, we are a super friendly group of guys and gals. Link to join is here:


For the last bit of news, we have announced our latest Workshop! It is a very special one. This time we are including non-guild members in our fun & publicly celebrating Overwatch’s 1st Year Anniversary.

You can find more Workshop Details at Polycount!


NOW…. on the art!!


Sangyun Yang




Hans Hirth


Shuohan zhou


Hans Hirth


Nikita Zhuravlev


yang jie


dong chengchao


Blair Armitage


Lance Wilkinson


Genevieve St-Michel


Lucas Fernandes

Warren Goff Animation Reel 2017 from Warren Goff on Vimeo.


Fanny Vergne


Ht Jiang


Airborn Studios


Jordan Kerbow


Linus Traggey Asplund




Maeve Broadbin


Esther Love

Share with your friends, coworkers, or your social networks!

You can find us @ Twitter or Facebook. Or join us in the guild on Discord!

Inspiration from week 2/23

Hello Readers & Guildmates! We have another amazing round of art for the month of February! Every time I do this, I am amazed at the skill and beauty I find from these artists.


A huge note for the community: The Game Developers Conference is less than a week away! It’s a great place to learn, network, and get a major boost of motivation. If you are going, Becca Hallstedt (her work is featured in this article) wrote a “GDC for Dummies” article that I recommend everybody read. The guild will be at the conference and we will be spreading the word of our community! If you could spread the word with us, we would be incredibly grateful.

Guild News: Workshop #9 is well under way! The theme is Baked Good and Sweet Treats! Come join us if you are a beginner artist wanting to learn how to handpaint in a low stress environment or a veteran interested in flexing your muscles!

Now on to the art!


Sangwook Kang


Greg Mirles


vlad ost



Zug Zug


Ashleigh Warner


Scott Kletzka


odon pachi


Laurynas Jurgila

Minionart has ALOT of really really neat tutorials. I highly recommend checking out their twitter and patreon to see more!


Peter Gandia


Dave Lopez



Becca Hallstedt


JiEun Moon


Jacob Wheat


Ancelmo Toledo – Drakata


Nick Gunn


Zion Ellis

Share with your friends, coworkers, or your social networks!

You can find us @ Twitter or Facebook. Or join us in the guild on Slack!

Inspiration from week 1/23

Another amazing week of game art! I hope that you view these pieces as inspiration to get you going on your next project, not as reasons why you should stop. Alot of the work seen here took alot of practice and effort to get to this point. So don’t give up. As someone very dear to me said, “Keep on keeping on.” I pass that saying on to you. 🙂  I look forward to seeing your work online or in the guild.

Also, Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate it!

edgar-monteon-warwick-templateEdgar Monteon

mina-kimmina kim

zug-zug-s12Zug Zug

slava-gedich-icewarlusSlava Gedich

velenNick Pavlovsky

vlx-ost-unlitvlad ost

max-gon-hex-gifMax Gon

duy-khanh-nguyen-duy-nguyen-portfolio-201520Duy Khanh Nguyen

ben-hosac-benhosac-thecultist-aBen Hosac


Christoph Schoch

jimmy-xu-varian-masterJimmy Xu

<Diffuse name="Diffuse" export="True" abbreviation="d" extension="TGA" resolution="1" sharpen="True" grayscale="False" bitmode="8" as="FalsHenry Chen

mageKristen Malone

grace-liu-target-dummy-sheetGrace Liu

dimi-devos-ignicoredimi devos

katerina-rzhevska-2Katerina Rzhevska (2D Art!)

Share with your friends, coworkers, or your social networks!

You can find us @ Twitter or Facebook🙂

By the way, GDC is coming up soon. It’s a game dev conference happening in San Francisco Feb 27 – March 3. If you are in the slack guild, don’t forget to vote on if you are going or not! Would love to meet with our members in person and maybe meet up for food. Have a great week!

Inspiration from week 1/9

Back again for another Inspiration Drop! So, I don’t know if you know….. But if you click the image, you will be sent to the Artstation page where it was originally found. AND SOMETIMES you’ll also see supporting images such as callouts, sketches, or a sketchfab viewer. those images! Hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter! Share with your friends, coworkers, or your social networks!

You can find us @ Twitter or Facebook. 🙂

By the way, GDC is coming up soon. It’s a game dev conference happening in San Francisco Feb 27 – March 3. If you are in the slack guild, don’t forget to vote on if you are going or not! Would love to meet with our members in person and maybe meet up for food. Have a great week!

l-f-jietuFei Liu

sleepypang-li-1sleepypang LI

dennis-griesheimer-screenshot000Dennis Griesheimer

leigh-ann-johnson-leighannjohnsonpropsLeigh-Ann Johnson

jacob-wheat-wheat-jacob-goblin-escape-artstation1Jacob Wheat

khoa-huynh-screenshot051Khoa Huynh

sunju-choi-fishaltar-portfoliosunju choi

gabe-gonzalez-shamanpropsGabe Gonzalez

Pigart @ Youtube

tyrone-alarcon-zenith-presentation2Tyrone Alarcon

joshua-singh-kidd-character-sheet-dark3Joshua Singh


David Harrington

del-gonidel goni

matheus-oliveira-aMatheus Oliveira

peter-gandia-archer-presentationPeter Gandia

first-keeper-valeera-base-final-01-1First Keeper

hao-z-final-presentationHao Z

dodo-huang-1dodo huang

brent-ladue-brent-ladue-dotasets-01Brent LaDue

oscar-monteon-ekko-post1Oscar Monteon

shem-dawson-judgement-image01Shem Dawson

That’s it for this week. More to come later! 😀

Inspiration from Week 1/2

Happy New Year everybody! It’s been a while since the last post, but I hope you were all too busy enjoying your time off and visiting family anyways! Now that everybody is most likely back at work and flexing their art muscles again, I present to you 2017s first Inspiration post!

As a note for the future, I’ll have to keep my commentary short this time around. It takes alot of time to put this together on top of work & regular guild stuff (I have been realizing), and adding commentary when I didn’t really have time for them felt forced. I obviously love all the entries that are placed here, and I really want to share this with everybody. So enjoy this newsletter despite the lack of personal commentary!



Battle Chasers: Nightwar updated their kickstarter blog. New update!


Antonio Neves at Polycount updated his Graveyard thread. New Update!


That’s it for now! Got alot more coming up in the next newsletter! Hope you have a great week and nice start to your new year. – Evolvyn

Inspiration from Week 11/14 & 11/21


Jerry Mascho created this concept for Blizzard’s Heartstone new Expansion, “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan”. Love that wood rendering! Find this at Artstation.


And here is an in-game view of another board he painted and modeled for Hearthstone’s “League of Explorers” Expansion. Find this on Artstation.

Check out his Artstation page for more Hearthstone related art!


I really like this concept by Xu Pengcheng. You can find this at Artstation. It’s the right kind of style for handpainted inspiration! You can more of his stylized concepts at his Artstation account.


Snafubar7 (aka Elliot Picarello) created this straight razor and posted it on Sketchfab! View more of his work at his Artstation account.


Polygonmonster (aka Giovanny Arce) created this wonderful 3D rendition of a concept art from John Polidara. This 2D image does it no justice, so please go check out the Sketchfab he uploaded of this. Find more of his work on his Artstation and Sketchfab accounts.

Terrie Denman – Legion VFX Reel – 2016 from Terrie Denman on Vimeo.

It’s not often you get to see a VFX reel of somebody who worked on World of Warcraft. But Terrie Denman gives us a look at her work in an isolated environment! Go check her Vimeo and Artstation account for more effects videos!

As a workshop exercise for the Handpainter’s Guild, Sylveria (aka Leigh-Ann) choose a goat from WoW to paint. To top it off, she made a progress gif to show off how she went about making a 2D master copy of this 3D model. Great job, Sylveria!



Mafubash (aka. Matt B) created this Jolly Wizard and also made a progress gif to share with us! View this artwork on Artstation. And view more of his awesome handpainted artworks on his Artstation account.


Very sweet painting by Rudy Siswanto, who made this for the cinematic of Hearthstone’s “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan” Expansion. Find this image and more at Artstation. You can view more of his work at his Artsation account.


You neeeeeeed to see this artwork by Pil Chang on Artstation. This was a Blizzard Student Art Contest Runner Up in 2015. AMAZING work. You can see more of Pil’s work on Artstation.


Aney Sieko created this artwork. Aney mentions that this is a concept, but it looks like a model! Might have actually meant to say model. In anycase, Aney has alot of Allods work on Artstation and a bunch of personal work that looks very cool! Please, don’t stop here, go check Aney’s Artstation too!



Yekaterina Bourykina strikes again with official work from League of Legends on her Artstation! (Congrats, Katia!) Like usual, she also posted a progress gif showing you her process. Don’t forget to view this artwork in Sketchfab too to get a better look at it. Can’t wait to see more of what Katia has in the works at Riot Games! See more of her work at Artstation.


Another really neat art drop from Peter Lee on his work in World of Warcraft. This time he has the Tauren Building on display at his Artstation for our viewing pleasure.


Ok…so I HAVE to call this one out. Rafael Zanchetin is an illustrator extraordinaire! He has been working on alot of illustrations for Hearthstone and included some sketches to show his process. It’s really really good. Go to his Artstation to see a ton more!

Beautiful progress from guildie, Nate! Follow him on Twitter to see his progress on this and other 3D environments!

Zug Zug has been working on so many props, this being one of them, and posting it up on Twitter. I love every single one of them!


Tomenjerry is back with more progress on his Undead Starting Zone on Polycount. Need more stylized foliage breakdowns in my life. Anybody down for making a tutorial on the subject? haha XP



A very well rendered backpack from guildie, Dennispls (aka. Dennis Griesheimer)! You can view this model in Sketchfab and on Artstation. He also created a small tutorial for how he started this model on Polycount. Follow his progress thread at Polycount and view his Artstation account.

League of Legend newest artwork! Found alot of this on @YBourykina ‘s Twitter. So I’d suggest following her for seeing more of this stuff! 😀



So Lance Wilkinson has a sale on his Handpainted Tutorial at Gumroad! It’s a very neat tutorial and at that price it’s a very good deal! You can view more of his work at his Artstation account.

BlizzCon 2016


BlizzCon, the convention by Blizzard on Blizzard Games for the fans. A place of community, friendship, passion, and excitement. It was my second time attending BlizzCon, and I highly recommend going in person to experience it for yourself. The digital ticket is great, but there’s something different about being there and feeling the energy around you. It’s really amazing.

Alas, the con is over. There is always next year again! I’ve brought back pictures, audio, and some video.

Click here to view the Blizzard Art Gallery


Below is some audio and video that I recorded and edited together for you guys. The audio link is more complete, but the video link is more like montages of various conversations and visuals.

The important thing to take out of these links is the conversations more than the demonstration (my personal opinion: Because you can always watch a speedpainting on Youtube already). I wish I could have recorded the whole thing, but I wanted to respect the fact that Blizzard specifically chose not to stream the panel. The Q&A they had was very interesting to listen to, and I wanted to share these gems of advice with you guys too.


This video recording is not mine, and is a complete recording of the Level Design Panel. Enjoy while it is up! 🙂


Last but not least, an old gem from BlizzCon 2013! The WoW team shows off their process, team setup, and assets for Warlords of Draenor.

If and when I find out there are more 2016 Artist Panels posted on youtube, I will add them here.