Warcry got a three-pages interview with Ben Boos, ex-Blizzard North artist. He drew some early sketches of Diablo III before departing. It is interesting to those who seek a job opportunity with Blizzard. He reveals he met Max Schaefer at the Blizzard North booth in the Game Developer’s Convention. All it takes is to approach someone from Blizzard with the best of your work. Doors can open. Make sure to bring your work and a resume at BlizzCon on October 10th. From the interview we learn that Michio Okamura was the creator of the original character design of Diablo. Ben Boos published a book full of sword illustrations. Make sure to check it out at your favorite bookstore.
WC: Could you please introduce yourself for the WarCry community?
Ben: Greetings! My name is Ben Boos. I’m an author and illustrator with a past in game development. I spent nearly 8 years in the trenches at Blizzard North during a fabulous time of that company’s history. Then I took the adventure a step further: I leaped and pursued a crazy dream.
For the last several years I’ve been pouring my heart into the crafting of a book that I hope gamers will like. It’s called SWORDS: An Artist’s Devotion, published by Candlewick Press. My crazy dream has now come true; thoughts have turned into things, and now the book has released! I can’t tell you what I’m going through. WooooHooo! It’s a very scary, exciting time. So hello everyone! Sorry I’m freaking out; it’s awesome to be here!