Col­lab­o­rate on promo art

Felix re­veals how he and Es­ben worked to­gether on a mar­ket­ing com­mis­sion, based on the Dota 2 uni­verse

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A gamer gets a fan­tasy spin in Es­ben and Felix’s joint art.

This pic­ture was one of the il­lus­tra­tions be­hind a se­ries of key vi­su­als done for SteelSeries, a Dan­ish man­u­fac­turer of video game ac­ces­sories. The idea was to por­tray the du­al­ity of the of­ten fierce in-game char­ac­ter avatars and the calm and col­lected gamers bat­tling to over­come the next big chal­lenge. All the il­lus­tra­tions were done with a few well-known gamers in mind, and the avatars that were cre­ated were in­spired by the in-game char­ac­ters which each gamer usu­ally plays as.

Sheever, who this pic­ture was made for, is not only a streamer but also a caster, in­ter­viewer and a host when it comes to all things Dota 2. The il­lus­tra­tion is in­spired by Win­drun­ner and Witch Doc­tor, be­cause Sheever felt that those were the two char­ac­ters who best em­bod­ied her in-game.

Since both of us artists work full-time jobs, we de­cided to split the work be­tween us, and the piece was di­vided into four stages: sketches, re­fined sketch, colour block-in, and fi­nal ren­der. Es­ben worked as the lead artist on the project.

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