'Reaper of Souls' Fan Art Contest Announced

An art contest from Blizzard and deviantART has over $11,000 in prizes

'Reaper of Souls' Fan Art Contest
Blizzard Entertainment and deviantART have joined up to sponsor a new art contest, celebrating the upcoming Reaper of Souls Expansion. The rewards include over $11,000 worth of prizes and a two-night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA. Here's the official word about it!

You've fought bravely against the forces of the Burning Hells, banishing the Prime Evil and restoring Hope to the High Heavens. However, a new terror awaits. Soon, the sickening forces of Death will advance on the mortal realm of Sanctuary, ushering in a new age as Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ is unleashed upon the world.

The time has come for heroes to rise to a new challenge and prove their mastery of both the sword and the pen. So, crack open your stash of art supplies, nephalem, and get ready to get crafty!


To celebrate the upcoming launch of Reaper of Souls, Blizzard Entertainment and deviantART have joined forces to bring you a truly Legendary fan art contest. With over $11,000 worth of prizes and a two-night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA up for grabs, we're calling all talented artisans from Caldeum to Kehjistan to take up their styluses in defense of the realm.

Your challenge, brave heroes, is to channel your arcane power and create an illustration depicting one or more central figures of the expansion getting ready for the coming conflict against the Angel of Death. These figures may include the six heroes of Sanctuary or even Malthael himself.

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Your entries will have a chance to be seen not only by the millions of passionate Diablo players from around the globe, but also by the teams at both Blizzard and deviantART. In addition to scoring some truly epic prize packages that even the pickiest treasure goblin would be jealous of, the top 25 winners will also have their art displayed at Blizzard's headquarters in Irvine, California, with the top three winners hand-selected by Christian Lichtner— art director of Diablo III.

We've shared some of the tantalizing contest details below, but make sure to head on over to deviantART’s contest page for further information as well as the official rules and submission guidelines.

Best of luck to all artisans, and may the most devious designs win!


Contest Prizes:

1st Place

  • A two night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA to meet the artists and developers of Diablo III
  • A framed print of the winning work signed to the artist by the Diablo III Creative Team
  • $5,000 USD
  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-year Premium Membership to DeviantART.com

2nd Place

  • A framed print of the winning work signed to the artist by the Diablo III Creative Team
  • $3,000 USD
  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantART.com

3rd Place

  • A framed print of the winning work signed to the artist by the Diablo III Creative Team
  • $1,000 USD
  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantART.com

22 Semi-Finalists

  • Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition
  • 1,000 deviantART Points

Contest Rules:

  • Show one or more central figures of Diablo III getting ready for the coming conflict against Malthael. You may choose figures from the six heroes of Sanctuary or even Malthael himself!
  • Entrant must be at least 17 years old as of February 13, 2014;
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. PT (Los Angeles Time) on March 13, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST;
  • Your submitted entry is to be an original artwork inspired by Diablo III in the form of a portrait or an illustration showing a central figure from one of the six classes of Heroes of Sanctuary or of Malthael preparing for the coming conflict;
  • You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted. Read the official rules for more details;
  • You may reference but not actually duplicate visual materials provided or referenced in the Asset Page;
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file at least 2000 pixels and at a minimum of 72 dpi;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the official rules carefully.

Contest Deadlines:

  • February 13, 2014 - Diablo III Fan Art Contest on deviantART Launches
  • March 13, 2014 - Art Submissions Close at 11:59:59 p.m. PT on March 13, 2014
  • March 18, 2014 - 25 Contest Semi-Finalists Announced
  • April 2, 2014 - Top 3 Contest Winners Announced

Are you planning to enter this epic fan art contest? Let us know below, and be sure to share your works in progress and final creations with us on Twitter using the hashtag #D3DA!

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