Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Diablo III : Book of Cain

While you are waiting for me to finish the Death Dealer commission, and while I am trying to finish a few urgent jobs first so that I could go back to the drawing table, I would like to share the latest news in the meantime.
  A few months ago I was having my well-deserved vacation and enjoying the warm and relaxing South Europe summer, when I got en email from Blizzard Entertainment. They asked me whether I was available and willing to participate within a book project named Diablo III : Book of Cain. The group of artists who were already working on this project included such notables as Alan Lee, John Howe, James Gurney, Iain McCaig, Brom , Jean-Baptiste Monge, among  others. My job was to do 5 detailed drawings.  Great commission, no doubt, the only problem was a tight deadline.  After my vacation, when I got back in my studio, I had only 7 days to finish 5 detailed drawings. It was an impossible task, especially because the subject matter was new to me. However, after a few emails we came to the conclusion that I should do 3 instead of 5 drawings.
After a week of hard work  I completed the assignment and I hit the deadline. The client was pleased with the results (well, after a few corrections) and I was pleased because they were pleased and because the work was done on time. Yet another commission with a happy end, although the end of it would be even happier if I had enough time to do all of 5 drawings. Well, perhaps next time I will be more lucky with the deadlines…

Diablo III : Book of Cain is published by Insight Editions and will be available in November 2011.
If you want to learn more about the book or to preorder it, please go here

And the drawings…? Unfortunately I am not yet allowed to show them on my blog. As soon as the book is available for purchase I will post the drawings.


  1. Wow. I've never been a huge Diablo fan, but when you mention all those artists I feel like I have to get the book. Looking forward to see what you did for it. :)

  2. I would have done the other two drawings for you Petar.

  3. Added it to my cart the moment I saw your post. This is huge for a Diablo fan like me. Diablo combined with your artwork (and also Alan Lee's).. perfect!

  4. Hi Bill,

    Next time I will think about your generous offer. But it might be a very bad idea after all. What if the client says: “Oh, these new drawings are very nice. We want you to redraw the first few drawings and make them look like these new ones”.

    Thanks, guys!