LCAD Game Art students win Blizzard Student Art Competition

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that an LCAD student won and another placed in the Blizzard Entertainment Student Art Contest. Leah Jackson’s “Enchanted Cottage on a Cliff” won the Environment Art category and Josh Shelnutt’s “Kuhn’Vusa Battle Tank” was a Character Art category runner-up.

“I wouldn’t be where I stand if it weren’t for the kind souls that have guided me here,” Leah said. “There have been times when I lost belief in myself and felt wrapped in darkness. It was those people who gave me golden glimmers of knowledge and empathy that lead me to find a path to greatness.” 

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“Enchanted Cottage on a Cliff” by LCAD student Leah Jackson

“We are extremely fortunate to have such a great collaborative relationship with Blizzard Entertainment,” said Gavin Rich, chair of LCAD Game Art. “We’re extremely proud of Leah and Josh for their achievements.”

LCAD’s reputation has attracted industry partners like Blizzard to teach and mentor students. Many LCAD Game Art alumni have been recruited to work with the game giant.

Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams hold the annual contest for college and university students to submit original artwork that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft. Grand prizewinners receive a tour of Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, two hours of mentorship with a senior artist, a one-year subscription to World of Warcraft, a Blizzard Entertainment notebook (featuring an original sketch by a Blizzard artist), and a Blizzard t-shirt.

For more information about LCAD Game Art, visit www.lcad.edu/game-art/program/program-overview