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StarCraft: Nostalgia by Mr--Jack StarCraft: Nostalgia by Mr--Jack
In a very short time it's going to be the 15th Anniversary of the launch of the first StarCraft, and as part of our celebration I had the honour of producing this nostalgia-heavy wallpaper!
It was a heap of fun working on this, both for the enjoyment of working with the old-school designs, as well as trying to capture some of the oeuvre of the incredible J C Leyendecker for this look back on the game that put me where I am today.

Following its release on March 31, 1998, StarCraft warped millions of us through time and space to the 25th century, where we explored the unruly Koprulu Sector for the first time. We built armies and brought ruin to countless enemy bases as we helped the terrans, protoss, and zerg wage war against each other. The release of StarCraft: Brood War just nine months later saw the Queen of Blades become one of the most iconic villains of all time, and the popularization of professional StarCraft competition in South Korea.

Fast-forward through twelve long, anticipation-filled years to 2010, when StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was finally unleashed upon the world. We guided Jim Raynor's actions as he fought valiantly against Arcturus Mengsk's Dominion forces, and cheered on as professional competition, now fondly referred to as StarCraft II eSports, exploded in popularity on a truly global stage. Now, with less than one month behind us since the release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, we're faced with not just Kerrigan and her ferocious brood, but the realization that time really does fly when you're having fun. In just a few short days, we'll be celebrating fifteen wonderful years of StarCraft.


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Akiratic Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh the nostalgia ;A;
QuakeBrothers Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
marine long arms :)
HydraliskMarineSC2 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Artist
covert-ops Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The classic really shines through all of starcraft 2.
masterrico81 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Hell I still have starcraft 1 wooo!
zhenyue Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Love it, original Starcraft all the way <3
TheSwarmMaster Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
deirgderc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Protoss had slimmer fingers in StarCraft I., but other than that, this picture is very well done.
apocalipsis666 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
buenos tiempos
great work
ToaLittleboehn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG,you made this?! I hope you don't mind that I did pencil drawings of these 3 ^^;
GTvox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I love SC classics representation, yours truly magnificent
Svetly-Nikolaev Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
WOw awesome I'm a fan of Starcraft 1 but I have only one day I bought 2
weerdboy118 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
one big happy family
Buck-Yone Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Artist
That one big family dont seems to get along together lol
weerdboy118 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
lol the protoss are the oldest child, the terrans are the honorary second child, and the zerg are the crazy insane youngest child
spiffycat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Marine's legs are a bit too spread out there.
razort300 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sigh .. fifteen years has passed since i first bought SC and installed it on my PC .. time sure flies fast .. i still remember how much i was impressed with the cover art, the FMVs and the in-game graphics .. the diversity between the races was a huge step ahead from Warcraft 2 ^_^

Thanks for bringing back those sweet memories .. now i go back to playing Heart of the Swarm ;)
Stardustbeaches Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Love this!
Charochai Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like hydralisk in old school design version. :D
Knight-Of-God Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nostalgia at its highest...and its sweetest...most epic job Jack.
Nabonidus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg Luke that nostalgia. And your other arts. I deeply love how you gave the old units a new touch, but still keeping them as they where in good old SC1.
Amazing work by an amazing artist!
MrPryminista Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the Leyendecker style. Beautifully designed!
turdo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do you ever have problems with the color profiles of your work, because this same picture on your fb page looks desaturated. Just asking because recently when I try uploading something on here it becomes desaturated even though i made it in sRGB ... btw youre probably my favorite artist.
VR85 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Nicely done!
Captain-Dando Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Damn, never thought anyone could make the old stuff look as cool as the new. Nostalgia indeed
KainMaxi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet wallpaper!
Zeiram3f Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! I have to agree with the others. The hydralisk just makes more sense here. The color palate feels more lifelike, as well as the anatomy. I suppose the only question here is, where does it fire spines from? Eh, oh well. Keep doing your thing.
Red-alert1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I always have loved more the original hydralisk design
Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, simply classic.
nekrosith Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nostalgic and cool :)
Loopydave Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional
Awesome!! Love how you even went with a 'JC Leyendecker' styled signature :D
716lead-dj Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is so diverse...from shinny metal to slimy textured scaly skin and bones.
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My new desktop!
Deano-landon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
dude i grew up playing starcraft and the brood war expansions, this really takes me back thanks for bringing back the classics.
OberstJurten Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nagi-as Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
loving it specially the leyendecker touch you gave
Hannakin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
So so boootiful! The marine is my favourite, closely followed by the shiny curly hydralisk!
It's very pretty! If there's ever a poster, I want one!
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D
Dave-Wilkins Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
RaraAvisInTerra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww so many great memories... I always loved the first game ^_^
ltken84 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This Illustration really brings back a lot of memory..Nice one!! Great Stuff Mr--Jack!!
artmanphil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
in my opinion the terran looks a bit sturdy. something "masters of the universe"-ish. or buzz lightyear ;)
maybe a more stable pose would have made him more majestic.

nontheless the paintjob is incredible :)
artmanphil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
p.s.: does anyone else shere the opinion that this lesser detailed characterdesign feels more seizable and focused? Compare MrJacks SC2 hydralisk design in comparison - do more little veins and muscles, claws, spikes and plates serve a purpose in terms of design?
Kyaburu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!!
Jarlerus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
This is fracking Great! :I Love it!
MuchoNice Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I played it in 1998 and still learning HOTS.
Also JC Leyendecker was a master at his time an even Rockwell stole from him.
You Sir did a fine job and I envy your job at Blizzard :-)
AlivanArt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
the designs from sc1 were so good it holds up well , even today
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love the Leyendecker styling, really adds to the nostalgia :)
happy 15 years Starcraft, and as always, keep bringing the thunder Mr. Jack,
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