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I'm always one for understatement, there.
I probably should've done this a little more simultaneously with the announcement over at SC-Source.com, but anyways, here we have it:

I'm now (and have been for almost a week now) living in sunny Irvine, California, and am working as a concept artist at Blizzard Entertainment, on the team producing Starcraft 2.

I don't think any exclamations from me right now can quite capture the mixture of feelings that're flying around at the moment, so I'll leave it with a simple HOLY CRAP!
I interviewed here in June, and it's taken since then to get around to getting the visa and everything organised, but it's finally happened!
And I still can't quite believe it.


Not having ever lived out of home before, moving across the other side of the world into an apartment on my own is definitely more of a shock to the system than the job though, I'll have to admit, and I think it's going to take quite a bit more time to get generally settled in to life here than it is to just get settled into work.
(If I'm really going to admit it I'm rather fucking terrified, at least some of the time, but . . . I'll get there. Character building and all that good stuff.)

SO! I'm still in the arduous process of getting my stuff through customs, unfortunately, so that's a little annoying, but once I'm set up I'm still hoping to be active on here :D




finally,
WOOOOOOOOOO!
  • Listening to: The Incident - Porcupine Tree
  • Reading: Watchmen
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:iconpanama66:
panama66 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
congrats man! They mentioned your name at the Blizzcon concept art panel ^^
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional
:D thankyou!
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:iconctrlgs:
CTRLgs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Congratulations. You're now working on whats probably my most anticipated game of all time!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional
and mine!

Thankye :D
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:iconnightblue-art:
Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! I was wondering when this day would come, as I knew it would :) Big congrats in getting into my favorite game company in the world! I'm very jealous of your getting to see the game and getting to work with the amazing folks there.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional
Thanks kindly!
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:iconblack-a:
Black-A Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
here it is, your award. be careful and stay calm) really happy for you
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional
thanks!
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:icontaytonclait:
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're living on your own! Now you can have breakfast in your underwear, drink beer before noon, and listen to whatever you want whenever you want! Congrats on expanding your options, I just came across your gallery and now I have to look through it.

Don't let Blizzard steal your soul. Work them for all the cash they'll give you! Great job on achieving what thousands of us dream of!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional
Haha; as far as soul-stealing companies go, I think Blizz aren't too bad ;)
Thanks man, much appreciated.
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:icontaytonclait:
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure!
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:iconsoul-daemon:
Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
my previous comment about concept art and games companies somehow feels a little amusing since reading this and checkin out your gallery...
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional
hehe :D

I'll see what I can do!
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:iconilincamilosan:
IlincaMilosan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd kill to work for Blizzard :/ Would you mind telling me how you managed to get hired by such a great company? ^^ (other than having this amazing blizzard-style art because I've noticed that already ^^)

I wish you best of luck! I will be thinking about you when I will play the game :D (punch them in the face and tell them to release it faster by the way)

Loves! :hug:
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional
I guess it was because aside from the level of art that I was producing I also managed to show a lot of passion for the games; I was staff on a fansite, got myself over to the WWI in Paris and to Blizzcon last year and whatnot, just got myself into their field of view, or something like that :)

Thankye kindly!
:hug:
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IlincaMilosan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense :D I'm very happy for you - I know it feels great doing what you love ^^
Hope to see more art and hear more news ^^
:hug: (say hi to Arthas! lol ^.^)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional
:D thanks again!

haha
:hug:
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:iconhammn:
hammn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009   Digital Artist
grats on the job! you definitely deserve it! :) and welcome to cali!!!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Professional
Thanks! :dance:
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:iconanton42:
Anton42 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Congratulations! It is great to see your dream come true, and certainly encouraging.

PS Now all I need is to have a dream, which I don't :(
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional
haha :) no need to rush into these things...

Thanks!
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:iconkrismas83:
Krismas83 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck and congratulations you are very talented and I wish you much success!:)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional
Thanks man! It's much appreciated.
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:iconkrismas83:
Krismas83 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yupp
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:iconnorbert-g:
norbert-g Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Huge congratulations! You know that you are the rock star there! :)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional
Thanks!
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The-Maple-Kind Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
congrats on getting every blizzard fans dream job!

so so so happy for you!!!!!!!!! :D

make the zerg different than sc1 now!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional
Thanks!

(different? Why? (or how?))
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:iconthe-maple-kind:
The-Maple-Kind Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
they feel too similar to sc1 with regards to units and abilities...protoss and terran have changed dramaticly whereas the zerg have stayed pretty much the same :/

hopefully your concept art for the expansion will make the zerg become amazingly unique :)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional
with any luck :)

cheers!
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:iconthe-maple-kind:
The-Maple-Kind Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
best of luck :D

thank the art department for all the great work for all of us fans :)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional
thanks!
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CluelesssEvil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
wow congratulations! and moving out is a huge milestone too. i went to the states once, they have sooo many strange things! including an energy drink that can take 3 months off ur life expectancy! per can! lol

any way best of luck over there dude ^^
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional
Haha :D

Cheers!
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CluelesssEvil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
^^
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:iconautaux:
Autaux Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow yeah I was blown away by your starcraft work, no wonder they were keen to snap you up. best of luck with it all mate!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional
Thanks man! Much appreciated!
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:iconjonnymhenderson:
jonnymhenderson Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
wait...didnt you live in australia? holy crap is right!!!

i used to live a lil bit outside San Diego in southern CA :)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional
Yup I did, so yeah, big move :)
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:iconloki-odin:
Loki-Odin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
AHA-SOME!!!KNEW they'd hire u. :D

and HEY!


...


dont forget us little guys now.:P

(Man,i remember back when i picked a copy of 3dsmax [which had Blizzard mentioned on the back] i was so excited that i bought it immediately.After that id check on Blizzard's site to see any job opening;Concept art...that i can do.3d?...still not there :( )
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional
Cheers!
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:iconutharas:
Utharas Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Gratz man, I am very jealous. I would love to work for an awesome video game company like blizzard, or a great movie company. Maybe when I go in and then graduate from college (still a lowly highschooler). I am quite amazed at your success. Once again, congratulations.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional
Thanks man!
And good luck to you :D
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:iconutharas:
Utharas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
=D
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Artist
Awesome, congratulations!
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional
Cheers man!
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:iconmrsbadexample:
MrsBadExample Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your Zerg pictures are what brought me to look at your DevArt, and it's no small wonder Blizzard would hire you considering your incredible talent. Welcome to Southern California, and I hope you like it here!

Someone of your talent and caliber will definitely be an incredible boon to Blizzard.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional
:D

Thankye indeed! Much appreciated!
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
:w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t:

congrats! :D i wish you lots and lots of happiness - cause i have the feeling you're going to get it anyway! :XD: :) ;)

oh, and... don't forget to pop up in here every now and then... who knows, you probably would be so busy, you could actually forget... :)
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional
:dance: Thankye kindly!
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