Book Review: World of Warcraft: The Art of the Trading Card Game

World of Warcraft: The Art of the Trading Card Game

There are a couple of art books for World of Warcraft already and this one's on the trading card game. The sets featured in this book are

  • Heroes of Azeroth
  • Through the Dark Portal
  • Fires of Outland
  • Onyxia's Lair Raid Deck
  • Molten Core Raid Deck
  • Magtheridon's Lair

It says on the cover that this is volume one so it's safe to say there's going to be more in the future.

There are over 300 illustrations in this thick 288-page book. The art is printed large at one to two per page. It doesn't contain all the cards but contains enough. Although I don't recognise any of the World of Warcraft characters since I don't play the game, I do see a lot of familiar artists providing art for the cards. Among them are Todd McFarlane, Alex Horley, Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo, Clint Langley.

Here's what Samwise Didier (Senior Art Director of Blizzard Entertainment) says about the style of art:

Blizzard art (and especially that of Warcraft has a distinct style and feeling about it. It takes an artists months to get all this down to the point where it becomes part of his or her artistic nature. Some of the basics that Blizzard artists learn:

  • Less is NEVER more
  • Bigger is ALWAYS better
  • All one-handed weapons should be (at least) as big as two-handed weapons
  • If all else fails, add skulls and spikes and paint it red

Funny intro.

Anyway, I like the section on flaming beasts and lava monsters from the Molten Core Raid Deck. Aleksi Briclot's Lucifron and Clint Langley's Magmadar are very epic, definitely not beings you want to mess with. There are also plenty of other characters from The Alliance and Horde. It will take a while to absorb everything since the book is really thick.

It's a great book for fantasy art lovers and artists, or for those who want to nail down that Blizzard art style to get work there.

World Of Warcraft: The Art Of The Trading Card Game Vol. 1 is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP) and Book Depository

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