As Blizzard Entertainment's art director for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Ben Thompson is responsible for developing and maintaining the style of the game throughout production. This began with creating a focused style guide on which to build the game as a whole and now includes the painting and polishing of the textures, FX, and models based on those concepts, as well as directorial review of their implementation to assure a high level of quality.
Before Thompson joined Blizzard Entertainment in 2009, he accrued extensive experience in the card-gaming realm, serving as art director for the World of Warcraft trading card game and contributing over 70 illustrations across 20 sets of Magic: The Gathering. Prior to moving into game development, Thompson taught up-and-coming artists for six years as an associate professor of art and illustration at CSU Long Beach and Mt. San Antonio Community College.
While best known for his fantasy artwork, Thompson is also an avid WWI and WWII collector and enthusiast, with much of his private work focused on military history.
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