An artist by trade, Ely’s career has seen him transition from graphic arts to digital, where he taught 3D arts while working as a visual effects artist on major Hollywood films—all before moving into games. While working on GuildWars for Arena.net, Ely was contacted, recruited, and blown away by Blizzard, where he’s been ever since.
With his fine arts background, Ely comes into work each day excited to flex his creative muscles as he and his team of artists craft fantastical environments to provide World of Warcraft players with a truly immersive and rewarding experience. Ely particularly enjoys Figure Drawing Fridays with his team, after a week of crafting landscapes for the latest expansions.
“It’s really exciting creating these imaginary places—these fantastic, painterly environments that people get to run around in, explore, and experience in a really visceral way.”
“We’re trying to create an art studio—as opposed to an art production—environment. We have a lot of enriching events and practices to promote the sense of camaraderie and the growth of an art movement.”