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SketchBook at Beyond the Summit: The Art of Dota 2

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Beyond the Summit: art of dota fan art

The SketchBook team participated in our first esports event at the Dota 2 Boston Major qualifiers last week. From October 27-30 on Beyond the Summit’s Twitch stream, SketchBook artist Kai Jiang drew eight wonderful pieces while the tournament raged on around her. It was all designed to immortalize great moments from the game. Not many video game competitions have commissioned artists standing by to capture epic moments of battle, but we think they should. Along with the final artwork drawn by Kai, we’ve uploaded segments of her speedpaints so you can see her in action.

The 8 pieces of Beyond the Summit:Dota 2 artwork by Kai Jiang
The 8 pieces of Dota 2 artwork by Kai Jiang.

Day 1: Boston Major Mistake

Beyond the Summit: the Art of Dota2
The Elements Pro Gaming Team capitalizing on a crucial mistake by Team Freedom.
A deadly skirmish between a clumsy Omniknight and an adorable but deadly Mirana + Slark duo
Elements Pro Gaming vs. ProDotA: A deadly skirmish between a clumsy Omniknight and an adorable but deadly Mirana + Slardar duo.

Day 2: Deadly Duels

Team NP vs. Elements Pro Gaming: Invoker vs. Sand King
Team NP vs. Elements Pro Gaming: Invoker vs. Sand King.

While the teams whittle each other down, Kai creates this fiery battle in mini fresco form:

Team NP's EternalEnVy solo dies to Roshan, gifting ProDotA's Garter the opportunity to finish off Roshan
Team NP’s EternalEnVy solo dies to Roshan, gifting ProDotA’s Garter the opportunity to finish off Roshan.

Kai captured this serious smackdown in painting form, and we captured it in speedpaint form for your convenience:

Day 3: Salt in the Wounds

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Maximum levels of salt are detected between EternalEnVy and melonzz, as Team NP defeats compLexity Gaming.

Kai Jiang drew this amazing interpretation of an epic battle and included some very well-known salt shakers:

Team NP vs. Infamous: Dazzle (Hatsune Miku) vs. Faceless Void (Nacht-)
Team NP vs. Infamous: Dazzle (Hatsune Miku) vs. Faceless Void (Nacht-).

Day 4: Vengeful Steamrolling

Infamous vs. Team NP Beyond the Summit
Infamous vs. Team NP: Sven (Aui_2000) flees from a horde of neutral creeps.
FDL vs Infamous: No love between FDL and Infamous, as Y K's Templar Assassin steamrolls Beesa's Vengeful Spirit
FDL vs Infamous: No love between FDL and Infamous, as Y K’s Templar Assassin steamrolls Beesa’s Vengeful Spirit.

Check out Kai Jiang’s colorful line art drawing process:

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Thank you to everyone who joined in the Twitch stream and asked about how to grab a copy of the artwork. We hope you love the output as much as we do. We had a ton of fun being part of Beyond the Summit and were incredibly inspired by the players and the art that came out of the event. So much so that our own Mohammad Qureshi joined in and drew this horns-locked illustration.

Phantom Assassin and Axe face off, Beyond the Summit
Phantom Assassin and Axe face off.

Until we face off again….