Thank you to Eric Soejatno for submitting this article!
Besides the consistent pulse-pounding battles between the professional teams in The International, the thousands of attendees in the Key Arena can also view and buy the merchandise around the venue. One of the merchandise that captured my interest is the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Headset, the one with with all of the cute Dota 2 heroes.
The genius artist behind the eye-catching design is Eric “Chroneco” Christiandi. He is from Bandung, Indonesia and currently works as a freelancer. His work usually features “chibi” heroes and his designs also appeared during the Boston Major. We interviewed him to give him the spotlight and get to know him more as a person and fan of the game beyond his art.
Eric Soejatno: So, how did start getting interested in drawing art?
Chroneco : I’ve liked drawing since I was a kid and after I watched some anime shows, I began to have more interest in drawing. That's how it all started for me.
How did you find out about Dota 2 and when did you start to play? And why do you choose Dota 2 as an art medium?
I started playing DOTA since junior high school and continued to play it when DOTA 2 was released. I started drawing DOTA2 actually just for fun like making the heroes doing silly poses like the ones in Line stickers.
Which specific heroes do you like in DOTA 2?
My favorites would definitely be Crystal Maiden and Bounty Hunter because I always play position 5 Support.
How did your art get noticed by Valve and which eventually turned into them selling your merchandise?
I tried submitting some designs for Dota2 New Bloom Contest in 2015 and one of my designs was chosen as one of the winners. And then I kept on submitting more designs in the merchandise workshop page since that time.
Who is your favorite artist? And why?
My favorite artists are Chanxco, and Ikkyuu. Because they make really cute drawings that became my inspiration when draw.
What is your favorite work of yours so far?
The Clockwerk one, I’m not sure about it, but it's the one i’m attracted to the most. This is probably because it was my first submission to the workshop.
What do you hope for your career in the future?
I hope I can create more artwork that could make people smile.
Before we end our interview, what teams do you root for TI and why?
This year, i'm rooting for Cloud9 because they are entertaining to watch.
We thank Chroneco for sharing a little bit of time with us to get all of his insight on his personal Dota2 art making journey. You can check out more of his work on his social media pages down below!