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Elderwood LeBlanc - process by sunnykoda Elderwood LeBlanc - process by sunnykoda
Tragedy Turtle actually emailed me asking to see the process for Elderwood Leblanc. It was fairly linear so I had my PO approve releasing all the work!

You can see how it evolved from "Druidic Fairy Mage" and some of the design and colour decisions along the way along with the all-important vfx studies that help direct the vfx artist who in this case was the awesomely awesome Richard Chu.

I hope you can glean some insights from this and let me know if you would like to see more process.
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Mika444 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this original??? I mean... Are you a rioter?
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
mhmm.
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Draxaca Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Seeing your process is amazing! I would love to know: what brings you to the decision to continue developing concepts and at what point are you really 'this is going to be it'. Or did your supervisor decide/discuss this with you? 
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Working at Riot is extremely collaborative! From inception to execution everything is team-driven. Our Product Owners represent the player's interests and the rest of the team share their ideas/excitement. At every stage what enables us to decide to move forward with a project is this one question; "Are players going to love this?"

We don't really have supervisors but are empowered to champion ideas we ourselves believe in. At the same time with great power comes great responsibility, and we each do our best to understand our players and what will get them excited. That's why it's so important for us ourselves to be players; I play a lot of whatever champion I'm working on so I can really understand what is cool about them.

It can be difficult for new Rioters - you look around for someone to give you the thumbs up or 'ok' so you can pull the trigger and everyone just points right back at you: it's your responsibility and if you get it wrong then that's on you. I think it's an awesome way to work. Over the past 18 months I've made mistakes I've learned from and I've had victories where I go home pumping my fist at all the positive feedback on s20, forums, reddit etc. but the whole time I've been able to decide when I think I've got something players will love instead of being just a tool in a production pipeline.
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Draxaca Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student General Artist
That's really cool! And that sounds like you guys are working in some Agile/scrum work environment ;)
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes Agile is all the rage. Everyone who hasn't is going through Agile training in the next few months.
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Draxaca Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student General Artist
also, i see a lot of your concepts keep the angle of the camera ingame in mind, you do this because it is important that the biggest design features are recognizable from that angle?
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Akamataa-chan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really really love this skin but i don't play Leblanc :'(, she look amazing when she fly during her recall.

NOW WE NEED a Elderwood Zyra ! XD
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I wonder about the value of skin ideas like that, dark star veigar etc. We feel like they are too close to the base fantasy to make a skin players would want over some alternate fantasy we could do. We always have to think about the limited time we have to work on projects and how to efficiently convert that to player value.
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Mayeru Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really cool, thanks for sharing : )
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for checkin' it out
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hannorara Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
I like it!! Thanks for sharing 
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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patmax17 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE to see processes like this one! :D
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Celio-Hogane Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This looks super fast, but we all know it was A lot of time of work.
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I would be able to get through it much faster today, but when I worked on it initially over a year ago I was really struggling to communicate my idea to the team. Most of the real work of a concept artist is not drawing but helping the team to find a design they are excited about executing on.
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Celio-Hogane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, don't tell me about that! Sometimes is so hard to get the people to understand it.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Professional
Always good to see! ^_^
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dude this one was a potato, took way too long to get alignment on what I had in my head. So glad it came out really well in the end no small thanks to the team.
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GisAlmeida Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice to see it! I love to know the process of works, please share more! :)
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I will do what I can time permitting. tyty
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oakstudios Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016   Filmographer
Thanks for sharing. Very insightful.
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for taking an interest in the process!
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Mantarok1205 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
nice
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ty >:)
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skyu33 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is seriously awesome - I love these kind of things. Would it be possible to post past skin processes? Great work!! :D
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I probably won't find the time to go back, but if there's a good example in the future I'll try to put something even better together for it. Unfortunately some of the biggest learnings come from cancelled skins or major pivots that would be disappointing for players so I can't post them.
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skyu33 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks, I understand. 
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