Riot Games League of Legends: Yuumi, Mordekaiser & Qiyana Art Blast

The League of Legends Champion Team welcomes you to our mid-year update. From magical cats, to updating fan favorites, and exploring new regions with Qiyana, the team is excited to share what they’ve been working on this quarter. 

Zoomies incoming! It’s been a while since we’ve released a more whimsical champion. That’s where Yuumi comes in. When broken down, Yuumi really is both a champion and an object (a book) which gave animators a unique opportunity to combine the interaction between the object and champion with exciting results. Plus, the opportunity to create a cat champion was especially enticing to the cat lovers among us. 

Mordekaiser has always leaned into a darker thematic than most champions. We hoped to elevate this League veteran to help him reach his full potential as the Iron Revenant. We were excited by early reactions to the updated design when players told us this edgier, darker version of their favorite champion was exactly what they were hoping for. We hope you’re enjoying him too. 

Qiyana is the first champion from the Ixaocan faction. It’s a faction we haven’t fully explored which allows for more creativity in terms of her design. For artists, being able to design around the various elemental aspects of her kit was a unique development opportunity and ultimately one we really enjoyed.

The Champion Team would like to thank the community for their continued support. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at creative process for our artists. If you’re interested in learning more about our open art roles at Riot Games, check here for more information

Danny Kim 
Associate Art Director, Riot Games

Yuumi

Justin Albers – Concept Artist

Justin Albers – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Justin Albers – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Jessica Oyhenart – Illustration Art Lead

Jessica Oyhenart – Illustration Art Lead – League of Legends

Jessica Oyhenart – Illustration Art Lead – League of Legends

Edgar Monteon – Senior Character Artist

Edgar Monteon – Senior Character Artist – League of Legends

Isaac Wood – VFX Artist

Isaac Wood – VFX Artist – League of Legends

Adam Turnbull – Animator

Dawon Lee – Tech Artist

Oussama Agazzoum – Concept Artist 

Oussama Agazzoum – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Oussama Agazzoum – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Battle Academy Yuumi

Gem Lim – Lead Concept Artist

Gem Lim – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Gem Lim – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Esben Rasmussen – Senior Illustrator

Esben Rasmussen – Illustrator – League of Legends

Esben Rasmussen – Illustrator – League of Legends

Isaac Wood – VFX Artist

Isaac Wood – VFX Artist – League of Legends

Isaac Wood – VFX Artist – League of Legends

Mordekaiser

Sunny Pandita – Concept Artist

Sunny Pandita – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Sunny Pandita – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Concept Artist (Lord Mordekaiser)

Taylor Jansen – Concept Artist (Lord Mordekaiser)

Taylor Jansen – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Taylor Jansen – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Hunter Gage – Concept Artist (Infernal)/Character Artist

Hunter Gage – Concept Artist/Character Artist – League of Legends

Alex Flores – Senior Illustrator (Base)

Alex Flores – Senior Illustrator – League of Legends

Alex Flores – Senior Illustrator – League of Legends

Kelly Aleshire – Illustrator

Kelly Aleshire – Illustrator – League of Legends

Hunter Gage – Character Artist

Hunter Gage – Character Artist – League of Legends

Neal Wojahn – VFX Artist

Neal Wojahn – VFX Artist – League of Legends

Neal Wojahn – VFX Artist – League of Legends

David Helsby – Senior Animator

Joe DiLallo – Senior Tech Artist

Qiyana

Gem Lim – Lead Concept Artist

Gem Lim – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Gem Lim – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Atey Ghalian – Senior Illustrator

Atey Ghailan – Senior Illustrator – League of Legends

Atey Ghailan – Senior Illustrator – League of Legends

Oscar Monteon – Lead Character Artist

Oscar Monteon – Character Artist – League of Legends

Shannon Berke – Lead VFX Artist

Shannon Berke – VFX Artist – League of Legends

Shannon Berke – VFX Artist – League of Legends

Tom Robbins – Animator

Qiyana Launch Skin

Oussama Agazzoum – Concept Artist

Oussama Agazzoum – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Oussama Agazzoum – Concept Artist – League of Legends

Jennifer Wuestling – Illustrator

Jennifer Wuestling – Illustrator – League of Legends

Jennifer Wuestling – Illustrator – League of Legends

Richard Chu – Senior VFX Artist

Richard Chu – Senior VFX Artist – League of Legends


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Daniel is the Industry Manager for ArtStation.