Let's go back to before I decided on my entry. I wasn’t sure whom to pick for this project. There are lots of characters I like for different reasons so I created a list to narrow down my options. I knew I wanted to create a new skin as design is my favorite part of character art.
First, I made a list of characters I like to play as which were mostly support champs (personal attachment makes me more passionate about the work). I then added characters whose personalities I enjoy to the list (more narrative material for the illustration). I also added some characters whose silhouettes would be fun to work with (purely for artistic enjoyment). I then pointed out what I like about each character, as well as some cons to using them for the project. It was a pretty intricate evaluation process.
Some characters immediately set gears in motion in my head so I did some quick sketches in isometric (the design has to work in the game camera angle). I spent only a few minutes on each, but I was already more excited about some than others.
In the end, I made a decision between Lulu and Nami.
My fae skin idea for Lulu wasn't adding much to her narrative, it was more of a visual change. Nami's shark skin would add some weight to her personality as she is the leader of her people who were on the brink of extinction. How did the burden of leadership change her? What kind of leader is she? How does she deal with land-dwellers polluting the ocean? It would also give me the opportunity to paint lots of water and fishy things!!
I'm a scuba diver who adores the ocean so I went with my heart and landed on Apex Predator Nami.
I ended up enjoying my first idea the most, but it was worth exploring more as one never knows what will pop up.
I experimented with different hairstyles and armor. I found the more dramatic hairstyles looked neat up close but muddied up her silhouette from afar. Decided to go for a more subdued hairstyle and focus on her moon/hammerhead shark crown. Also beefed up her tail tip to make it almost like a stinger. I want her to read as dangerous. Lots of edges and curves which remind me of a dangerous ocean.