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[Riot Art Contest 2017] Forest Guardians : Elderwood Rakan and Xayah (FINAL)

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Rakan: Hey! I Ain't gonna kill ya, she is!
Xayah: Nice yo unmeet you.

Hello everyone! It's my first time participating in this contest and I'm really exited. Main Support here : D  

I was thinking yo make a skin for Thresh, but all of the sudden an idea came to my mind: "Hades and Persefone's" Myth. By that time I was playing Rakan, a lot, because he was soooo dynamic and funny to play. Obviously, the love between Xayah and Rakan is not that twisted. So, decided to make a skin for them both: Two Forest Spirits who protect the balance and the natural cycle of life and death, bloom and decay. 
Rakan, as a battle-dancer, wild lover would be something related to "life" and blossom, as he is really protective with Xayah; shields and heals her. A natural care-taker.
Xayah on the other hand, is the one who takes action. Always prepared and self-confident, she doesn't hesitate: If she has to take a life to preserve the balance, she will. The one who ends the cycle, but the one who let it flow and restart. 
As the human kind always do whatever they want, altering the cicle of nature itself for their  purposes, these two spirits would stop that and restore nature as it is, wild and untameable (like their actual lore with "magic" and etc..)

Sooo. Let's beggin shall we? 

Note: In game there are plenty of "Themes" that could match this ideas, such as Elderwood, Deathblossom, even "Hauted Zyra" came to my mind. I don't know if the concept will go  in that direction, so I won't name their skins yet. Certainly I'll have all of that themes as a reference. 


Ok, my post dissapeared soooo, I'm re-writting / reposting aaaall the process and stuff. (18/11/2017) -- Restored, Thank you! (19/11/17)

Finished! : )

Thanks to everyone who came to this post and gave some tips, feedback etc... That helped a lot !. This has helped me to learn new things and improve my coloring skills (a little bit).


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  • RedSinistra
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    Basic explanation. Rakan and Xayah would be Forest Spirits for this skins: Rakan representing "the one who gives life", blossom and spring, but also the wildness of nature. Xayah would be the opposite, "the one who takes life", autumn and winter, decay and death, also a part of the cycle of renovation.

    Update 18/01/2017 (Final Concept for them both)



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    References:


    First we have Rakan, the Battle Dancer. A lot of his features , abilities and qualities sugested me something swift, something bright, something unpredictable. But, he is very, VERY protective with Xayah, like the mother nature itself (a caretaker), soo I'll be trying to transform him into a Forest Spirit (similar to "Elderwood Skins? Maybe).

    Rakan Studies:


    Rakan Moodboard / References:
    Leafy , swift, colorful and playful. [Color Palette] : Yellow / Green / Vermilion / Orange?]



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    Second we have Xayah, the Rebel. She is the darkest of that two.  Cunning , silent and focused, Xayah has a strong will, an a cause to fight for. Humans always tried to tame the Nature, she will prove them wrong.

    Xayah would be the opposite of Rakan (The one who gives life). she would be incarnation of decay and death, the one who precedes rebirth of Nature ( like Autumn / Winter kind of feeling).

    Xayah Studies:


    Xayah Moodboard / References: 
    Stealth, foggy, thorns, darker colours, Nature Decay, Cunning. [Color Pallete]: Dark Brown, Dark Blue(s), White / Grey, maybe some fade Red.


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    Xayah Concept and Process:

    Base to start: 


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    Xayah Early Concepts:

    Ok here we have Xayah. These options are designed to match Rakan's skin, but also to be somewhat, the opposite (less flashy, autumn/winter themed). The color palette may change. 
    I think the hood always will suit her, but I tried some variations without it, just to give her another look. 


    Concept Art V.2 : Xayah

    Took A as a base, D , E  and F for little details etc. Still thinking about doing her without the hood , OR , that it can be removable like in "nighthunter Rengar Skin". I may add some "thorns" details to these variations (like in C, below). And yes the color palettes are on the way. c:



    Color Variations: Elderwood Xayah

    Update 1 : Four color variations trying to get the best ones and comparing it to her partner. Dark Blues, Gray, Dark red, lilac and faint purples where my main focus on here. 



    Color Variations: Elderwood Xayah
    More Versions. Did this with some opinions and feedback of the previous ones. Even tried one more "wintery" look.


    FINAL CONCEPT: 

    Final Concept with the color palette. 


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    Splash Art (Process): Elderwood Xayah and Rakan:

    Updating this soon with the previous Thumbnails(*




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    Preview: 
    [+] Update 28/12/17

    [+] Update 13/1/17


    [+] Update 15/1/17


    [+] Update 19/1/17


    [+] Update 22/1/17


    [+] Update 25/1/17


  • osvaldo_pasillas
    Love this concept!! keep it up!
  • Rataskor
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    I really love the concept and think it fits these two really well!

    Good luck, I can't wait to see Xayahs look  :)
  • RedSinistra
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    Ooook more samples for Rakan :)Final Concept Batch Above !! (colors can change)



  • skullkid99
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    really amazing work!! can't wait to see xayah
  • Gerva
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    Really good work!! i love the D version :smiley:
  • kuhleesee
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    i really like these designs!
  • yararstss
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    LOL, your colors and design are amazing! So many ideas. Congrats, friend.
  • skullkid99
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    really love the colors if xayah
  • Amaranthine
    First Impression of Xayah (Early Concept)

    This is gorgeous! May I suggest the feathers on her cape turning black at the very end to simulate wilting and tie into her outfit slightly more! I love this <3
  • DawnHeart
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    First Impression of Xayah (Early Concept) (Updated)




    Looks really good. I'd pref the second one except for the head which I think the first one would look better. The second head looks abit more like an Elderwood Shyvana tbh and thereby has some clarity issues. Also I'd rethink your color choice cuz she already has something with blue feathers. Apart of that really nice work! 
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    DawnHeart said:
    First Impression of Xayah (Early Concept) (Updated)




    Looks really good. I'd pref the second one except for the head which I think the first one would look better. The second head looks abit more like an Elderwood Shyvana tbh and thereby has some clarity issues. Also I'd rethink your color choice cuz she already has something with blue feathers. Apart of that really nice work! 
      I completely agree
  • osvaldo_pasillas
    Love Xayah! really great vibes!
  • Jacobtm92
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    Damn these concepts are fantastic! Can't wait to see the splash!
  • RedSinistra
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    @skullkid99 @DawnHeart Thank you! I definitely will try that. I still have to do more variations for xayah (currently working on Rakan definitive look for his skin) but I'll rethink the entire color palette for her.
  • RedSinistra
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    OOOOk new concepts for rakan, these are more refined designs. What do you think? Which one you would use as a base? Any suggestions? :) (Final image above )


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    OOOOk new concepts for rakan, these are more refined designs. What do you think? Which one you would use as a base? Any suggestions? :) (Final image above )


    Looks nice. I think A is the best to represent Elderwood tho I'd bring in some lighter colors too as it seems very dark compared to C for example. ALso I'd take the "hair" of C and Ears too. But its looking really cool :)
  • RedSinistra
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    Some color variations for Rakan, before the final concept (there will be more)


  • Katya_Cyan
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    I think  B looks more interesting ^-^
  • RedSinistra
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    New update on Rakan color palette ! :D  Suggestions and feedback appreciated

  • Joric
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    I love all the concept art work you are doing. I like A and C since they are using different colors from the main Rakan palette. Also the green make them feel really foresty. But I would be careful since it may be too close to the summoners rift color. Cant wait to see more of Xayah!
  • DawnHeart
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    C is defo my favorite from these Rakan concepts!
  • MaoAkari
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    awesome!
    i like f,d most
  • DawnHeart
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    Still not sure which color palette would be the definitive for Rakan, but I made the "in game" preview for the skin in grey-scale. 

    @Joric Yeah you're right, I like C option too but .... dunno, I have to make sure it doesn't mix up with the river / jungle colors. Thanks! 
    @DawnHeart I want to use it as a base palette soooo bad, but it lacks something and I don't know what. I'll keep working on it, Thank you :D

    looks really really good.
    Dont worry with a nice model like this you cant do too much wrong. Maybe use other colors but keep the "glow" as thats it what makes C so amazing. Btw what are those things on his ears? Leaf earrings? Can you try to put them away once (like pre - after comparison) as thats kind of disturbing me. But I really like the the rest especially the hair with those leafs falling down :D Could be like Blackthorn Morgana when she walks there are leafs falling from her wings too (btw if you cant decide for what colors u could also go deep red(dark) and brown and make them Black Thorn I just realized)
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    DawnHeart said:
    Still not sure which color palette would be the definitive for Rakan, but I made the "in game" preview for the skin in grey-scale. 

    @Joric Yeah you're right, I like C option too but .... dunno, I have to make sure it doesn't mix up with the river / jungle colors. Thanks! 
    @DawnHeart I want to use it as a base palette soooo bad, but it lacks something and I don't know what. I'll keep working on it, Thank you :D

    looks really really good.
    Dont worry with a nice model like this you cant do too much wrong. Maybe use other colors but keep the "glow" as thats it what makes C so amazing. Btw what are those things on his ears? Leaf earrings? Can you try to put them away once (like pre - after comparison) as thats kind of disturbing me. But I really like the the rest especially the hair with those leafs falling down :D Could be like Blackthorn Morgana when she walks there are leafs falling from her wings too (btw if you cant decide for what colors u could also go deep red(dark) and brown and make them Black Thorn I just realized)
    They are like ... pff I don't know exacly, side leaves / part of de hair, made to "complete his face" buut yeah...  I'll leave you the comparison down here. For the hair I took inspiration from "Elderwood Hecarim"'s mane, and yes, I though it would have that "falling leaves" effect, in the final color version it would be more perceptible.  I was thinking of using that color palette, but maybe It will suit Xayah better (since she represent "autumn and winter, decay and stuff". 
    Thanks a lot for your feedback really :D

  • RockaFella
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    They look like sideburns to me, part of his hair, right? I like them, personally.  :)
  • DawnHeart
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    Tbh I think it looks much better without those leafy sideburns (lets call them like that) as he's very young and a bit edgy and stuff (atleast in the language I play the game he seems to be a super young and cheeky guy and these sideburns kinda make him a bit too wise/patient (my feeling its still your art you decide :D
    Regarding colors: I mean your idea of that green and virbrand green mix is amazing I love it but you said it lacks something so I thought you want to change it :D for me its perfect the way you put it up there. but In case you still feel it lacks something I'd go with blackthorn / autumn colors for both and maybe make the skins in contrast of their lore/cinematic where they protect the forest. Now they want to corrupt the forest or something like that. As said its just plan B if you still think green is not that good :DDDD
    Still loving your art as and cant wait for your Xayah (I love these 2 champs rly *-*)
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    Going live on Twitch :D 6PM (GMT+1)
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    Sketch of the final Splashart :D Thanks to all who showed up to the stream!º


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    UPDATE - 19 / 12 / 2017 - Early Concepts for Elderwood Xayah :D , THE COLOR PALETTE MAY CHANGE. 


    Not a big fan of the color still (as she only has 1 skin and that skin has blue in it :/) but I totally love F!!!!!! D is ok too but F *-*
    F is totally heaven and I'd go with that. Without the hoodie you can see the amazing leaf-hair even short hair would look good :o 
    how about going purple instead of blue? (b is a bit purple a bit I'd say that direction but a more vibrant/pinkish one look at Elderwood bard to get what I mean)
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    DawnHeart said:
    UPDATE - 19 / 12 / 2017 - Early Concepts for Elderwood Xayah :D , THE COLOR PALETTE MAY CHANGE. 


    Not a big fan of the color still (as she only has 1 skin and that skin has blue in it :/) but I totally love F!!!!!! D is ok too but F *-*
    F is totally heaven and I'd go with that. Without the hoodie you can see the amazing leaf-hair even short hair would look good :o 
    how about going purple instead of blue? (b is a bit purple a bit I'd say that direction but a more vibrant/pinkish one look at Elderwood bard to get what I mean)
    Thank you so much! Really thinking about the hood as something removable (like in nighthunter rengar skin). So yes, maaaybe I'll try two variations (one with the hood). And definitely I'll try to think color palette around "fade purple" or something like that. :D
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    ELDERWOOD XAYAH UPDATE - 27 / 12 / 2017
    Ok a little update of Xayah. Happy Holidays everyone! :D


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    Look really really nice! I love A and C. Maaaaan I really thinkthat short hair in the back could rock on her too! Cant decide tho.
    I love the hair on A (the little bit on the left looks sooo nice!) but C is also nice *-* sooo hard to decide good luck with that xD
    Happy holidays too x3
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    Live on Twitch working on the splashart :D

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  • SpiritHide
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    Looks really good! Like the idea and  overall atmosphere! 
  • itstimetohosh
    The colors are so brilliant, i love it! :smile:
  • Mariah22
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    Really like your job!
  • RedSinistra
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    Update 05/01/2017
    Some Xayah Color variations :D


  • Auwren
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    This is super inspiring for me! Great work!

    I really like the values for C in your latest post. The light hair helps her face stand out a little better against the dark hood. I also think that the brightness of the symbol on her skirt and the subtlety of the rest of the skirt really helps to keep the design from looking too crowded.

    Its great watching this one develop! Favoriting this for sure.
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    Update 05/01/2017
    Some Xayah Color variations :D

    I totally love D *-* C is nice too but D is defo my favorite. Idk it just looks incredible with these colors especially the hair <3
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    Quick Update ! Ingame Rakan  (still needs some rendering but almost done :D)
  • Ly Hao Nguyen
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    I really like the concept and color choice. Keep up the good work :smiley:
  • RedSinistra
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    Someone posted this on subreddit and daamn, the feedback guys. Really glad everyone likes this two skins. Ty <3 (i'm reading all the feedback in there an taking notes!)
    https://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/7pja4l/amazing_elderwood_xayah_rakan_concept_art_by/

    New Update (Final update I hope :D)

    Did this during the last stream . 



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