Giyon: The Gossamer Acolyte is an Ionian fan champion concept for League of Legends. I worked on this old geezer for the past 5 weeks in order to strengthen my portfolio for the '21 Riot Games Concept Art Internship. League of Legends, a game that has grown alongside me since I started playing in 2012, is missing a cool old man champion (sorry Zilean). So, therefore...
MY GOAL was to design a champion that veers away from the popular "young and beautiful" stereotype while STILL being able to appeal to that intended audience.
This was a difficult endeavor seeing as I've never designed older characters before (Giyon is only 58... it's not really THAT old, Kelly). The MOST difficult hoop for me to jump through was trying to make a relatable champ out of a niche that isn't popular right now to begin with... wise and wrinkly boys!!! Despite this, I believe I learned a lot while creating Giyon. My execution is much more refined and my knowledge of character tropes, motif usage, and beginning to end project development is stronger too. I am thankful for the experience and am proud of where I stand after wrapping this up! Cheers to future personal development and I hope as you view this project you might learn something new too!
A HUGE WARM thank you to those that helped me prepare for the Intern Application and to those that helped me develop this project. Thanks for aiding my journey and providing me with unconditional support. And a special thank you to my mentors who continuously push me beyond my limits! Credits where credits are due! I couldn't have created the beautiful project formatting without observing the fan champion projects created by Leon Ropeter and Natalie Pellman. Visit their Artstation to view their projects if you haven't already... wonderful work!
DISCLAIMER: The League of Legends franchise and Runeterra universe are owned by Riot Games, Inc. The game, story, backgrounds, and some other graphic elements shown within this project belong to Riot. Giyon: The Gossamer Acolyte is a fan champion created by Kelly Daley as fan art for League of Legends.