League Animation Workshop are a group of animated short videos released in 2017. Their primary purpose is to expand upon the lore of League of Legends, exploring different characters and locations, as well as explore different animation styles and techniques.
Champions that were featured in League Animation Workshop:
As an animatic (moving storyboards that provide a blueprint for a CG production), Miss Fortune: Surrender was developed to test a new technical pipeline, but transformed into a character study in the process.
Zed: Death Mark explored a visual style reflective of the ninja’s iconic in-game abilities, and also served as internal proof that 2D animation could be as mature, gritty, and engrossing as its 3D counterpart.
Darius: Fear was an opportunity to explore character by situating a champion completely outside of combat and their familiar in-game abilities. It was also a technical test, exploring a 3D character with 2D painted textures and a multi-plane, parallaxing environment.
Lux: Binding Light came about when Riot invited one animator to explore their unique vision of the Lady of Luminosity. The result was this intimate, evocative character piece.
Behind the League Animation Workshop
Riot has a history of technical experiments and character studies that usually aren’t slated for release as standalone pieces. Instead, creations of this kind tend to be absorbed in the development process, rolled up into the colorful katamari of a more ambitious final product.
Among these creations are a slew of short animations we’ve gathered together and called the League Animation Workshop—a collection straight from the workstations of Riot animators, exploring familiar champions in vastly different styles, techniques, settings, and moods.
Some of what you’ll see is standard “fight porn”—like a ninja slicing and dicing a squad of Noxians. Other animations hint at a world outside the frame, or give an impression of what champions are like when they’re not busy bashing one another on the Rift. All represent the craft and care that gives the champions of League of Legends a life beyond the game.
We hope you enjoy this look into our workshop.
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