I’m gonna make it short and sweet, considering that Vi’s splash arts had me debating and writing for days! Which ones to include, in which order and who takes the cake? I mean, it shouldn’t be surprising, as Vi’s arguably one of the best looking Champions in the entirety of League of Legends. It’s the clean base design that makes her the perfect template for new skins, as well as excellent splash arts! While it’s easy to find favorites, it’s necessary to be objective, which is the only way any list can actually hold on to its integrity. However, as per usual, I’m open for a discussion but I hope you enjoy the ranking down below!
Feel free to check out Wukong and Zed splash arts lists!
*I only considered and ranked the currently official splash arts.
5. Officer Vi
I struggled between Officer Vi and Original Vi splash arts, debating which one should make the list? When I dug deep, I realized that Bo Lu’s artistry and spunk was just a cut above, edging out and making the 5th spot! Listen, sometimes it’s worth taking a chance, betting on anime hair physics and a caricature-like illustration, especially if it looks good. While it’s all preferential, the clothing creases, detailing in the hair and Caitlyn’s presence make this quite the treat. However, it’s the angle that works in some ways and doesn’t in other ways. I mean, the rough-looking wheels, the twisted body and the lackluster background throw it in a blender. So, Bo Lu’s dealing with many double-edged swords, which help as much as they hurt, meaning that the viewer decides the fate of the artwork. So, with the beauty in the eyes of the beholder, and me writing, I’m gonna say that it’s different in a good way!
4. Demon Vi
I must confess, I wasn’t able to find the artist of this illustration. While I may or may not be a heretic, I’d like to avoid the 6th circle, so there’s no chance in hell I’m gonna exclude this splash art! So, with all puns intended, I’d like to cut to the chase and praise this work for all it’s worth, okay? It’s quite simplistic at first glance, offering enough to peek interest, but doesn’t go over-the-top, finding a good pocket. It’s clear-cut and defined, making great use of depth to draw focus on the well-drawn gauntlet and brightening the primary assets. While that may or may not be your cup of tea, Vi’s beautifully crafted, with her expression selling the illustration! So, it’s quite obvious as to why it’s included, and I hope to find the artist, sooner or later.
3. Heartbreaker Vi
There’s something to be said about Sangsoo Jeong’s effort and dedication, actually putting some time into the background. It’s much-needed praise, considering that some choose to focus on the character models, often neglecting the space behind them. While that makes sense, spending time on the main attraction, it’s important to create a cohesive illustration. Given, it’s not always about the background, as cohesion can be achieved in various ways, but it’s the most logical step in tying things together. In this case, it’s the primary reason this particular illustration feels so vibrant and full of life, making the world come alive with the story it tells. Ironically enough, it’s not even the primary highlight, as that’s obviously Vi’s model, specifically her well-crafted face and expression. While it could’ve been action-packed, with a different pose all together, it’s the end result that matters the most, giving us an amazing splash art.
2. Warring Kingdoms Vi
This is quite marvelous, isn’t it? The momentum of the gauntlet breaking the ground apart, crushing the person underneath the vice grip, shattering his hopes and numerous bones. It sounds like a fairytale, doesn’t it? No, perhaps not. However, it’s an illustration that packs a mean punch, with great utilization of color and light, seamlessly bringing this splash to life. It’s impactful and powerful, yet it tells a story, with the detailing of the gauntlet and sheer shading of this piece being the primary highlights. Not only that, it’s a cohesive illustration, something that I should point out considering I mentioned the importance of backgrounds on Sangsoo Jeong’s work. In turn, this is another piece where everything is a part of the puzzle, with every element complimenting the other. While Vi’s face gets lost in the mix, with other highlighted areas drawing our eyes away, it’s still an amazing illustration. So, if you consider this splash art as Vi’s best, I can fully understand!
1. PROJECT: Vi
This illustration beautifully showcases the skin it represents, with an obvious wow-factor, while still holding on to artistic integrity. It’s the type of splash art that ticks all the boxes, with good understanding of the Champion and skin’s themes, leading to a triumphant work of art! While it’s obviously the composition, detailing and execution that elevate the splash, the decision making should be praised as well. It’s the stoic pose, the element of rain and choice of colors that really create the base for this futuristic and striking illustration. While I could spend more time explaining my feelings towards this splash art, I think I’ve done it enough justice! So, it’s Vi’s greatest splash art, yet you might feel differently? Well, feel free to express yourself in the comment section!