League of Legends is a marvelous game, with a variety of excellent designers and artists, working to bring us a worthwhile experience. Whether it’s through visual updates, brand new gameplay additions or new Champion skins, there’s plenty of inspiring craftmanship. In turn, creating quite a powerfhouse when it comes to awesome character designs and excellent illustrations accompanying them. So, whether we’re talking about Sixmorevodka Studio or Bo Chen, Riot Games knows how to pick them. However, it’s the sheer effort from these artists that lead me to creating this list in the first place. I simply feel like it’s time to throw a spotlight on their work, highlighting their efforts and giving them some respect. I mean, we get interested in the skins because of the artwork, and that feeling is valuable. That’s where I come in, listing the very best illustrations, starting with Wukong splash arts!
Keep in mind, this list ranks the champion splash arts, and not the champion skin/cosmetic appearance accompanying it. Therefore, it’s based solely on the artwork itself.
Check out the Top 5 Zed Splash Arts.
*I only considered and ranked the currently official splash arts
5. Original Wukong
Some splash arts lack character, others lack personality. In this case, it was the former that made fans give brutal and harsh feedback, because initially it looked weird. It seemed as if the artists simply missed the mark, taking some liberties that should not have been taken. However, the illustration still looked good back, meaning that the rest of the splash art was actually really good! Today, that misstep is ancient history, as the necessary changes were made that had fans feeling proud of their efforts. I can’t blame them, it was a much-needed alteration and no one would argue against it – then or now.
Ironically enough, it’s a great illustration mainly because of the attention to detail. See, I consider the wrong doing in facial features an artistic mistake, rather than a technical one. Therefore, I’m referring to the sheer detailing that elevates this illustration – the cracks and broken pieces of the armor. It’s amplified by the light and shading, drawing focus to these small details, with the composition complimenting the highlights. However, it’s undoubtedly the facial features that bring this splash art to life, showcasing how the changes made it really good.
4. Underworld Wukong
The majority of Halloween skins have quite remarkable splash arts, at least when it comes to concept design and overall creativity. While that’s obviously subjective, it seems that many players have come to love and value these illustrations, with Wukong’s splash being quite great. At face value, it’s a very clean and direct design, focusing mostly on Wukong, without putting too much effort into the background. However, it’s the sheer coloring and decision making that makes it work, with the translucent right arm being the highlight. But, the utilization of light from the staff and the blurry tail make it feel in motion, adding to the overall depth of the illustration. In turn, it tells a story, as if Wukong’s been corrupted, with no smirk on his face, as if controlled by other means than his own free will, making it quite the splash art.
3. General Wukong
In all honesty, it’s quite clear that Zhou Juexian has taken some artistic liberties with this illustration. Considering that the skin itself is hardly this ferocious or badass, it’s safe to say that it’s a romanticized version of General Wukong. While that’s a questionable decision, I wholeheartedly welcome the changes and liberties taken! Why, you may ask? Well, there’s a reason this splash was imported from China, as the fans really loved it. That’s saying something, when you think of how all the other illustrations look, this one is particularly badass. It’s the craftmanship of the head, facial expression and pose, with the details in the fur being really noteworthy. In addition, it comes across much like a general sending his troops into battle with a warcry, looking down on his next possible victim. However, the lack of detail in the background is a bit problematic. In turn, it falls a couple of spots, and lands at this respectable number 3 spot.
2. Radiant Wukong
This illustration loosely depicts the real Sun Wukong, from the novel Journey to the West, albeit romanticized and dipped into a rainbow. Now, I’m not saying that’s bad. Quite the contrary, as Sixmorevodka Studio knows how to create extravagant artwork and this is among their best. It’s like a modern interpretation of Sun Wukong, showcasing how he’s look if the novel was written by today’s generation. Given, Sixmorevodka Studio took some gambles, especially with the angle and facial expression, but it works with the color palette. It’s so vibrant, with the Cherry Tree petals and impact from the smash adding motion to this piece, making it look excellent. However, it’s the sheer decision making that we should praise, as the gambles paid off and we got one of the best Wukong splash arts!
1. Lancer Stratus Wukong
This splash art is absolutely breathtaking! Honestly, there’s something special about this illustration? Every piece of this complex puzzle comes together well, creating a work of art far beyond a basic splash art. It’s also a beautiful concept, with the execution resembling that of an oil painting, with focus on motion and lighting. While the Trickster’s obviously the main attraction and the dominant feature, he doesn’t overshadow the rest of the artwork. Whether it’s the city, the seagulls or the water dripping off of Wukong, there’s plenty to feast your eyes upon. Not to mention, the little girl pulling her guardian makes it feel somewhat connected to reality. It’s a great depiction of the skin it represents and actually makes the skin look lackluster because of this illustration. In turn, I can safely say that the Star Lancer Wukong splash art is the best one!