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Syndra The Dark Sovereign Ideation Thumbnails by ZeroNis Syndra The Dark Sovereign Ideation Thumbnails by ZeroNis
This is the early ideation thumbnails of the champion Syndra. Her codename was "Sym" so the name you see on these pre-production art is placeholder.

As you can see. These thumbnails were just for exploration, meaning, I'm not committed to anything. All I know is that she is an Ionian who manipulates gravity. So I was keeping it very lose, not worrying about the art quality, and just focusing on finding unique shapes and elements.

If you guys have any questions about this, feel free to ask! I'll do my best to answer them all.

Final Design


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:iconselainecosplay:
SelaineCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How long does it usually take to lay down your thumbnails? Or better, how long did it take to create all of these?
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Project-AYA Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A little off subject, but you may want to think about re-hashing some of these designs, or selling the concepts. I love lots of them, and can see them repurposed as Zone of the Ender like mechs. Maybe that's just me. Any way, thanks for posting tumbs like this, it's inspiring and helps artists like me. Thank you!
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:icondespon:
Despon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Why did you not end up adding any of the cool floating things behind her. I think that would have made an awesome touch.
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meawzerz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
crazy idea, but it would have been cool if she was a mix of most of these and as the game progresses she changed from one to another e.g. E turns into F buy having the lower rings slowly rise up and form into one while her pieces around her head shifted over her face to form the mask and maybe each time she ups her ulty she goes from simplistic shifting designs to more complex and powerful ones. e.g. having form A last and while ulti is level 2 shifting from B & C ^^ though that sounds more like a super legendary skin.
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:iconadepoortere:
adepoortere Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I could see the J with long hair. I would be awesome
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ZenRumi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
in a production environment, how long do you have to concept? What are you deadlines like when you begin designing a character for Riot? 
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SatanicDream Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
A looked nice. It would be nice if it was made into a skin.
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Giogiogio4 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
"All I know is that she is an Ionian "

Think you should have based her off the 7 Modes of the Major scale since "Ionian" is the "Major" scale.
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:iconesebeidoran:
EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It be so cool if that was a Pokemon. And she's called, "The Mother" O_O
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Gajutsu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
B F I J M is cool. Syndra is cool :)
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IMDSound Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think J is reallllly cool.
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aDutchBoy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow, pretty cool :)
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
:sherlock:The "P's" missing. Having bladder problems?
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
:o I'll take that as a no.
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MagustheShapeshifter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first saw this I immediately thought of the forerunners from Halo.
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PusheenKat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I must say, it feels as if an honor to meet a concept artist for my favorite game. You sir are my god, and i may only hope to one day draw on your level.......
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Zephiryth Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would personally love to see some form of " Unleashed Syndra skin where she has no helmet on. Think that could be a future concept from you? :p
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Ernutet Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
They are really cool, I think I also like L and M.

Syndra is my favourite champ in LOL, I hope you guys do a new skin for her soon. :D
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XxJerrymiarsxX Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
B,C, and N would be be pretty cool skin concepts for her! That kind of middle eastern/asian empress/goddess of power look.
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EatingChamp Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I hope you dont mind me doing a mini spin-off of L
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EatingChamp Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
These are so much cooler than the current Syndra imo. Absolutely love A, L, N and O <3
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Zheixs Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
hope u make new skins for Syndra :)
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cnatalo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
i don't know, but the last Syndra its looking like Lissandra !
btw you are amazing!!
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WolfSpiritZERO Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This would be cool as a main villain in a game who changes forms multiple times through out the game and then she hits her final form.
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dotrangero Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Very beautiful.
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DarkShadowXLR Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
L man is the better on
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JilutheFang Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
C would look cool in an Ionia-Styled coloring
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imperiom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
J-L-F-O-M ... looksamazing !
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ChellesConcept Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How long do you spend on each thumbnail?
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ULTRAZEALOt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impressive. it would be interesting to see the development of J and L concepts.
thanks for sharing your process
<3
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Lvl99-Gamer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Just coming back here from time time to fawn over A, E, M and N. Especially ''A'' kind of reminds me of FF character design when Amano was still doing the artwork there.

I also really like the ones where it feels like she's sort of ''shackled'' at the feet even though I kinda associate her with ''breaking free'' from restrictions with her whole limitless potential thing.

I'd love it if you could post more of these ''character exploration'' sheets if you have em.

Keep up the good work :3
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ShinobiFerret Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could pore over this in full resolution, but it looks great!
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ScytheHeartless Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
M makes me think of a ghost for some reason
Ooh I'm totally down for a Halloween skin theme for Syndra as a poltergeist!
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TriasMaster Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
how about a new skin ? im still waiting for a new syn skin shes one of my fav champ
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FaithRarefaction Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg these experimental concept arts are so gorgeous
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Nogitsune13 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very nice I'm actually studying at the moment to do this and 3D modeling though I rarely put anything on the internet to show haha.
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DxRhym Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Choosing between all of these must have been quite hard, as nearly all of them are final design worthy. Did you get to choose the design you liked the most? Or did you have to take away from the design for some reason?
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kuromeru-kitsune Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
e-j are my favs :3
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shurkin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I like M
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Rahlow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
B
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artist
Wonderfu work, congratulations! :D
Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!
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Ikimono1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
J or C would have been the best instead of "Valkyrie headgear champion number 6"
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:iconimpulszero:
impulszero Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Hmh.... A, B, C, D, E, L, N, O... damn, so many good choices :)
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MetaSilver Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Wow this is pretty cool. Concept B on this reminds me of Necron from Final Fantasy IX though!
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