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Meet Yihao Xu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yihao Xu.

Hi Yihao, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Ever since graduating high school, I set a goal for myself that I want to become an artist working in the entertainment industry. I have been playing video games since I was a kid and was amazed by the beautiful concept art and illustrations done by the art team. At ArtCenter College of Design, I have been training drawing, painting, and concept design for games everyday and it is a great experience.

Working with too video game companies like Riot would be my dream because I would love to share my contribution to my favorite video game of all time. I still remember the first time playing League of Legends with my high school friends and it was the best moment in my life.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It wasn’t a smooth road at all, and I have failed many times. Riot splash illustrations are known for highly skilled design and render, and it took me six years of trial and error to at least get a hang of it. Luckily my parents support me for a career in illustration, so I was able to focus on my techniques everyday.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am currently a freelance illustrator/concept artist working in the entertainment industry. I specialize in Riot League of Legends style splash illustrations because I was amazed by the splash team’s stunning works. Riot splash illustrations are known for high-quality design and render, and hopefully I can get a full-time job at Riot in the future.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I have met many aspiring illustrators who specialize in Riot splash illustrations, and I was able to learn a lot from them. Without their knowledge, I definitely wouldn’t be design and paint as good as I am today.


  • $2000 for a standard Riot League of Legends splash illustration

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