None Escape Their Shadow: Cody Blunt’s The Master of Shadows
Cody Blunt’s piece titled The Master of Shadows represents the assassin, Zed. This art piece was created in 2013 for the company Riot Games as the digital concept art for the character Zed. This piece can be found displayed as a representation of the character in their popular multiplayer online battle arena, League of Legends. In The Master of Shadows, Cody Blunt uses complementary colors, value, saturation, tenebrism, shape, and a small variety of different lines to capture the resting energy of Zed and provides a serene and mysterious interpretation of a lifeless city.
Beginning with the size of the image, Blunt did not give a set size for this image, but typically you will find this image as 11x17 digital portrait that is big enough to fill most common computer screens. It is big enough to capture the viewer’s interest but small enough that it isn’t overwhelming. Since the image is a digital portrait, the colors, light and shadows, and lines will appear very crisp and smooth. For the composition of the piece, the image is side heavy. There is a main subject in the image as Zed, wearing worn metallic armor with red garments, who is sitting on top of a light post to the right. The image is also a stable image. This is because the image appears to be in a grid-like pattern because of the use of vertical and horizontal lines for the temple-like buildings in the background. Zed himself appears vertically and horizontally balanced as his right leg is perpendicular to his upright body. But, he also appears to be energized and dynamic by his pose. Although Zed appears static, he also looks active and graceful at the same time. Because he is kneeling in a calm jumping fas...
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... his true identity, which is ultimately dark and mysterious. The distinct satin red portrays the more barbaric side of Zed, which is his violence and thirst for battle or combat. The beam of light that is shining onto him also gives a sense of hope that there is some sort of good intentions within him that is just shrouded by his dark personality. The shadow behind Zed that is ominously watching over him portrays the fact that Zed is fully succumbed to his dark personality and it plays a part in showing what Zed’s true personality is. All in all, the color and small additions of the beam of light and shadow, truly express Zed’s exact personality and appearance in different ways. The colors symbolically portray Zed’s dark and violent personality, while the light and shadow contradict one another, which is considered the contradicting personalities within Zed himself.
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