Originally Posted by Daemon
It's about time someone drew an Ahri picture without ridiculously oversexualizing her!
I love the dynamics and the style. Very nice!
OMG CAN I BE YOUR NEXT BEST FRIEND? * A*
So one of the reasons I turned Ahri's face to make it not visible to camera is because of that. I wanted to make the picture unusual in terms of Ahri art. Ahri is just a competitor rather than... er... sexual prey or predator. It highlights a sense that more matters is skills and execution rather than boobage and bacon. (I love bacon though, btw. I ate so much of it this winter... arg)
And to answer the question about training.
I actually picked Twisted Treeline because some people interpret it as a 'Lite' version of Summoner's Rift so I thought it'd be interesting to train there, especially to work on ambushing skills with all the bushes and what not, without revealing your true ability to others training on the 5v5 map.
Ahri's original home was the forests of Ionia so a forested area suits her, particularly Treeline because her ambushing ability is so good. She also has a sly personality meaning she wouldn't be as open as Ashe or as stubborn as Sejuani, preferring not to show off her abilities where others might skirmish.
This is perfect for Hecarim who is a wonderful jungler/ganker. Since ganking is basically sneak-attacking out of the jungle, he expects that the more shrewd champions would think the treeline a good place to practice trump cards and strategies, and its those shrewd champions with good ambush/mobility/positioning that would ultimately be the ones to get away from him. Thus the Treeline is where he will eliminate the competition before the competition itself.
The story itself isn't very 'obvious,' but with everyone drawing weight-lifting tanks and peaceful scenes of lab experiments or meditating, I felt like going with the standard action shot might prove to stand out. And observing, summoners train for tournaments playing 5v5s, not playing Co-op vs AI. I thought a story like this would prove effective against my peers.
... all that was probably just a way for me to say, "I thought this through." Apologies for defending my rationale in such a long-winded manner.