Originally Posted by IronStylus
50 pages.. no way I can read every one of these posts. To sum up though, despite what you may think, I am not the single point of failure in a scenario where a busty lady makes it through our pipeline. I'm here to be one of many voices that chimes in when appropriate. Can I flip a table or two? Absolutely, if I deem it unnecessary. I really wasn't too terribly concerned about Nami because, well, I think she's a cool design.
Did I notice the ruffles revealing some fish flesh? Yeah, I saw it months ago. Did I think it was particularly a good idea to poo-poo the design when it was on its way, when it was gathering momentum, and when it was being passionately worked on by the artist? Hell no. This will be this particular artist's first champion ever in the game. It's her show in that regard. I didn't find the cleavage to be a monumental red flag.
I think it's almost a shame this point will get lost in fawning over the rest of your post, because people here really do seem too quick to forget that "concept art" on the level of what Morello showed in Nami's sneak peek isn't something people throw together on their lunch break.
There were obviously countless sketches and revisions that went into that before the drafting of the final piece, which itself was clearly no small effort. A real person - an artist - put considerable work into creating the piece, and for me the first rule of creative endeavors is that if someone worked hard creating something, you should work hard critiquing that thing.
The people who are upset over "fishboobs" seem to have taken no time to comment on the quality of the concept art, the animations, or the overall aesthetic. They apparently have no significant opinions on the core concept of the character or how it fits in with the overall design aesthetic established by the other champions in League, or even the environment represented by the map designs. They don't seem to have anything to say about the art style or how well (or poorly) it was preserved in the transition from concept to Live. That makes it very hard to take their criticism seriously as anything beyond a knee-jerk reaction.
Please give my regards to the artist. It's a really wonderful piece with great use of implied texture to give a feeling of not only scales, but that smooth 'fishbelly' look and the gossamer-like construction of the fin. I do wonder, though: was it meant to look more playful, or panicked? There's a sense like she's hurriedly shielding herself against something, which gives a very good "support" sensibility, but she has a very youthful look to her (partially because of the aforementioned ultra-smooth fishbelly look to some of her skin) that gives the overall composition a more playful slant.