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Riot Games: A Day in the Life of an Artist

Riot Games: A Day in the Life of an Artist


Thursday, February 20th, 2020, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Sure, you know what it’s like to produce art. But do you know what it’s like to produce professional quality art? On a condensed timeline? In a complex organization?


Three Riot Games artists from different areas of expertise—Senior Animator Lana Bachynski, Concept Art Lead Gem Lim, and Senior VFX Artist Jason Keyser—will speak on what their day-to-day work looks like and offer their perspectives on professional art production: what challenges they face, which projects their most proud of, and what aspiring artists can expect from a career in video game art.


This career-focused presentation will showcase Riot Games subject matter experts in concept art, VFX art, and animation discussing their work and experiences at the studio, and will be followed by a Q&A. Those attending the event in person will also have the chance to speak to a member of Riot’s recruiting team, who will be on hand to answer questions about applications, interviews, and more.


Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP and arrive in good time to secure a place in line. Attendee check-in will open at approximately 6:30 PM and a valid Eventbrite RSVP will be required to get an event wristband. Admission is first-come first-served and a wristband does not guarantee entry in cases that the stage reaches capacity.


Attendees are welcome to join a guided tour of Gnomon before the event. If you'd like to schedule a tour, please email outreach@gnomon.edu. If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can watch the live stream on our Twitch Channel.



Gnomon's Bachelor of Fine ArtsCertificate in Digital Production, and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.

Guest Speakers

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Gem Lim
Concept Art Lead

Gem Lim is the creator behind several popular champions for the game such as Nami (her first champion and her personal favorite), QiyanaEvelynnGalio, and Irelia. She has also designed “skins” or costumes for many champions.

Gem has a B.S. in entertainment design from Pasadena Art Center College of Design. Prior to joining Riot Games about eight years ago, she freelanced for many video games and animation studios.

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Jason Keyser
Senior VFX Artist
Jason Keyser has been working in entertainment for over twelve years and has been making visual effects at Riot Games for the past six. During his time at the studio, he's given a hand to various teams, including League of Legends and others. Before his time at Riot, he worked on National Geographic's Animal Jam while attending Brigham Young University in Utah. He is a passionate educator and involved leadership figure in the worldwide real-time VFX community. When Jason isn't making sparkles and explosions at work, he enjoys hanging out with his family in their LA suburban home.
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Lana Bachynski
Senior Animator

As a Senior Animator at Riot Games, Lana Bachynski is responsible for bringing characters in League of Legends to life through movement. Relatively new to Riot Games, her most notable work includes animation on Blizzard Entertainment's Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and getting timed out for using too much capslock in Twitch chat.

Beyond her daily work as an animator, Lana is the summit advisor for GDC's Animation Bootcamp, co-founder of Tea Time Animation, a staff-contributor to the Animation Exchange, and a yo-yo aficionado.