The story behind this piece is that there is a goddess sitting on a pedestal in a shrine room revealing her true nature to the viewer for a moment.
Behind her is going to be a mural of the goddess, who looks happy and peaceful with halos around her head. The figure on the pedestal is removing a mask from her shawl that looks just like the happy, smiling woman, and underneath is an unnatural black face with a glowing smile and eyes.
I have two sets of thumbnails experimenting with different compositions and camera angles, and I'd love to know which ones people like the most, or whether I need to keep exploring ideas. One set is more of a straight-on viewpoint with more emphasis on the mural behind her, the other thumbnails take a lower camera angle and show more of the architecture of the shrine she's sitting in. Thanks for taking a look!