EDIT 11/14- here is the close-to-finished underpainting. Just trying to get the page thumbnail updated.
In this piece, there's a ghoul forming from the smoke of the fires behind the throne, placing into the hand of the elf lady what will be a gnarly looking blade/dagger- haven't quite designed that yet though. She's holding the hilt in one hand and touching the sharp edge of the blade with her other hand. That's the gist of what's going on in the image at least.
I have some color roughs I'd like everyone to take a look at. Right now I'm leaning towards the one with the blue fire, but that might be because I just like blue fire. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on which one they think is stronger.
Also, just before posting these up here I tried cropping in on the composition a bit. A friend of mine said he liked the "breathing space" at the top of the images with the first one, but I was wondering if perhaps the viewer wasn't close enough to what was going on with the ghoul and the elf lady.
Thanks for taking a look