Hello everyone. This is an old Art Order challenge that I wanted to do, but didn't have the time when the challenge first came out. Basically the idea of the piece was to have a wraparound book cover illustration of a drow fighting a bunch of mindflayers- simple, yes?
Here are some thumbnails that I came up with for the piece- I'm trying to do something that has more of an architectural setting in it, as that is something my portfolio is lacking at the moment. In all three pieces the drow has just swung her flaming sword against a mindflayer in front of her, and the mindflayer is falling down onto the ground. She is carrying a shield on her other hand.
In the first thumb there's another figure in the foreground charging up spells in his hands, with other flayers charging at the drow with swords drawn in the background.
My thumbs tend to be rather rough so here is the architectural reference I was using in case the picture doesn't make sense.
In the second thumbnail basically the same thing is going on except the drow's gesture is different and the architecture is more of the pillars with vaulted ceiling kind of setting. The drow also has a dagger in her other hand rather than a shield.
This one is pretty similar to the second one, but I couldn't decided which of those two I liked more.
This is going to be a pretty complicated piece, so I would appreciate anyone's feedback.