This is the first final painting for my personal project for university. I have been working on the project for the past few weeks however i am focusing on the development process - meaning i have mostly just been sketching and exploring designs in line, so there hasn't been much to show until now.
The idea is that this hermit astronomer has taken over a dormant volcano - flooded it and built an observatory. Using the water source and rich soil he is fairly self sustainable over long periods and can observe the stars in peace.
"Every century, the people from the land travel to this sacred place to commemorate its history. The ceremony takes place in the old castle of those who once ruled here, lying atop a cliff, out-looking its plains and mountains; the same mountains that stood as a holdfast versus intruders of all shapes. The gateway to the sanctuary was built by The First, as a landmark of new conquering."
Eve of the Ceremony! My first matte painting. This was a blast making!