The winged creature, a Leirbag, is roosting in a tree that has a parasitic plant. Much like mistletoe, this plant is attached to the branches of the tree through which it absorbs nutrients from the host tree. This in turn causes the tree to develop a striped pattern along its peripheral branches and to develop eyes, two of which can be seen in this illustration. Because of the Leirbag’s camouflage skin tone, this tree provides the ideal environment to safely roost for the evening. The blooms of the parasitic plant are iridescent, providing a warm, welcoming glow for the Leirbag. The naturally occurring basin in the trunk of the tree provides a source of drink for the Leirbags. It is laced with reproductive spores of the parasitic plant that will be carried to the next tree by the Leirbag In the background, next to the cave, are four mega steles, one of which is lying face up. The heavily walled tower is a type which leaves the viewer to question its function and purpose. In the foreground, among the stones and roots, are four faces, two of which are staring back, silently observing the viewers reaction to this image.
Just a quick note: I currently have another WIP posted. This work takes place on the other side of the mountain on which the ancient tower rests. I find it an interesting, although not new, concept to illustrate the same place but from a different vantage point.
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