Piece I created for the ongoing Dark Horse Witcher 3 Fan Art Contest. Been wanting to do a scene from the Witcher books for a while and this is the scene from the opening of Blood of Elves where Ciri is having a dream/nightmare about the fall of Cintra. It always conjured a powerful image in my head and I hope i did it justice.
The street is on fire, a roaring red wall of flame. Silhouetted before it, a rider towers over the flaming roofs, enormous. His black-caparisoned horse prances, tosses its head, neighs. The rider stares down at her. Ciri sees his eyes gleaming through the slit in his huge helmet, framed by a bird of prey's wings. She sees the fire reflected in the broad blade of the sword held in his lowered hand.
The rider looks at her. Ciri is unable to move. The dead man's motionless arms wrapped around her waist hold her down. She is locked in place by something heavy and wet with blood, something which is lying across her thigh, pinning her to the ground.
And she is frozen in fear: a terrible fear which turns her entrails inside out, which deafens Ciri to the screams of the wounded horse, the roar of the blaze, the cries of dying people and the pounding drums. The only thing which exists, which counts, which still has any meaning, is fear. Fear embodied in the figure of a black knight wearing a helmet decorated with feathers frozen against the wall of raging, red flames.
Very good, probably my favorite art inspired by the books. Little note: the knight has full black outfit including the cape, but I know that everyone imagine it differently. In my head the helmet has only feathers at the side but not a whole wing, I wish I could create something like this.... Fantastic work! I'm eager to see more art like this (not from the game). You know, what I don't like about the games is that they barely used the books. We don't see that emotional parts in the story, there is no character development. The book is different, amazing, impressive, emotional and intriguing. I just bought all parts (on E-book) and I'm already at the third book (The Blood of Elves) and I can hardly put it down. Sorry, I just had to type this. Keep up the good work!
Nope, didn't land anything, but really appreciate it! Unfortunately they allowed works not created specifically for the contest and seemed to have a soft spot for more sequential type pieces. However, I don't want to knock the winners, they had great pieces and were certainly deserving of winning.