For each challenge we interchangeably give ourselves an idea or topic to illustrate and a short, specified time to execute it in whatever shape or form... of course, without knowing what the others are going to come up with.
This week's topic is ~maudt's idea: Dying Earth. Exploring the motifs of death, decay and the ecological disaster that is the state of our planet.
I thought I won't manage this time for the challenge's deadline, but at least I found some time for a wip. I had countless ideas, but nothing good, so I did what I'm usually doing when no inspiration strikes me - I took lots of random textured brushes, doodled abstract things, blurred, erased, repeated, sharpened, flipped etc. I keep doing it until I find the shapes interesting enough to start developing some forms out of it. In here the background is still in between - some bits are blurred or textured blots, some already have more shape.
As for the girl - expect, well, more balloons I used `lockstock's picture as a ref for her hands. Not final yet, but it will probably change a bit in the end anyway. It's a wip, so it just shows a general atmosphere the final piece will have. Or, knowing me, the final piece might end up looking completely different. It's one of those pieces that constantly change from the beginning as I develop new shapes and ideas for it. It actually started with a lantern in the deep forest, divided by a big gap in the earth with some lava flowing.. I might actually publish earlier steps with the finished piece, they're really.. not similar to this.
Ohoho yes, I'm watching you. XD I added you the second I saw this picture heh. Your art is absoflippinlutely gorgeous. Well I'm very very glad you're finishing this picture, can't wait to see the finished result!
Wow. Just... wow. The apocalypse and balloons? I love that idea. I've been searching around for more artwork like this and I can't find anything. You carried it out beautifully, too. I applaud your artistic skill and your concept.