"They burned and poisoned the land, felled the great trees, slaughtered the animals...They're coming for the essence of Gaia. Empusa, we need you."
Black and white thumbnails to explore composition and design.
I referenced rainforests and ancient temples for the environment, and a flower mantis for Empusa. Her name also stems from the Family of plant mimicking mantises, Empusidae. The concept of the illustration is to depict a scene of Empusa's arrival, and the essence stone she guards. I experimented with different environments and camera lengths.
This assignment was extremely challenging for me as this workflow is new to me, and I work better with lines than paint.