My midterm project for my Art for Games class. We were to take the prompt “underground city with castle and make a landscape concept piece. My idea was to make an upscale, JRPG looking city with a race of people specifically evolved around the idea. Before the race became civilized, they had to adapt to their dark and rocky surroundings. I figured they would development some sort of heightened hearing, hence the large ears, and they’d need the ability to maneuver around rocky terrain, hence the claws and sharp figure.
I wanted to challenge myself, so I attempted to include a lot of artificial light bouncing around a naturally dim area all while the major light source is artificial as well (the large castle in the background). Every time I thought I was done I went back, shook my head no, and tweaked the lighting. I like how it came out, but I think I can do better next time.