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I really wanted to go outside my comfort zone for this one. I wanted the somber feeling to fit the peace. It was a different concept than something I'd normally think, but I just had this in my head and really like the way it came out, even if it goes against my normal way of stylizing. Even from a realism sense, I usually like to give everything more "character". I like to draw the details, and it's hard to leave aspects like the face in a less distinct direct approach. Still, once again, I think it was for this best when it comes to this piece.
My first thought was pretty generic; monsters, demons, fire and brimstone, destruction...Pretty much the standard apocalypse, and seeing my normal fantasy works, it was pretty likely for me to do. Instead I thought a different approach would be a fun change for me, even if it wasn't as dynamic a picture as "epic battles" would have been. Ha ha.
A lot of special meanings in each of the objects and reasoning for choices, but I'll leave it to you, the viewer, to take from it what you will. I tried to leave many elements open to where they could be taken from a different point of view if you saw fit, for instance, some might take it that the background is merely in his head and is a metaphor for what's happening to him, or to take it quite literal. It was just fun to put so much concept in every part of the piece.