. The left side is hers, the right side is mine. It was great to work with you and I'm very pleased with the result! Still a little amazed, too, that we actually finished it in a reasonable amount of time.
All done with coloured pencils and pastels.
In this picture we see the precious moments before an epic fight between two worlds starts. Literally between two worlds - the purple that marks the center is a portal from the lands of Omnia to the grassy burial mounds of Seelon.
On the right side we see Damna, cursed bearer of the Red Hand and later King of Newlands. He used to be a good person, but life has been unkind to him, to say the least. The Red Hand is a sign of dark times coming ahead and its bearer is bound to do ill. When he tries to help one person, more people suffer. Damna tried to be honest in a world full of lies. The biggest liar became the hero, and for him there was nothing but oblivion. It didn't take long for him to grow bitter and seek revenge. He tricked a demon into granting him immortality and eternal youth - the demon paid him back by turning his hair grey. Later Damna will conquer the entire North continent and rule for thirty years with an iron fist. Or rather a blood-red fist. The bearer of the Red Hand cannot escape his destiny.
At this point in life, Damna is a treasure hunter, a seeker of legendary Instruments: artifacts that have been granted special powers by demons. His red dragonscale armor makes him as good as invulnerable to normal weapons, the sword at his side is so sharp it can cut easily through solid rock and the Skull Staff gives him control over the dead. This last Instrument is now being put to use, as Damna is calling an ancient army from its grave (see the skeletal hand at the right?).
The creepy red flying baby is Convalessus, Demon of Making Stronger. Behind Damna we see Caminus, Demon of Hearth, with his fiery hair and fists. Next is Caedes, Demon of Plundering, a particularly nasty servant of Olena, Goddess of Hate, whom we see looking at the scene in the top right corner. Olena is not likely to help her children, she's merely interested in seeing what will happen next. Perhaps even amused. The dragon is sent by Owenar, God of Fire, to keep an eye on things and interfere if necessary. The dragons and Damna are not on good terms with each other. For some reason, dragons don't like him much for wearing their skin and slaughtering their kin (he's rather old-fashioned, knights slay dragons and marry princesses. Since he failed to get married, he's compensating by killing more dragons).
So what is this fight all about? As mentioned, Damna is a collector of legendary items. And what artifact holds greater power than the Book of Knowledge? The fact that it's located in an entirely different world doesn't keep him from trying to obtain it. He must have it, you see. He must achieve the impossible and finally become a true legend himself. Though as always, his actions have great and dire consequences.
This brings us to the left side of the picture. The Goddess of Knowledge is not pleased that her book is stolen and worse, is almost out of her reach. And so she sends forth her chosen heroes, her champions, to retrieve the book and close that damn portal before all is lost. Below the Goddess, with spread wings, we see the angel Zach. One of the two oldest angels alive, Zach is the embodiment of the perfect warrior. When he fights with his sword and wings, every battle quickly turns into a dance of death, with him playing the part of the grim reaper. Below him, there is the half elf Lucianus, a favored priest of the Goddess of Knowledge. Besides knowing more trivia than any man alive, Lucianus is a master of healing and a master of an obscure form of martial arts, which allows him to harden his skin into armor and to use his hands as magical weapons. Beside him, stands the angelic sorceress Caitlin, the other one of the two oldest angels alive. Caitlin is a Seeker, it's her job to search out those who defy the Goddess, to read the souls of those men, and to use that knowledge against them. When Caitlin's angered she becomes an unstoppable force of nature, raining down fire and death upon her enemies. Then there is the sorcerer and necromancer Eris, guardian of the Book of Knowledge. Eris is not happy with the Book being stolen from her grasp and when Eris is unhappy people die, many of them and usually painfully. Beside her, is the paladin Tarrant, the second guardian of the Book of Knowledge. While usually a nice guy, Tarrant becomes a fierce warrior when someone threatens the world he’s sworn to protect. Last but not least, there is Sven, a demontouched warrior who’s destiny, coincidentally, it also is to become King of the North (or that’s what the two angels keep telling him at least). All of them are eager to spill some blood and/or bring justice. All of them have worked together before and their teamwork has brought down an evil God. So, a few demons, a few skeletons, a collector of shiny baubles and a dragon shouldn’t pose much of a problem, right? According to them they should just get the fight over with and have a beer or three afterwards (well, not Caitlin and Lucianus, but the rest of them certainly).