This is a comic book cover done for a manga mini-series pitch. I was given a written brief, describing the character and setting, as well as certain style guidelines (dramatic, dynamic, colorful, gritty, etc.) The character and scene captured my imagination, so I took the concept and ran with it - until I ended up with this image!
You could call this piece 2-and-a-half-D, because I created a 3D mockup of the scene in 3ds Max and then painted over it in Photoshop.
This painting was a valuable learning experience for me, as well as a personal test of my abilities. I set my goals high on this one, pushing myself to create an image as detailed and polished as I could. What do you think?