For this months Cotm I chose Character and Environment #3, which seemed to be a very common choice. However it was also for me the best choice. This theme gave me the opportunity do things I had never even pondered until know. I also believe that when you are given parameters such as these and you compete and compare to many other with the same parameters it forces you to be better, to be more creative and more imagination.
Going in to this piece I made the mistake of doing very little planning, this mainly due to the fact that I was forced to cram around 15 hours of work into two days and so i put all my effort into getting a finished piece rather than a perfect one. So I started with character without thinking of the rest. The problem was that I did not know how he would be situated, where the maze would go or where to place the alter. Repeating my mistake again I started the background ignoring the problem of the alter. Once that was completed I realized that I had left no space for the alter, and so I called it a night.
The following morning I had yet to find an answer, and so I decided to truly pick apart my piece. Moving this there and changing shadow and light, when I realized I had only two of three things every piece needs. I had of course my subject The Wizards Orc and I had my background, but I had no foreground. And so i set to work on the alter, and started playing with perspective until I arrived at the piece before you.
To say I struggled with this piece is an understatement, but I am however very happy that i did finish it and I did put in the effort. Once again thank you to Jazza for this incredible opportunity and for encouraging the "Arty Party" to do great things.