I started this piece back in January but didn't work on it for a while, since I was either too exhausted , or too afraid of screwing it up. Interior Paintings combine all the things I'm afraid of and not good in. But you can only improve if you get out of your comfort zone, right?
So what's this? It originally started out as a random sketch of a random anvil, because I wanted to practice prop design. This turned into a full interior, then into an elven inspired smithy and then into Celebrimbors Smithy. Celebrimbor is a character of Tolkien, the elf that forged the rings. I never played Shadows of Mordor and I have no idea if there are any official concepts of his smithy. Couldn't find any. This is just my own take on it, tho I included the hammer he has with him in the game.
I really fought my way through this and got mentally exhausted by this piece. I wonder if it gets easier some day?
Process can be seen on my website: www.christinakraus-art.com/#/c…
P.S. Great to see that you included the hammer he has in the game; I love that hammer!
But sometimes you choose aesthetic over realisism in art and fantasy illustration, when it needs to look special and different. It doesn't have to be realistic all the time.
Your work is really well done!