Name: Robert Ræder
I was reading about this contest and thought it seemed like something that would fit me very well, as environments and landscapes are what I have most experience with. Fantasy is what I enjoy the most, so that will be my genre.
My story is very basic, but I hope it works out and makes some sense. What's known as the old world has been submerged/sunken due to violent torrents of rain, and now only the tallest spires stretch themselves tall enough to poke through the surface of these newborn lakes and oceans. Any new structure must be built on top of a hill or mountain if it hopes to survive the harsh new circumstances this world is facing!
Below you can find my concept sheet and the final illustration. I ended up doing a bunch of super quick thumbnails, and once I found an idea I was happy with I pretty much jumped straight into the full painting. I did a couple of cloud studies in order to get a somewhat better grasp of how to handle the sky, and I did some basic line art to try and get the castle down more concrete.