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Grave Wax Siren Keyshot

Painting of the Grave Wax Siren, from my earlier concept: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/zDoY54

The aim of this conceptual painting is provide some story and inspiration for the character within the context of her environment.

The Siren is known for alluring onlookers into an impending doom, which I wanted to replicate through the composition - I wanted the keylight around her face to draw the viewer towards the Siren's beauty, before exploring the painting further to find the grotesque hidden in the shadows.
This journey through the composition also reinforces the prompt given to me within the brief: "What horrors lurk beneath the Ocean's surface?"

I had a lot of debate with this piece when it came to balancing the brightness of the image, but in the end I went with keeping it quite dark to reinforce the conceptual themes and keep the mood right.

3d blockout in Blender

3d blockout in Blender

paintover

paintover

early thumbnails

early thumbnails

composition testing

composition testing

early concept

early concept

early concept

early concept

early concept

early concept