This was a commissioned artwork for the cover of the album "(Sad) songs of hope" by german Melodic Rock/Metal band ToJa (www.toja-rock.com/uk/news.php
, will be out in June ).
I was only given the title and the info that it should show opposites. So I could develop my own ideas without a strict guideline! That's how I like to work!
It was really fun and the band and label were blast away by the outcome!
A really satisfying way to work!
It's painted in Painter with a Wacom tablet, almost a week of work (guess about 30 hours), almost completely without reference (except the parrot and peacock).
Btw. the band chose to take a slightly different version without the parrot and with a flying peacock (located where the parrot is) instead of a squatting one. But I like this version better so I share it with you.