first vis dev project of the semester done!!
we had to design an environment and character based on the original legend of El Dorado which was based on the initiation ceremony one of the rulers of the Muisca people called the Zipa. the Zipa would be painted in gold dust and dive into lake Guatavita [near present-day Bogota, Colombia], and then toss gold into the lake as an offering to their gods. one of the stories about the Zipa involved a serpent god of the lake and i took it and ran.
basically my Zipa is a bad guy who wants to make a deal with the serpent god for power in exchange for gold [i’m thinking my serpent is kinda like Smaug lol]. the fine print is that the Zipa is basically possessed by the god and turns into a monster. yay!
this was a super fun experience tho just because we had so much /freedom/ in terms of style and story and seeing this all compiled together is really neat to see how far the designs had come from their initial ideations, especially with the character. so much work for one character i never gave a name to haha.