This independent piece was inspired by Bethesda's open world video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The game is set within a fictional world designed alike to European fantasy lore and consisting of expansive wilderness, towns, villages, castles, dungeons and ruins. It includes a wide array of creatures including Wraiths, Daedra, Trolls, Werewolves and most notably, Dragons.
Primarily the purpose of the project was to create a menu modification to display before the player started the game. The digital painting itself was inspired by areas of Skyrim's mountainous landscape and includes various tropes of the game including nords, ruins, dragons and the aurora which appears at night. Elements of the painting were then animated such as the water and waterfall flowing, grass swaying, clouds and fog moving, the dragon stirring and finally the day to night transition.
An extract from the Skyrim soundtrack and the menu user interface were then added to complete the aesthetic.