ArtWar V Winner, 3rd Place 2D category.

This year's ArtWAr challenge on Cubebrush was about picking an emblematic chracter from one contry.
I'm now living in Brazil and been struck by this story of a thriving kingdom built in the forest by escaped slaves in order to survive their Portuguese oppressors.
This kingdom sheltered nearly 20.000 souls for 90 years.
Here are Wikipedia articles with details of this captivating story.
I initially learned about it in the documentary "Guerras do Brazil" that depicts the largest wars that have occurred in this country, while underlining that there is still in a way different types of social and racial wars occurring in the country, as if, sadly, Brazil, despite all the beauty, was stuck in cycles of violence since it's inception.

Final illustration.

Final illustration.

Front/back design and research.

Front/back design and research.

Line-art design over 3d render.

Line-art design over 3d render.

3d render, blender cycles.

3d render, blender cycles.

Gravity Sketch blocking for the scene.

Gravity Sketch blocking for the scene.

Quick mood concept.

Quick mood concept.

Refining the design.

Refining the design.

Final design leads.

Final design leads.

Iterating on design leads.

Iterating on design leads.

Researching design leads.

Researching design leads.