I wanted to create an illustration that told the story of a person's lifelong quest to find their embodiment of the holy grail. The cluttered desktop shows the life of our world traveler and hints at what must have unfolded on his epic journey.
The definitive inspiration for this piece came from a childhood fascination with Indiana Jones. This piece and its focal point were specifically inspired by an old game I used to play called Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
A labor of love developed in pieces over a few years, the primary idea stemmed from creating the Atlantean relic which holds a sacred sapphire in its heart. From there, the concept for the rest of the piece developed over time into what you see in the final illustration.
Created in Blender 2.8, 2.79b, partially textured in Substance Painter, rendered in Cycles, and composited in Photoshop.
99%+ of the assets were generated from scratch for this project -- hence the odyssey it took to finish.