John gave me the following Brief:
“The setting is an elegant library with carved rosewood–as if the Sistine Chapel and a library crossed.
The focus, though, is on a painting hanging on the wall.
It is of a woman, wearing a beautiful, full-length gown as if going to a ball, and she is holding a deep-red rose. She has long, black hair and green eyes.
The portrait should have Diane sitting down, looking toward the spine of the book. Behind her, in the painting, a forest green (or some green that looks nice) tapestry with a unicorn (just enough to recognize it as such, if possible.
Diane has a slender nose and hypnotic eyes, and a wonderful smile. The smile is important. It doesn’t have to show teeth, just obviously a smile. She should be wearing a corset. The library, which I assume would be mostly on the back, would be of books and scrolls.”
To create the library I started with the amazing free “3D Mandelbulb Ray Tracer”.
I made multiple renders and edited them together to create the basic structure and then went on to add lots of details.
Inspiration can come from many places.