Act of Treason
oil on paper on board/digital, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast
So what can I say about this guy? The art request asked that I show an noble of the aristocratic Orzhov guild losing his mind in a "carnarium", which is like sadomasochistic circus with cuts of meat hanging from the ceiling. In his delirium, he has cut open his fine robes skewered the skin of his belly and arms. For reference, I looked at a lot of pictures of hindu festivals, where some skewer their flesh, even hanging weights on them in displays of faith and mind over matter. This, however, is the toned down version.
Originally there was blood, and cuts on his arms, as you can see in the submitted sketch, which was approved. Seeing this in the finish, in color and more clearly rendered was way too vivid and graphically violent. I went a little overboard, and the image in this state would never be approved. I was asked to take the blood and the cuts out, which was done digitally.