Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First look at Toturia

It took many months, but we're finally done with the matte paintings! Here's a look at the entrance of Toturia, a vast underground city hidden under the mountains of Vermont (no, really!).

Above is the depiction of an important scene. Here's the actual passage:


As soon as the elevator doors opened, a gush of warm air rushed in the cabin. It flew over me, through me, like I was being cleansed. I took one step forward and lights came on. They might have been on all along; I was just beginning to get a sense of the place. I felt the uneven ground under my feet, but it wasn’t rock. My senses finally became more attuned. My nostrils picked up the scent of humid air. My nose swore it smelt trees and yet, my head knew it was impossible. No vegetation could live so deep underground. I looked up, perhaps instinctively, trying to look for a window, or something. All I saw was darkness: an opaque, black wall of air. I finally noticed the stone pathway that lay before me, serpenting towards a mist of bright light. I looked over my shoulder at Emilie, who nodded. She looked so calm and composed; it was all the reassurance I needed.

I began walking. The further I got, the stronger the scent was. I was panting, not out of fatigue, but exhilaration. What could possibly lie ahead, hidden under the mountains of Vermont? As soon as I crossed the mist, it was all unveiled, and I almost shit my pants.

I first saw feet. Big ass feet made of stone. The statue they belonged to was at least one hundred feet tall. Its body was definitely human, but the head was feline with prominent teeth. Two big red rubies took the place of its eyes, and the right arm held what looked like a sword made of diamonds. I was transfixed into place, unable to look at anything else but the gigantic sculpture. Once I overtook the shock, I saw it. And when I say it, I mean the sight of a lifetime.

An entire city stood in front of me. It wasn’t a sinister or dark place like I would have thought, but a glowing sight of beauty that could only take your breath away. The sound of running water finally reached my ears and in one instant, everything became alive. It was, quite simply, immaculate.

Click here for full resolution image of Toturia!

1 comment:

aspiring_x said...

that picture is just... wow!!!
*stares in awe*