A skull study, but also a style-experiment. I love the painterly look and feel, while it also gives the skull a unique character.
this was more of a fun sketch stage where I wasn't quite sure if I liked it, or even where I wanted the light coming from.
Changed the levels around to give a better contrast, and also brings out the blues in the cool shades I was using.
Finished shading, giving it a more clean look, and helps the values a lot
Added some gold accents, partially because I like the flourish, but also it seems to give the skull more volume with something actually behind it?
It somewhat ruins the "Skull coming up from a lake" feel though.