A rather long while ago russian TES-fan portal ESN along with a digital distribution store gamazavr.ru held an illustration contest - Traces of Death (or "faces of", to be precise in translation)
"Faces of Death" - a theme dedicated to murders in the world of TES. What does the victim see in the last moments of their life, what appears before the Emperor in his nightmares, what causes trembling in the knees of Riften guards' at night..."
It's an Elder Scrolls contest
Its theme quite eerie and moody.
So I entered.
Here there be sketchez:
And the final piece
started with doodling
the idea up on paper
understood what composition I want.
sketched a few variants of the main char.
sketched up the piece
the way I want to get it done