I'm still on a Viking kick. This time I wanted to create a whole scene that tells a little bit of a story. I love this character so much I didn't want the background to take away from him. I tried to keep the BG as simple as I could while framing the main characters. I had a lot of fun working with the reflective light of the fire and the cast shadows that are created by that strong light source. It makes the illustration much more dramatic.