This week's ChoW was Gaia, the ancient Greek personification of the Earth and nature.
Full image and process breakdown after the jump.
In Greek vase painting, Gaia is depicted as a woman emerging from the ground. In later Roman mosaics, she appears reclining on the earth. I wanted to have a little of both.
I settled on the blue-green palette pretty quickly - it seemed an obvious choice. I did a bit more rendering than I'm completely comfortable with - usually I try to pull back the shadows and highlights to a bare minimum and let the line and value do most of the work.