Maxwell and co. paddled up the underground river in near total darkness, because candles hardly give any light. When they reached their first major obstacle, a large smooth rock that barred the way, they lit a magnesium wire to figure out where they were, and...
It took me a while to figure out how to illustrate the inside of the grotto. I could have used my usual lineart but such a high level of definition wouldn't have been faithful to what it really feels like, so I settled on this impressionistic effect. Amazing what you can do with a single brush
It's effing painstaking but the subject deserves no less!
The stalagmite/stalactite are Fimo with varnish drops. They're not very clear on screen but the effect is wicked in print.