I was fortunate enough to have this painting selected as an ILM favorite in the challenge :)
The brief was for a keyframe showing the meeting of this new race, the Danji, with the Rebel Alliance.
I wanted an environment that was very alien and remote. A place you wouldn't want to stay long, but very memorable for such an important beat in the story. I began looking at imagery of sulfur pools and volcanic lakes from New Zealand, wanting to merge these highly saturated sulfuric forms with the starkness and bleakness of volcanic rock.