Last Thursday I happened to click on the monthly art challenge thread because the title intrigued me, and an appropriate idea instantly popped into my head. I haven't done a monthly art challenge in a while and I desperately needed a short break from my nearly non-stop work on the Polaris, so I decided to go for it. I started by looking up some reference images and sketching out the concept I had in mind, which I refined down to this within an hour or so: I was busy and couldn't do any more on it until yesterday afternoon, but once I got rolling it started coming together remarkably fast, by my usual standards anyway: I worked almost straight through until midnight, adding the first splash of color just before shutting down and crawling into bed. I had been trying to figure out what to use for a background when an idea suddenly came to me this morning while sitting in church, of all places: A tunnel leading out of darkness into light? A metaphor for Picard's redemption from what the Borg did to him? Call it what you will, the theme works. And my last WIP image for the day, expanding on the color and overall mood for the piece: Obviously I have a ways left to go, particularly on the background, as well as some more tubes and wires and doo-dads for the pile of Borg parts, some texture overlays and a few other things, but I hope to have it finished off within the next day or two. I'm still feeling out this whole color business, and this level of composition is pretty new to me also, so any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.