This is my offering for the Seventh Sanctum Fantasy Folk Contest
I was looking for something pretty to do, but for some reason this description struck me:
"The diminutive race. They have no eyes. Their magical practices tend to focus on alchemy. They are only interested in religion for practical value. They barely control a swampy country. The goddess that created them in turn abandoned them."
I instantly got an image of this little muppet type guy (for want of a better word) working away in this makeshift alchemy lab in a swamp. I'm not really skilled enough yet to pull off what I wanted, but I think it's a fair attempt. I started off just drawing the one in the middle and I was going to submit him alone, but I thought I'd have a go at the swamp, then somehow he got a friend. The trees got the better of me, but never mind. I probably shouldn't complain. It was pretty ambitious for my first ever background!
Right, about the race. I call them Grimkins and they average 3 - 3 1/2 feet in height. They have no eyes, but with their large noses they have an excellent sense of smell. They also have long hollow tendrils instead of hair that reach all the way to the waters of the swamp that detect vibrations. The little alchemist in the picture has cut one of his off and is using it as a tube for his experiments. You can just see it sticking out of the bottle he's working on at the moment.
**Forgot to add - all drawn in Photoshop CS3