With this second drawing I've started incorporating a fortress around the trees adding to the sacred quality as if it were being guarded. The serpent kingdom then continues down to the sea floor as in the first sketch.
Here I started working more with pattern (which is prominent in Lithuanian folk art) and give it more purpose. Towards the top there is symmetry and order while towards the serpent kingdom disorder.
After my latest tutorial with Phil it's clear that I need to start working on colour and setting the mood since my main goal is high quality textures and lighting. Also we talked about the scene being too much as a whole and that I should cut down on modelling or find a stylistic approach that can go around it. So my project direction from here will be, while working on finalising the design style, to create colour palettes and also figure out exactly how much I want/need to model.