I am glad I made it across the finish line on time, even if I couldn't do everything I had in mind (but then, when can you ever?)
The first one is called "The Last Astronaut", it is the result of an idea I had while listening to a song of the same name. The scene I imagined was one of an alien macro-explorer getting cought in a violent eruption. Wings ruined, he has to engage the emergency thruster for a quick escape. I was aiming for a dramatic mood, kinda ran out of time tough so I couldn't quite finish it the way I wanted to. About 2.5 mil polies, a couple of 4K textures. Rendered at full HD for a good hour.
The second picture came about from a looking at a small clay figure a kindergarden kid did. A bit later I was struck with the picture of said figure eating it's way out of a chocolate egg (a very popular brand sweet in Germany and Austria, if anyone recognises them . 1.3 mil polies. Rendered for ~4 hours at 2480x3508 (A4, 300dpi).
Everything except the HDRI backgrounds was made by me.