Working on a series of similar projects is a good way to keep focussed and practice specific skills - in this case, I spent a little time working on my weapon design skills.
For personal/portfolio work, I spent a little time on three concepts - The Meteor Sword, The Stag Axe, and Shields of the Sun and Moon. Each of these needed slightly different approaches and skills, and I'm pleased with the results that came out of it.
I seem to get a lot of joy out of rendering materials and diving into the details of painting, which hopefully comes across in each of these images. They were also a good exercise at creating interesting shapes and designs along a theme - bringing forest materials into the Stag Axe, for example, and exploring intricate jewellery-like details for the Meteor Sword.
If you're looking for a lesson on weapon design, I'd recommend taking a look at this class by Jenny Brozek. Jenny's work is a bit more stylised than mine shown here, but the videos go through her process and thoughts while she works, and was an interesting watch while I worked on a process of my own.
Thanks for reading!