one was inspired by a Hindu creation myth. In the story, Vishnu sleeps
on the serpent of eternity in the cosmic ocean before heaven and earth
exist. Then from the depths of the universe, the humming of om
awakes him. As the long night of eternity comes to an end, a lotus flower
blossoms from Vishnu's naval. On the lotus sits Brahma. Vishnu tells
Brahma to create the world, which was to last 432,000 years.
you can see, I took some liberties, dispensing with the gods, and boiling
the idea down to its mysterious essence. Here the cosmos erupts directly
from the lotus while the serpent stands guard. The serpent is a potent
symbol in many mythologies. Joseph Campbell suggests this due to the
serpent's ability to shed its skin which can be seen as a kind of rebirth.
In Buddhism, a serpent, representing the power of the earth, shields
the Buddha from the elements as he strives to achieve enlightenment.
had a great time creating the scales of the serpent, and believe you
me it wasn't easy. Click HERE
for a detail.