The brief for the contest was to create illustrations based on the idea of amulets. Amulets can be anything that a person thinks holds power. It can be anything from a rabbit's foot, to a favorite pencil, to a talisman imbued with the power of ancient spirits by a shaman.
The first amulet I decided to illustrate was a Norse Mjölnir pendant. Mjölnir was the Norse god Thor's hammer, and pendants were widely used for protection and strength in battle.
I decided on Jötunn as the antagonists in the illustration, and after a cat-water accident, came to this final piece: