My official entry for the contest being held by Rift and DA.
I tried going for a humanoid being with a gaunt and sickly looking features being something from the realm of death. To combat it's frail looking exterior I decided that a menacing furnace of broiling arcane magic flowing through it would make it not only physically powerful, but also capable of casting earth-shattering spells.
I had a great experience while making this and learned a lot in the process.
Good luck to everyone who entered! I've got my fingers crossed because there are a lot of great entries!
tools: CS4, CS5 and Tablet.