The request was to draw the elf Arya from "Eragon," by Christopher Paolini, watching the sun rise from the tree tops in Ellesmera. She has a dream of this while she is imprisoned in Gil'ead and going through the nightmare of torture and interrogation at the hand of the shade, Durza. Hence the title of the piece....
So the reason why the background is kind of abstract and weird is because it's a dream. Or because it was my attempt at somehow making it look like a dream.
Oh, and I would like to thank my brother
(check out his gallery!! now!!) for his frequent and helpful suggestions while I was working on this.
Anyway, it was a really fun piece to do. Hope you like it!