This is a re-worked piece from some time ago. I had sketched a vaguely religious looking alien creature a while back that seemed like it might be a good basis for one of the alien races in my space opera project.
I added some graphic design elements that were drawn with pencil and paper, and overlaid some filter effects to tie everything together. One thing I am toying with lately as I try to evolve as an illustrator (as opposed to a concept designer) is to work in these kinds of extra "layers" of information and texture. Usually when I am working as a concept artist, I am trying to make the image read as simply and clearly as possible, without any extra ornamentation.
Anyway, comments are welcome.