I painted this after reading a big book on the works of hieronymus bosch. It's also partly based on John Howe's illustrations of the balrog from Lord of the Rings. The backround is supposed to look like a small rocky island at night. I didn't intend it too look like hell, but more like Earth during or after the apocalypse (how ever that may come to pass). I used a lot of paint spattering effects to create the ashy air and the bloody sea-spray, and thin stroking motions to paint the demon, which I intended to appear as if composed of smoke and molten rock.