With summer in mind, I moved into brainstorming possible solutions in terms of a visual direction. Because of the occult nature of Holy Mountain’s existing imagery, I was drawn to certain folklore and metaphorical stories as well as the idea of rituals and the pagan religion as inspiration. I began exploring certain concepts related to summer. I came across Litha, which is the pagan holiday that celebrates the summer solstice, worshiping the sun for all that it gives. I felt like this was perfect to pull inspiration from.
I started out sketching visuals and originally was leaning in the direction of representing Litha as a female figure but I also was drawn to the idea of hands reaching up toward the Sun, a literal depiction of worship. In my exploratory sketches summer foliage was also a visual I played with as well as fire, representing summer heat or summer sun. I took into consideration how I might incorporate other more metaphorical meanings of summer, like death and rebirth.