This image was created as a social media engagement piece for Diablo 3. While Diablo 3 has a global audience, this localized celebration of Independence Day utilizes the long-standing, oft-hinted cow portal joke, a Barbarian chef, and a specialized Diablo icon, all while sporting a patriotic palette.
This was also my first jump into animation and GIF creation. In order to be eye catching on social media, I designed it to appear like a still image, but utilize somewhat subtle lighting animations, such as the glowing portal, flickering rays, red-flashing eye, weapon glint, etc. to draw interest and engagement. The GIF was compressed to a reasonable size using the Gifsicle command line tool.