The latest Chronicles of Elyria newsletter has been published that show off some pretty amazing concept art in its spotlight, "Lighting the World". The concepts are designed to show how various lighting effects will be applied to the game across different times of day and in different biomes. The letter also shows off "furring" a Dryas Elk, weather effects on grass, website improvements and much more.
Almost anyone in the games or film space would tell you that lighting is one of the single most important visual elements. Not only does it set the mood and ambiance, but it can be the difference between the end product looking professional versus amateurish. Consider lighting between a daytime soap opera and a primetime television show. A lot of the perceived quality is a result of the lighting.
Check out the full update on the Chronicles of Elyria site.