Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
Take a look at Timofey Stepanov‘s works, deeply inspired by Dark Souls franchise. His original character Bell Crow was recreated by Zrinko Kozlica. These works are filled with mystery and magic, so take some time to dive into the details.
He also has great Witcher 3 art: