first of two illustrations for the Future Fire ezine http://futurefire.net/2010.19/index.html
The story is Daughters of Hralln, by C.L. Rossman, which you should go read right now ‘cause it’s really good.
also in black & white (ink only) (see my gallery)
Medium is ink & digital color
I was a little hesitant about my vision of the Tautschen. I didn’t want them to be too “Avatar” in form, but looking back at pictures of the na’vi I don’t think there’s that much similarity (and if you read the story there’s very little I think)
I will say it was great fun looking up reference pictures for the crater. I don’t suppose I really captured the scale of a meteor crater of that magnitude, but with this composition envisioned pretty much from the start, I knew the best I could really do was with the figures in the distance being very small. However I still wanted them visible enough to be distinct as characters. I think it turned out well enough.
Oh, and another WONDERFUL thing! Future Fire has managed to start paying ALL their artists, not just the one chosen for the cover. Yay Future Fire! Yay Me getting paid! Yay Everybody getting paid, ’cause all the artwork is great too!