Cover Art for
"From a High Tower"
This is the original sketch I did for Mercedes Lackey's new Elemental Masters novel. "From a High Tower" takes place in Germany and the heroine is working for a Wild West Show. This of course excited me because I haven't done anyone in western costume since art college.
Some photos as reference - Miss Annie Oakley and my son posing as a falling villain.
But with input from the author and publisher, it was decided it would look too much like a western instead of a fantasy story, and the heroine's outfit turned into a feminine version of a Bavarian huntsman's jacket and hat. Also the magical symbols and wind in the background didn't tie in with the title well, so the tower was added. So a few changes from the original idea, but all for the better, and here is the finished art.
|Oils on gessoed illustration board|