This illustration was a commission for the author, Grace Draven, for her new novel (just out) "Master of Crows." She contacted me to ask me to do an alternate cover for use in promotional publications, featuring the hero from "Master of Crows."
Silhara, the titular crow-mage, was a joy to work on. I'm used to drawing guys with more regular features and Silhara's harsher ones were a challenge. (I've heard him compared to Alan Rickman, but I don't see it. I was shooting more for Michael Wincott.) Trying to capture Silhara's unique combination of haughtiness, harshness, and sexiness was a neat challenge.
I also got to read the advanced copy of "Master of Crows." It's very good, and I highly recommend it. If you're interested in checking it out or purchasing a copy you can find more information here: [link]
Please note: because this was a commission for a specific use, I will not relicense it for other uses, nor is it permitted to be used for avatars, sigs, tubes, tags, wallpaper, etc. Please do not use.