Princeps - a book cover

-By Donato

A new book cover for Tor Books, the fifth in a series of novels authored by L.E. Modesitt Jr. These have been a true pleasure to tackle as the main character is a scholar 'magician', and seeks to place others before himself. A great alternative to the overly ambitious alpha hero. With the later trait in mind, the protagonist taps the government treasury to feed and care for the poor, placing himself at risk of violent repercussions from the wealthy landowners and fearful of military reprisals.

The ambiguity of elements in this painting is what makes it all work for me- Is it snowing? Ash falling? Mana from heaven? And is that a statue behind him or a rider just too close for comfort?
You decide.

Wish I had more to share...but as much as I like my computer, nothing compares to the bliss of creating art at the drafting table. Back to the studio... Enjoy!

And another Middle-earth drawing:
Aragorn at Helm's Deep
11" x 14"

And another in progress for the gallery:
Daphne and Apollo
48" x 28" oil on panel