Quick turnaround on this one - got the call only this evening for a tight print deadline... just made it!
UPDATE: Just received the published cover -
And here's a quick process for you, below. At the time we weren't sure exactly who would come out on top so we came up with a concept that would work with either. I drew two quick thumbnails with both Russ and Gillard sinking in mud, but by the time I started painting I was pretty sure that Gillard would get it. Worst come to worst, I'd just plonk Rudds head and glasses over the top.
I needed to get this done fast, so I skipped my inking step and just started to (digitally) paint directly over my thumbnail sketch. Please click for a closer look.
Thanks for looking!