Like Catching Salamanders.

Some stories take forever to tell, some just take forever to write. This story is nether and both, and still slightly unknown. This cover was one whose scant details I was given before this past summer. For that cover, I drew out a few options (as seen below). This past week, I was hired to illustrate the cover above. Who's on first? Exactly. 

A version of the middleman? I believe so. 

In other news, I recently had the opportunity to wrangle the idea of a holiday "Gift Guide" cover. These days, the illustrative idea horse is a bit rowdier than usual. But such is the challenge of illustrations sometimes. I appreciate a challenge.