The Shadow of the Lion

One of my most popular covers!
The incarnation of the spirit of Venice, erupting up in light from the stonework of the Campagnile.....
I grew up for several years in northern Italy, and went to Venice many times. When an alternate-history, high-magic Venice book came along, I just had to be involved in that! I tried to paint the light the way I remembered it as a kid, in that 45-minutes-before-sundown light. This one was a tour-de-force of all my digital techniques, and I use it as my prime example when teaching them.