Acrylic on Watercolor Board - 32" x 20"
After Michael submitted his concept sketch for the cover of SUNRUNNER'S FIRE by Melanie Rawn, he realized that the anatomy of the dragon's wings was inconsistent with the structure on the other covers he had done for the series.
He corrected the wings to match the earlier ones in the full-scale painting he submitted to DAW Books, but they liked the ones in the sketch better. He then did an entirely new painting with the wings designed the same as in the sketch, figuring that if the fans commented on the differences in the wings he could show them the earlier version LORD PROTECTOR and say that "it was the publisher's fault."
To this day, nobody has ever remarked on the change!