This was a commission for DAW that was done based on an outline…but something happened to the author and he never finished the manuscript. So it’s a painting waiting for a book. His ‘sword’ is supposed to be made of wood.
This is actually a scan of a page out of one of my sketchbooks. It was done in India ink and white watercolor paint, a preliminary study done in preparation for my painting DESTROYING ANGEL, the cover art for DAW’s YEARS BEST HORROR STORIES volume ten.