Jim and Ruth Keegan are the creators of The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob, which appears in various Dark Horse comic books. They've also illustrated a bunch of prose books and dust jackets. Their work has appeared in several Spectrum annuals, and has been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators in New York.
Today we have a couple of the preliminary drawings we did in preparation for painting the cover of Del Rey's 2007 edition of Crimson Shadows. Del Rey established a cover design that required the image to appear in a very small box, so we tried to keep our picture bold and simple. Below is our first tiny thumbnail and a super-quick color study:
Our editor liked the pose, but requested that we lose the helmet and chain mail shirt:
Sans hat and shirt, we were given the go-ahead, and this is how it appeared on the cover: