I don't do illustration work anymore, but I was asked to do the program book cover for a little gaming convention. Not only is the organizer a friend but he also didn't try to tell me what to do he just asked for a fantasy painting of some kind. I can take commissions like that all day, but it's extremely rare for a client to just give you free reign like that. Plus of course I still own the original art and the copyright.So basically this is a piece that I wanted to do anyways so I just did it and called it a commission.
I rubbed charcoal onto the back of the drawing and placed it on a sheet of wood paneling then traced over the drawing with a ballpoint pen. This transfers the sketch to the board like we did in "The Goblin Queen"
Then I started making changes. Lowered his left arm and gave him a shield. Gave him a little more clothing to cover his butt, and changed the lizard a lot. In many ways I'm making it up as I go.