I've recently finished and turned this in for the "Steampunk Myths and Legends" competition over at the internet place called cgsociety.org. I was looking at some older illustrators, and was blown away by a few pieces that had these dark characters silhouetted against a light background. It inspired me to do a piece where most of the information was in the darks and the lights were dominated by shape. This one has definitely been a painting to learn from. I'm still trying to find a way to incorporate interesting character design into my paintings without just painting "a dude standing there".
..anyway, on to the next one! Hope you dig it.