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This is a single page illustration I did back in May for my very good friend Scott 'Doc' Vaughn's :icondocredfield: book "Warbirds of Mars: Stories of the Flight". The image was used as a visual for one of the stories (The Skull of Lazarus; written by Megan Vaughn) within the novel.

Warbirds of Mars is a sci-fi pulp novel that takes place in 1940's where Nazis conspire with aliens for world domination, the heroes wear fedoras and the dames are hot. ;) I couldn't help but we nostalgic of my one true child hood hero, Indiana Jones, while reading the story.

When I was offered this opportunity I wanted to take a step outside of my normal "style" and approach it with experimentation in mind similar to the way that I tackled my last "Oz" cover for Dig Dog Ink.

If you're curious to where the book is available then search no further than the convention circuits or Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/books/dp/098495…

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:iconadamgardnerart:
AdamGardnerArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  New member
This is why I really love the complexity of pencils over inked worked. I first noticed the cross-hatching on top of her fedora and the great use of cross-hatching across the work. Beautiful. In addition to the lovely lady, the composition is terrific! What exactly is that odd skull in the background -- it draws the reader in! Swastika -- Nazis -- something crazy must be going on...
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Museofink Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
This reminds me of Carmen San Diego. 

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XxJennaKittyxX Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
she's beautiful, kinda looks like Carmen Sandeigo! 
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Jokamie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is f**king amazing! :) The details are just wonderful :) Love the hat and the mystery behind it all! :) xo
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Shootingstarphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loving this style, kinda Casablanca esque,

Would love to ink this but i dunno that may be sacrilege lol  
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Shootingstarphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you mind if I have a go at inking it though?
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KuRoUi-MeI Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she reminds me of Carmen San Diego. hehe
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TygerStryke Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013

I thought the same...

 

...ah, the memories. swapping out all those 3.5" floppies... one per continent (2 for Asia/Russia!!)

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KuRoUi-MeI Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>XDDD
yes, the memories TT^TT

the new carmen san diego game changed. = 3=
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InvincibleSoul Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! Cool defferent style.
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Delfine-Kanashii Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Nice !
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured this in my latest Journal :)
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DutchOvenSupreme Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Carmen San Diego
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anakure Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing sketch!!!:omgomg: 
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KevyMetal Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice. Given the illustration, I think of a cross between Indiana Jones and the B-17 story in Heavy Metal. :)
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

I love the B-17 sequence... check out the book Mike's illustration is in for more WWII action, SF an horror!

 

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:iconkevymetal:
KevyMetal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool deal.
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tZuB Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome style Mike! This illustration is great!!!
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Stangace20 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
looks like carmen sandiego lol
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ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Déjà vu
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CrimsonDenizen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah Crap! I already searched further  D:
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ana21410 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Beautiful cover!
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johannes111 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Who will color this?
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BaraaChan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
that's hit all the way to the awesomeness La la la la 
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Swear to God, for a second I thought "Carmen Sandiego vs Nazis?!" I was so in =D
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orca498 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
That was the first thing that popped into my head too! LOL
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JCComicsUniverse Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very well done though I must admit she slightly reminds me of Carmen San Diego
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iowaguy1979 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
excellent work!
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REFLEX76 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
This will look great colored!
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:iconzedrick775:
Zedrick775 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful artwork! Do you think you will or can get it colored? Great work!
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otakuwill Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, is really awoseme :)
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SoloZerker Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is astounding. ^^ It's amazing what you can draw, I envy your talents. :D
With the hat and the collar, this woman slightly reminds me of a character from an old PC game, Where in the World in Carmen San Diego. ^^; It's an odd connection, I know, but for some reason, she reminds me of her. Funny how the mind works. ^^; Although, I'm in no way saying you copied her. This is unique and one of a kind awesomeness. :D
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renslo689 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was thinking the same thing.
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Ajanime22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Wow! Amazing!
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work, Mike!! So happy with this piece and that you could be a part of the book!
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archonus1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
awesome as always!!!!!
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Xandamus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   General Artist
air hunters!
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