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This classic painting for SKYBOWL by Melanie Rawn features signature Whelan cover art traits. It's a majestic portrait of the hero and the dragon so any dragon fan would be intrigued, but in the head bandage, the glowing flame, and the sad but resolute look in the hero's eyes, the loyal reader can see the epic struggle about to be resolved.

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After Michael submitted his concept sketch for the cover of SUNRUNNER'S FIRE by Melanie Rawn, he realized that the anatomy of the dragon's wings was inconsistent with the structure on the other covers he had done for the series. He corrected the wings to match the earlier ones in the full-scale painting he submitted to DAW Books, but they liked the ones in the sketch better.

AMAZING DRAGON (1982) (Michael Whelan) Acrylic on Watercolor Board - 30" x 19" When Amazi... (http://www.michaelwhelan.com)