I am planning to publish a series of science fiction novels in the near future and have written some associated short stories for marketing purposes. What I need designed is ONE illustration for one of those short stories (there will eventually be 3 for each story). This illustration will appear as part of a free e-book and an A5 printed version of the short story.
The scene to be illustrated has 4 main elements.
1. Background - storm clouds within Jupiter's upper atmosphere (should be dark, claustrophobic in feel).
2. Foreground element 1: observation platform at rear of ship - no windows, platform surrounded by force field (this is a stealth ship so not too many lights).
3. Foreground element 2: illegal Lyquis farmer/engineer (Lyquis = illegal drug produced by bacterial colonies that live within atmosphere) standing on edge of platform, large, home-made 'scatter gun' rifle resting on shoulder, other thumb tucked into tool belt.
4. sparkling swarm of Sylph (bacterial colony that produces Lyquis) rising up around ship.
I will attach a mock-up of this illustration (very rough - colours need to be changed) to give you a sense of the composition, but feel free to experiment, particularly with the ship and Lyquis farmer. Farmer character should have some basic, futuristic armour, and a tool belt, but should look more like a rogue bounty hunter than a conventional soldier.