WEYRWORLD by Michael Whelan, cover for All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.
This is another of my favorite Michael Whelan paintings. I also had this hanging in my room for years and spent countless hours poring over every detail. This one taught me so much about reflected light and texture, and is one of the best examples of sub-surface scattering I found during my formative years as an artist. I have thought about this painting literally every single time I have ever painted light blasting through a dragon’s wing. I hope you guys can appreciate how many times that is.
I think this image is one of the building blocks that makes up my identity as an artist. Michael Whelan would be a cornerstone.