This one was a refreshing difference for me, a challenging book cover and character at once, which also led to this promotional wallpaper.
There is a process or a kinda "walk-through" on my blog:
Here is also a "howto" of Photoshop brushes tutorial on my blog, comprehensive resource for the CG-foundations at least:
J.S.Chancellor ´s Novel entitled "Guardian of Legends" available here:
For more infos you can visit her page:
or her blog (also interesting for fictional writers:
1920x1200 resolution wallpaper here:
Some close ups: